FunnyCide answered Wednesday December 7 2005, 1:56 pm: I love Shakespeare!!
Common misconceptions lead people to believe that the line "Romeo, Romeo. Wherefor art thou, Romeo?" truely means "Where are you?" Which is wrong. What Juliet means is "Romeo, Romeo. Why is your name Romeo?" Because the next line is like 'deny thy father, and refuse thy name' or something, and that's talking about his last name. She's a Capulet (I'm not exactly sure how these are spelled.. it's been a while since I read this one) and Romeo is a Montegue, and their familys are fuding. They aren't allowed to be together. Juliet is asking why he has to be Romeo Montegue and why she has to be Juliet Capulet, not where he is.
I sometimes use these books called "Shakespeare Made Easy," they have the old English version of the text on the right and the modern English version on the left. So you can compare them side by side. I like them alot, they're not expensive, a few dollars a piece, and if you buy them you can write in them.. which I like to do. Notes, yeah. They make everything much easier.
-FunnyCide [ FunnyCide's advice column | Ask FunnyCide A Question ]
dancinqueen08 answered Tuesday December 6 2005, 10:05 pm: The misconception is that it means where are you Romeo. Sorry to say, but that is WRONG. It means why are you (is your name) Romeo. Basically, she's saying why do you have to be of the Montague family (or the enemy family of her own). The line is her wishing that he had a different last name so that it would be acceptable for her to love him. Hope I helped. [ dancinqueen08's advice column | Ask dancinqueen08 A Question ]
S_C answered Tuesday December 6 2005, 7:56 pm: Ohhh I like this question, I read it last year. Before reading it and getting the trasnlation from my teacher I had always thought it meant "Where are you Romeo" but my english teacher last year said that was wrong. All my friends argue with me about it, but it REALLY means...
"Why does your name have to be Romeo?"
Romeo, Romeo. Wherefore art thou, Romeo, deny thy father and refuse thy name.... or I shall do just that (or something along those lines)
It means Why do you have to be Romeo MONTEGUE (SP?) because she's a Capulet and it is forbidden for her to be with a Montegue. Then she says that if he won't deny his name (change his name) she will change hers to be with him. Yeah, it's sweet, it was a good romance story. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. Hope I helped! [ S_C's advice column | Ask S_C A Question ]
MikeDaBoobNinja answered Tuesday December 6 2005, 6:49 pm: Hmm, I wonder what you want it translated in...
Spanish- Romeo, Romeo. ¿Por qué arte usted, Romeo?
French- Roméo, Roméo. Pourquoi l'art tu, Roméo ?
x_mystery answered Tuesday December 6 2005, 6:24 pm: I'm not sure what you mean by "translate", but I can explain the play to you somewhat.
There are two families, the Montagues and the Capulets. The families do not get along, infact, they are enemies. The Capulets (Juliet's family) have a party, and plan for Juliet to find someone to marry at the ball. At parties back then, young suitors even if they were not invited would come, but with masks on. Romeo(From the Montague family) goes to the party, and dances with Juliet. They fall in love, and then find out that they are from enemy families. They get married in secret, by the Friar in his room. Later, Romeo gets in a fight, and kills someone. He is told that he either must get out of town, or stay in Verona and be executed. Juliet does not want her lover to leave, so her and the Friar have a plan for her to drink a potion that will make her appear dead, and she will only be sleeping, and Romeo will come to her and they will reveal the marriage. However, Romeo does not get the letter telling him that Juliet is NOT really dead - the day she is engaged to be married to the suitor her parents set her up with. Romeo thinks his lover is dead, finds an apothocary, and drinks a lethal potion. Juliet wakes up, to find her love dead, kisses Romeo, and then stabs herself and dies.
Romantic, eh? And if I totally just wasted my time and you were wondering what "Romeo, Romeo, Wherefore art thou, Romeo?" meant, its just Juliet wondering where Romeo is.
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