Queen Mab Speech

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Shakespeare in the Media 21 April 2001 Queen Mab Speech (Act one, Scene 4, Line 53 - 106) This scene takes place outside of Capulet’s house, as Romeo, Benvolio, and a number of friends and fellow Montagues gather before entering the party. In order to protect their addends, the members of Romeo’s party are going to the ball as masked dancers, and they pause to discuss the details of their performance. Romeo insists on being a torch-bearer, claiming that he is too lovesic Continue...


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December 1990: 386 ------------------------------------------------------------------------Bibliography2 Works CitedBevington, David: The Bantam "Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet January 1980:22-27Bloom, Harold : William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Bloom's Notes 1996: 16Boyce, Charles: "Shakespeare A to Z The essential reference to his plays,his poems, his life, and times, and more. This led Mercutio to deliver an intricate speech. Through the speech, Mercutio is trying to show Romeo just how unrealistic his love is for Rosaline. Romeo feels it is too soon to enter Capulets' festivity and fears some kind of consequence is about to take place. The passage of Queen Mab, is a montage of fairy lore, country superstition, and is probably a poetic invention by Shakespeare. Romeo states he had a dream that foretold something was going to happen, what, he knew not. One of Romeo's friends, Mercutio teases Romeo unmercifully for not dancing. Romeo responds by telling Mercutio that he is talking nonsense, in turn Mercutio tells Romeo that dreams are nonsense. At this time Benvolio states in essence that they were going to be late. Describing Queen Mab as a 'midwife' who brings dreams to humans in a variety of social situations. (Bevington 27) 2 Works CitedBevington, David: The Bantam "Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet January 1980:22-27Bloom, Harold : William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Bloom's Notes 1996: 16Boyce, Charles: "Shakespeare A to Z The essential reference to his plays,his poems, his life, and times, and more.

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