R&J Act I Song Analysis

 

Romeo and Juliet Journal Entry #1:

What is true love?

Do you believe in love at first sight? Is it realistic?

What would you do if you were Romeo or Juliet?

Make connections with the music videos below regarding the ‘Power of Love.”

Which song do you feel best represents the theme of love in Romeo and Juliet? Be specific with references to the lyrics, evidence from the text (quotations and line numbers, please), and the imagery presented in the video.

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  1. The first song, it somewhat explains Romeo’s feelings for Rosaline. How he is madly in love with her and how he wants her and he is upset that she will never love him.

    The second song explains how strong the power of love at first sight is. Romeo didn’t want to go to the party because he was so upset and depressed about Rosaline but then he met Juliet and fell in love with her.


    This song, explains pretty much how Romeo feels about Juliet and how he somewhat felt about Rosaline.

  2. 1)True love is something between two love birds that love each other to the point where if one dies the other would follow unless both make a promise that if one does die then the other must move on.
    2)No, because you can’t like someone when you don’t know what they like or their personality. What if they don’t like the things you like or they like to party and you like to relax and watch movies at home.
    3)If I were Juliet I wouldn’t let Romeo touch me but I would have a conversation with him and at least give him chance.
    If I were Romeo I wouldn’t have gone over to her and jus kissed her but I would watch from a distance and wait for the right time.

  3. “No Woman, No Cry”

    [CLEF:] A dedication to all the refugees worldwide
    One time say, say, say

    I remember when we used to sit in the government yard in Brooklyn.
    Observing the crookedness as it mingled with the good people we meet.
    Good friends we had,
    Good friends we’ve lost along the way.
    In this great future you can’t forget your past,
    So dry your tears I say
    And to my peeps who passed
    Away,
    No woman, no cry, no woman no cry, say say say.
    Hey little sister don’t shed no tears
    No woman no cry say say say.
    I remember when we used to rock in a project yard in Jersey,
    And little Georgie would make the firelight,
    As stolen cars passed through the night
    And then we’d hit the corner store for Roots, paper, and brew.
    My drink’s my only remedy
    For pain of losing family, but while I’m gone Shorty,
    Everything’s gonna be alright, everything’s gonna be alright,
    Fugees come to the dance tonight, everything’s gonna be alright,
    O everything’s gonna be alright,
    The gun man’s in the house tonight,
    But everything’s gonna be alright.

    [CHORUS: Oh ah oh ah (7 times)]

    [CLEF:]
    No woman no cry, no woman no cry.
    Hey, little sister, don’t shed no tears
    no woman no cry say say say.
    I remember when we used to sit in a government yard in Trenchtown.
    The hypocrites as they mingled with the good people we meet.
    Good friends we had Oh good friends we’ve lost
    Along the way hey.
    In this great future,
    You can’t forget your past so dry your tears I say
    And no woman no cry. No woman no cry say say say.
    Hey, little sister, don’t shed no tears
    No woman no cry and to my peeps who passed away

    [CHORUS: Oh ah oh ah (5 times)]

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    I chose the song no woman no cry because in Romeo and Juliet
    Romeo loves Juliet to the point that he doesn’t want to hurt and make her cry and he can’t really get to her cause her parents don’t agree with him.

    • I’ve been thinking about this a bit more, Jordan. This song, originally written and performed by Bob Marley, speaks of surviving hard times and moving on. Specifically, the “No woman no cry” means “Don’t cry on what has happened as it is the past. Forget the hard times and malignant periods of your life. Move on and plan for the future.” (http://genius.com/2671720) I’m going to need some help understanding your thinking on this one as Romeo doesn’t really have this context nor does he say anything similar when they meet, does he?

  4. I think love s when you see or know some one who you want to get to know better and end up having a future with them

    I don’t really believe in love at first sight because how can someone instantly say they love someone without even knowing what kind of person they are all you know they can be a extreamely dangerous criminal. I honk people Like Romeo and Juliet fall in love only through sight meaning Romeo likes Juliet because she’s pretty.

    If I was Romeo or Juliet I wouldn’t just kiss the first really pretty girl or boy I seen . In today’s age kissing a random person can give you some really gross infection that can last a lifetime and also Juliet is thirteen she shouldn’t even be thinking of kissing someone.

    In Celine Dions power of love she said as I look in your eyes I hold on to your body it’s kind of like when Romeo and Juliet first met there eyes met also in the other power of love in verse and in verse 2 it says fisrt tim you feel it it might make you sad , next time you feel it might make you mad , but you’ll be glad baby when you’ve found, that the power of love that sound like when Romeo says he loves Rosalind and it made him sad that she didn’t love him back but when he than met Juliet he was glad he found the one .

    I think Celine dions power of love represents the theme of Romeo and Juliet.

  5. True love in my opinion is something that is everlasting, that will never fade away. I do not believe in love at first site. In my opinion it doesn’t seem possible. I think this because you wouldn’t know any thing about this person, you would just be attracted to his or her appearance. What if the person was a murderer or worse? You would have no clue. I think that if you spend time getting to know them makes more sense enstead of claiming that it’s true love. If I was Juliet and I was at a party, and a man I didn’t know was staring at me and going to approach me I would be creeped out and scared. I think that because you don’t know this man why is he staring at you, I’d be walking in the opposite direction of this man because I wouldn’t know what he wants. If I were Romeo I wouldn’t have kissed Juliet I would’ve just tried to get to know her first. I belive that “Love Story” by Taylor Swift shows the theme of love from Romeo and Juliet. “Romeo save me, they try to tell me how to feel this love is difficult but it’s real!” This line in the song really expresses how Juliet really loved Romeo and would do anything to be with him. This song explains how Romeo and Juliet knew about the family’s feud and decided to sneak there love.

  6. I think that true love is when you truly love someone no matter who they are. When you love the person on the inside not out. I don’t believe love at first sight because I believe that you should get to know the person better and who they are then just to see them and love them but you don’t even know the person.If I was Juliet I would want to get to know and talk Romeo to get to know who he is. In Celine Dion song they are heading for something new and move on like how Romeo wants to pursue and get to know Juliet better . The power of love by huey lewis, Love is alot of different emotions and situations it’s not always happy and there can be ups down, like in Romeo and Juliet how Romeo is montegue and Juliet is Capulet and their families don’t like each other so there’s going to be a lot of different emotions and tension, Love isn’t always easy and sometimes difficult. I think that the power of love by Huey Lewis best represents the theme of Romeo and Juliet because in the song love isn’t always going to be perfect is going to be ups and downs and a lot of different emotions like how Romeo Is a Montague And Juliet is a capulet and two families dislike each other so there’s going to be a lot of tension and upside down between Romeo and Juliet, and they will have to overcome a lot of issues to be together , just like when Romeo entered the party one of the Capulet wanted to kill Romeo in line fifty five because he was a Montague.

  7. In my opinion true love is caring about someone unconditionally and putting that person ahead of yourself. It’s also smiling at and enjoying the little things like the other person’s smile, laugh, eyes, etc. True love is genuine. I don’t believe in love at first sight and I don’t think it is realistic. I think this because love takes time to grow and to love someone I feel you need to know them to a certain degree. However, you can be attracted to someone at first sight. If I were Romeo or Juliet I wouldn’t have kissed the other after a 1 minute long conversation. I wouldn’t because I would want to know the person very well and feel something more than just a spark or connection. I think Power of love by Huey Lewis best represents the theme of love in Romeo and Juliet because it talks about how love is unpredictable and imperfect. That describes Romeo and Juliet because their love is unpredictable and far from perfect hence “star crossed lovers”. We learn just how imperfect their love is in act 1 scene 5 lines 117 and 136 when Romeo and Juliet learn that they love the “enemy”.

    • Thanks, Katrina!
      Please always provide the exact words from the passage you are referring to and explain. You say that, “I think Power of love by Huey Lewis best represents the theme of love in Romeo and Juliet because it talks about how love is unpredictable and imperfect.” Please provide the exact lines you are referring to and explain in detail.

  8. In my opinion I think True love is thinking how someone is or caring about someone so much, than putting the person you love ahead of yourself. I also think it’s you can’t stop thinking of them if you think or even look at that person you smile and you love all the little things that person does. I don’t in my opinion believe in true love I never have I also don’t think it is realistic because it takes time to be able to love someone you would need to get to know them and know that person. I don’t think you can have love at first sight but you can look at someone at first and then be attracted to that person. if I were Romeo or Juliet I wouldn’t have kissed the other person because before kissing someone I would like to feel something more than a spark or something I wouldn’t kiss anyone I just met after a 30 second conversation. Power of love by Huey Lewis represents the theme of love in Romeo and Juliet. I think it best represents Romeo and Juliet the best because in the song it’s about how love is unpredictable. It describes Romeo and Juliet because so far their “love” is unpredictable.

    • Thanks, Alexis.
      Please explain your thinking when you say the “Power of love by Huey Lewis represents the theme of love in Romeo and Juliet. I think it best represents Romeo and Juliet the best because in the song it’s about how love is unpredictable.” Why do you think this? Provide specific lyrics and explain with proof from the play.

  9. In act one Romeo thinks he has found true love. I think true love is when both sides really like eachother and know what eachother want. Right when Romeo sees Juliet he falls in love with her. I don’t think that it is realistic because I don’t think that love at first sight is real. I think that you have to get to know someone before you get to know them. If I were Romeo I would try to keep going with Juliet. I would keep it in secret because our families hate each other. I think Smash Mouth’s “I’m a Believer”. I think this because in Romeo and Juliet Romeo wasn’t planning on looking at girls but when he saw Juliet his kind changed. In the song it says “I thought love was only true in fairy tales
    Meant for someone else but not for me
    Love was out to get me
    That’s the way it seems
    Disappointment haunted all my dreams” which is like Romeo before he sees Juliet and then it says “And then I saw her face
    Now I’m a believer
    And not a trace
    Of doubt in my mind
    I’m in love” which is like Romeo after he sees Juliet. Overal I think “Im a Believer” represents Romeo and Juliet.

    • Hey, Molena.
      You mention that “In act one Romeo thinks he has found true love.” How do you know this? Be specific with quotations and line numbers from the play. You also say, “Right when Romeo sees Juliet he falls in love with her.” Provide proof from the play. How do you know? I like that you found another song to connect with. Please provide a link and explain the specific lyrics to discuss and connect with. Don’t leave your reader to try and make the connection themselves.

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