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Examples of Puns in Romeo and Juliet


Puns in Romeo and Juliet

Post by natttt
Posted on 2011-01-11 12:21:22
Examples of Puns in Romeo and Juliet:

Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down.

Mercutio: That dreamers often lie
Romeo: In bed asleep, while they do dream things true. Dreamers lie (are false), and lie (down)

Mercutio: You are a lover; borrow Cupid"s wings,
And soar with them above a common bound.
Romeo: I am too sore enpierced with his shaft

Mercutio (on being fatally wounded): Ask for me to-morrow, and you shall find me a grave man.

Sampson: Gregory, o" my word, we"ll not carry coals
Gregory: No, for then we should be colliers
Sampson: I mean, an we be in choler, we"ll draw
Gregory: Ay, while you live, draw your neck out o" the collar

Gregory: The quarrel is between our masters and us their men.
Sampson: íTis all one, I will show myself a tyrant. When I have fought with the men, I will be cruel with the maids, and cut off their heads.
Gregory: The heads of the maids?
Sampson: Ay, the heads of the maids, or their maidenheads; take it in what sense thou wilt.

Give me a torch. I am not for this ambling. Being but heavy, I will bear the light.

What dost thou make us minstrels? An thou makes minstrels of us, look to hear nothing but discords.

We see the ground (earth/reason) whereon these woes do lie; But the true ground of all these piteous woes. We cannot without circumstance descry.

Mercutio: Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance.
Romeo: Not I, believe me. You have dancing shoes.
With nimble soles; I have a soul of lead
So stakes me to the ground I cannot move.


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