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John McDonald, Romeo & Juliet: The Graphic Novel, 2011.
- JULIET -
O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love And I’ll no longer be a Capulet. [...] ’Tis but thy name that is my enemy: Thou art thyself, though not a Montague. What’s Montague? It is nor hand nor foot, Nor arm nor face, nor any other part Belonging to a man. O be some other name! What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other word would smell as sweet; So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d, Retain that dear perfection which he owes Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name, and for thy name, which is no part of thee, Take all myself.
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (Act II, scene 2), 1597.
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Exercice 1 : Impossible love
Observe this picture. Why is the young man hiding?
Read the text. What are Juliet’s and Romeo’s family names? What is the problem?