Romeo is waiting under Juliet's window and when he sees her, yearns for her beauty. Juliet goes out onto the balcony and, thinking she is alone, speaks. She wishes Romeo was not a Montague and that she was not a Capulet and professes her love for Romeo. Romeo speaks out that he will be baptized and change his name. Juliet is surprised that someone was listening to her and inquires who is outside. Romeo answers. Juliet asks how he got there and says it is dangerous. Romeo thinks he is invincible because of how much he loves Juliet. She becomes embarrassed because he heard her proclaim her love for him. Romeo returns the proclamation of love. The nurse calls for Juliet a few times. Juliet challenges Romeo's proclamation, "If that thy bent of love be honorable, thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow." Romeo agrees to the marriage. They reluctantly say goodnight although it is almost morning. Both Romeo and Juliet display childlike excitement about their wedding.
This scene is connected to the previous scene by a rhyming couplet. The first line is Benvolio's and the second is Romeo's. "To seek him here that means not to be found. He jests at scars that never felt a wound." The connection foreshadows the haste with which the decisions and actions occur in the scene. The sequences of events are important because had Juliet known Romeo was listening she probably would not have been so quick to tell him she loved him. She loves him, he loves her, and now they are getting married. Their action is "too rash, too unadvised, too sudden." The romantic tone and the pace for the rest of the play have been set.
Romeo is not thinking about reality, only about being in love with Juliet. He is more romantic, and wants “satisfaction,” the “exchange of thy love’s faithful vow.” His main concern is love, and his extensive use of imagery (“bright angel” “love’s light wings” “I am no pilot”) and figurative language reiterates this more romantic focus.
Juliet is more practical (“fain would I dwell on form”), and worried about Romeo’s safety (“they will murder thee”). Her limited use of imagery shows that she is more pragmatic than Romeo.
soliloquy (n.) the act of talking to oneself; a dramatic monologue that reveals the inner thoughts and feelings of a character. In this scene, we hear many soliloquies from both Romeo and Juliet that reveals some important characteristics.
Homework: Choose one to write a response to: Use evidence from the text to support your answers. Be specific in your quotes!
1. Reread the text from Act 2 (book is available on the page links above) and choose a specific line from both Romeo and Juliet that demonstrates the emotion Shakespeare is crafting in this scene. Use evidence from the text to support your choice.
2. Why do you think Shakespeare crafted the scene so that the audience is aware of Romeo’s presence before Juliet is aware? Remember to use evidence from the text to support your answer.
3. How does Juliet’s claim about the nature of a rose apply to Romeo? Students should consider their answer to the previous question.
4. Reread lines 79–84. What extended metaphor is Romeo constructing in these lines? What might this reveal about how Romeo understands his relationship to Juliet?
5. How do Romeo and Juliet’s desires, concerns, and fears change throughout their interactions with one another in this scene? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
Don't forget to cite: (ACT.scene.line number).
Reponse must be 1 FULL page in MLA format.