Romeo and Juliet met at a masked ball. It was love at first sight. Later that night Romeo sneaks into Juliet’s garden and hides, he’s anxious to see her. If he were to be caught he would pay! As his family (Montague’s) and Juliet’s family (Capulet) are in a feud and have been for years. Juliet then appears and starts talking about her love for Romeo. Romeo then makes his presence clear and talks of his love for Juliet. At first, Juliet is embarrassed but she soon loses this and they start to express their love for each other. A bit later they start talking of marriage. Romeo and Juliet’s love for each other is shown at the balcony scene where first their discussion of love leads to discussing marriage.
” Three words dear Romeo, and good night indeed. If that thy bent of love be honourable, thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow, by one that I’ll procure to come to thee, where and what time thou wilt perform the right; and all my fortunes at thy foot I’ll lay, and follow thee, my lord, throughout the world”. Romeo feels so happy when he is in love with Juliet. He is constantly thinking of her. Juliet is the light of his world, she gives him light. ” It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!” Juliet is the sun, Romeo’s sun. Romeos love for Juliet is the total opposite of what his love for rosaline was like. He was always sad and upset when he was in love with rosaline because she wouldn’t return his love. He shut himself away in total darkness and spoke very little.
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But now he is always in the light he’s never in the darkness any more because he found new love and she returns his love. Also, he now can’t stop talking about his love for Juliet. Juliet’s love for Romeo is strong. It was love at first sight and she cannot bear to be without him, much the same as how Romeo feels, he can’t bear to be without her. Juliet is willing to let Romeo take what she’s got, she is all his. “And all my fortunes at thy foot I’ll lay, And follow thee, my lord, throughout the world”. Romeo and Juliet both share the same feelings for each other and are deeply in love. They both express their feelings with no hesitance when they are alone or are not in danger of being caught.
Act 2 scene 2 is an important scene because this entire scene shows the love of two young people. How their love takes a turn and leads to their eventual deaths. Because their love was not allowed and they would rather be dead and together than alive and apart forever. If they did not have this scene it would not show the important parts such as when Romeo and Juliet get married or how their love progresses throughout the scene and all the risks they take to see each other. It would not show how two people so young can fall in love at first sight and cannot bear to be apart from each other. Also, it would not show or explain why Juliet did not want to marry Paris the man her parents want her to marry.
It would not explain why Juliet took the drug to make her fall into a deep sleep and the result of that being Juliet’s and Romeo’s deaths. Some people would think that Romeo and Juliet acted immorally, two young people falling in love at first sight and not even knowing each other for long decide to get married. Other people would disagree and think they acted morally, maybe they believe in love at first sight and agree that if two people are so deeply in love, they should get married, and they should stay happily together forever. I disagree I think that Romeo and Juliet acted immorally. I think they were too young and took things too fast even under the circumstances of their two families separating them. I don’t think they should have taken it so far. I don’t think they should have got married.
As a result of them taking it too fast, I think it is what eventually lead to their deaths. Shakespeare’s use of language is very dramatic. He uses language such as,” two of the fairest stars in all the heaven, Having some business, do entreat her eyes To twinkle in their spheres till they return. What if her eyes were there, they in her head? The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars” This is saying that Juliet’s eyes could replace the twinkling stars and her eyes and her cheeks could even outshine them. “O speak again bright angel- for thou art As glorious to this night, being o’er my head As is a winged messenger of heaven unto the white- upturned wondering eyes of mortals: that fall back to gaze on him”.
With Shakespeare’s use of words he is saying that Romeo thinks that Juliet is an angel no only above him but spiritually as well.” Oer my head” he thinks Juliet is an angel from heaven; he is overwhelmed by her he is deeply in love with this angel. Shakespeare also thought this scene out well because as well as actually saying Juliet is above Romeo as an angel, Juliet is also above him on the balcony, so being above Romeo can be either, or both ways. I have watched two different versions of rodeo and Juliet, the Baz Luhrmann version and the Zeffirelli version. The baz luhraman version is modern. The balcony scene I thought was very effective in the way he introduced water to the scene instead of just having the balcony. The water brought a calm feeling to it. So it set aside the thought of worry that Juliet’s parents might catch him and it was relaxing.
Romeo and Juliet expressed their love by kissing and not being able to let go of each other. But with the other version, Zeffirelli’s version Romeo and Juliet were on the balcony and were really passionate and were all over each other and they made a lot more contact, a lot more so than the Baz Luhrmann version. And they were also constantly worrying about being caught. Both versions give over the idea of two young people being deeply in love and how they will face being caught by their enemy just to see each other. Back in Shakespeare’s day Romeo and Juliet would be set on a stage but would have little or no scenery. Male actors would play women characters and there would be no props. The actors would have to improvise, and the audience would have to use their imaginations to create the scenery. Act 2 scene 2 is one of the most important scenes because of a lot of the main storylines In it, such as Romeo and Juliet’s wedding and the lead up to their eventual deaths.