What man art thou that, thus bescreened in night, / So stumblest on my counsel?

What can you infer about Romeo and Juliet by comparing their use of language  in Act II, scene ii, lines 52-111? Consider their main concerns in this excerpt.  Be sure to use specific textual evidence to support your claim, and further, be sure to make clear how that evidence actually supports that claim.

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R&J blog #8

34 thoughts on “What man art thou that, thus bescreened in night, / So stumblest on my counsel?

  1. In Act 2 Scene ii of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, we can infer many things by their language. When people act out the play, gestures are really important, but it’s also important to focus on the type of language that they use while speaking to each other. From Romeo’s language, we can infer that he is almost in a way, irrational. To be irrational means to be not logical or reasonable. This is exactly how Romeo is. When Juliet says why his name is Romeo, he says, “My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself // Because it is an enemy to thee. // Had I it written, I would tear the word.” In just a blink of an eye he says that he hates his name, almost as if he is ashamed of it but why is he ashamed? Is their love really that powerful that he is just giving up his name or is it that he is being unreasonable? I am asking these questions because I’m getting the feeling that Romeo is in love with being in love more than being with Juliet. Anyways, he starts to promise Juliet, “Lady, by yonder blessèd moon I vow, // That tips with silver all these fruit-tree tops.” He is sounding as if he love her so deeply and is willing to make a promise which he can’t break even when it would be tempting to do so. We can infer from this that Romeo is so love-crazy that he isn’t thinking about reality. This leads us to Juliet who we can infer is the opposite by analyzing her language. Juliet states, “How camest thou hither, tell me, and wherefore? // The orchard walls are high and hard to climb, // And the place death, considering who thou art, // If any of my kinsmen find thee here” when she sees Romeo. Throughout the scene she keeps asking Romeo questions. She seems worried and nervous. Juliet mentions all the bad things that can happen instead of “living in the moment”, and having fun. We can infer that Juliet is almost more practical. I say this because she seems more concerned with the actual doing of something rather than with theory and ideas. She loves Romeo but her nerves interfere and she becomes concerned about falling in love. I guess the saying, “opposites attract” really does take part here. In conclusion, we can infer Romeo and Juliet’s characteristics by paying close attention to their language.

    • Good job Noy! You bring up some very good points, however, I don’t believe that Romeo is in love with the idea of being in love with Juliet. I think he was that way with Rosaline. Yes, he is irrational and I think that he is only this way because he really loves her in a way that he has never loved anyone else before. But I agree with your point on Juliet being the practical one and how opposites attract. Keep up the good work!

      • Great Blog! But I agree with Anjali on the point that Romeo is in love with Juliet, not just the idea of loving her. We know this because they have actually touched and Shakespeare broke the Petrarchan style of poetry.

  2. Good job Noy! You bring up some very good points, however, I don’t believe that Romeo is in love with the idea of being in love with Juliet. I think he was that way with Rosaline. Yes, he is irrational and I think that he is only this way because he really loves her in a way that he has never loved anyone else before. But I agree with your point on Juliet being the practical one and how opposites attract. Keep up the good work!

  3. In lines 52-111 of Romeo and Juliet act 2 scene 2, Romeo and Juliet are talking about how Romeo is Montague. These lines start with Juliet finding out Romeo has been there the whole time. When Juliet asks Romeo who this man creeping outside her balcony is he says “By a name I know not how to tell thee who I am. My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself Because it is an enemy to thee. Had I it written, I would tear the word (lines 58-62)”. Romeo is saying that he hates his name because she hates it and that he would get rid of his name if he had made it. Then Juliet says “My ears have not yet drunk a hundred words Of that tongue’s uttering, yet I know the sound. Art thou not Romeo, and a Montague?(lines 63-65)”. She is saying that she knows who he is by his voice because she already knows the sound. The Juliet asks how he got over the wall and how he found her. Romeo says how love guided him to her and loves wings carried him over the wall. Then Juliet says that if he was found here he would be killed. Romeo replies “Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye Than twenty of their swords. Look thou but sweet, And I am proof against their enmity.(lines 76-78)”. Romeo is saying that one bad look from Juliet is worse than 20 of the kingsmen’s swords. And then he says that as long as she keeps looking at him nicely he will continue to overcome obstacles. Then Juliet gives a long speech about how she loves Romeo. The main concern of this excerpt was about Romeo’s name. Juliet and Romeo have come to a sort of agreement that his name and the families feud will not get between them.

  4. In Romeo and Juliet, the lines 52 – 111 of act 2 scene 2, we see a little bit of a difference between their two personalities. At first, Juliet is talking about Romeo and doesn’t know that he is there. Juliet loves him and is happy that he is there but is a little taken aback by the fact that he was waiting there, and watching. As they both become more comfortable with each other, and they start talking, they show each other how much they love one another and how badly they want to be together forever. Romeo, being the older one of the two, is a little bit more experienced to being with someone and tends to start expressing his love to her, yet she soon joins in. Juliet, although she loves him, knows that he will have to go soon before he is caught and murdered. She wants to stay and talk with him but knows that he cannot. But, Romeo keeps pushing for her. They are both so in love with each other that they want to be together whenever is possible and even whenever it is not. This interaction breaks that petrarchan wall that has been put up, Shakespeare does this by finally giving in and giving Romeo someone to love for real and not just look after in amazement like Rosaline. Yet, his girl still gets put on a pedestal. Many things could be factored into this theory of the petrarchan wall some for it and some against it. But you won’t know it all until you see the exchange between Romeo and Juliet on her balcony.

  5. Romeo and Juliet have a very emotional and romantic conversation when Romeo reveals himself to Juliet after listening to her speak of him in Juliet’s household. Romeo says multiple things about how love cannot be stopped by any sort of boundaries. He says that he hates having the name Montague, and would get rid of it if he could. He also said that the orchard walls that Juliet lived within would not stop him from getting to her. But, Juliet seems to be the more concerned one, but she also has some thoughts that seem impossible and irrational about having their love continue. She is worried about him getting into her home, and tells him that he might be killed if he is found sneaking into the walls. She asks him how he found where she lived, and also asks him how he got here. She tells him that she would usually love and enjoy his company, but on this occassion, she doesn’t love it as much. She says that it is too sudden and dangerous for Romeo, and asks him to leave. But, she succumbs to him after she says this, and allows him to stay for a little while longer. Juliet does have a thought that is irrational and dangerous, when she tells Romeo to come again at a specific time so they can have another meeting in private.

  6. In Act II, Scene ii of Romeo and Juliet, we witness Romeo and Juliet having a conversation concerning their love. This occurs specifically from lines 52-111, where Juliet and Romeo talking about how Romeo came to her balcony and also swearing their love for one another. This passage really showed me what lengths Romeo and Juliet are willing to go to to see each other, as Juliet says, “How camest thou hither, tell me and wherefore?/ The orchard walls are high and hard to climb,…With love’s light wings did I o’erperch these walls/ For stony limits cannot hold love out,” (ll. 67-68 and 71-72, page 73). Romeo and Juliet are quite different in this scene. Here, Juliet seems to be more reasonable and level headed than Romeo. While she actually questions how he made it to her, all Romeo does is repeatedly profess his love for her and act love struck. Juliet also seems to have a sort of power over Romeo. In this scene, Juliet asks Romeo to take an oath for her love, and Romeo almost immediately agrees, only to have her tell him NOT to swear the oath. Juliet also seems more realistic in this scene as she leaves repeatedly. Juliet realizes that she cannot stay on her balcony too long or that will raise suspicion. But Romeo continues to keep bringing her back to the balcony to talk to her again and again. She then warns him to leave quickly because if he is discovered, that means trouble for both of them. Juliet also takes charge in the relationship by telling Romeo of her proposition. She is not waiting to be asked, instead, “Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow,” (ll. 151, page 79). She basically gives her lover an ultimatum: by tomorrow, decide whether you are to be married to me or not. To be honest, I found myself surprised by the relationship in this scene and am wondering if it will continue going into Act II, Scene iii.

  7. After rereading Act II Scene ii, what stood out to me most was Romeo and Juliet’s comfort levels with each other. At first Romeo isn’t comfortable enough to make himself known to Juliet, but as he watches her he gets more comfortable and decides to talk to her. “Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?” (Pg. 71 L. 40). Once Romeo comes out of hiding and starts talking to Juliet, you can see that she was uncomfortable in the situation. She wasn’t really talking much until she realized who he was. “My ears have not drunk a hundred words/ Of thy tongue’s uttering, yet I know the sound./ Art thou not Romeo, and a Montague?” (Pg. 73 L. 63-65). After this she started talking to him more and more. Juliet seemed a little uncomfortable with the situation still, since Romeo was a Montague. Romeo wasn’t acting the same way. This leads us to assume that Romeo doesn’t care about houses, he only cares about Juliet. On the other hand, Juliet seems to care about houses- in the beginning she wanted Romeo to change his name so she could marry him. Once Juliet starts talking about marriage, we can assume that she got over her ideas of names, and embraced her love for Romeo. It seemed like the whole time with Romeo she was holding back, until she finally realized that what she and Romeo had was special and not worth losing over names. I think that Juliet was thinking more about consequences to her actions, and Romeo was not. As we know, there are serious consequences to their actions later on. I wonder what the story would be like if Juliet kept thinking about consequences. Would Juliet marry Paris? Would Romeo marry Rosaline? We will never know sadly.

    • Great Job, Hailey! Your response was well-written and included adequate analysis. I liked how you focused on specific aspects of the text. Keep up the great work!

  8. In Act ii, scene ii of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, we the readers are given a glimpse of the relationship between Romeo and Juliet. In lines 52-111, as Romeo approached Juliet’s balcony and communicates with her, they speak in a way that represents pure love. It is evident that Romeo will do anything for Juliet and vice versa, ““How camest thou hither, tell me and wherefore?/ The orchard walls are high and hard to climb,…With love’s light wings did I o’erperch these walls/ For stony limits cannot hold love out.” In this scene, Romeo seems much more experienced with love and is more reasonable towards Juliet in the relationship. While Romeo is repeatedly professing his love for Juliet, she asks him to change his name and deny it in order for them to get married. For Romeo, changing and denying his father’s name seems quite unrealistic and difficult to do. In addition, both Romeo and Juliet, are head over heels in love with each other, doing anything for their significant other. For example, Romeo kept bringing back Juliet into the balcony with just a couple words. Also, Juliet can get a response from Romeo in a matter of seconds. Juliet seems to take control of this relationship, knowing Romeo will do anything for her, “Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow.” Juliet is just proposing that they plan a wedding and demands an answer by the next day. I wonder how Romeo will respond to Juliet proposal, and how their love story will progress throughout the course of the story. I hope to read more and learn more about Romeo, Juliet, and their everlasting love story.

    • Great response, Ajay! I agree with you, both Romeo and Juliet will do anything for each other. Although Romeo has been in love before, we don’t know if Romeo is this romantic with all of his ladies. And yet, Juliet does see a way to take control of the relationship and tell him what she wants. Marriage. And sure enough, Romeo wants the same thing. I also like oh you called their romance “everlasting,” great work!

  9. In act 2, scene ii, Romeo and Juliet profess how great their love is for each other. Although Romeo and Juliet use language full of love, they are seeking with different tones and ideas. Romeo as we’ve discussed is the Petrarchan lover. He will do anything for Juliet, even change his name. “Call me but love, and I be new baptized. Henceforth I never will be Romeo,” Lines 54-55. He says that wings of love have carried him over the garden wall, and he begins to love and commit to Juliet. Romeo is head over heels in love with her, and to him, he NEEDS to tell her exactly what she means to him. Juliet, however, has a more cautious approach to Romeo revealing himself to her. She tells him, “And the place death, considering who thou art, If any of my kinsmen find thee here,” and, “By whose direction found’st thou out this place?” She believes it is him, and she is full of wonder. A boy hasn’t gone after Juliet like this and it is very new to her, but she is flattered, and she remains composed. During her speech to Romeo, she asks him if he loves her faithfully. Then, she announces that she loves him very much, and that she meant all of the things she said about him. Finally, she admits that she should’ve remained shy the night they met, but she is madly in love with him, and she cannot help herself. Juliet is a more grounded lover, because she seems to be the only one concerned about the family’s feud. Whereas Romeo is the Petrarchan lover, because he disregards all of the world’s problems and his world revolves around Juliet. All in all, they still love each other so madly.

    • Awesome job, Ashley. I agree with many of your points, but in your last part where you say Romeo is the Petrarchan lover I disagree. Falling in love with Juliet he broke the Petrarchan tradition. I think you mean that Romeo just loves her so intensely. Nonetheless, great job on your blog.

  10. In lines 52-11 of scene ii for Act II, Romeo and Juliet’s relationship advances further into the plot. Romeo has just revealed himself to Juliet under her balcony after listening to her lengthy soliloquy, and a long conversation between the two follows. They both directly express their deep and endless love to each other. Through the lines, Juliet continuously warns Romeo of the impending danger of going there. However, Romeo still does not have a care in the world. When Juliet tells him her guards will murder him if they catch him, he says he would rather die than live without her, which shows how much he loves her. “My life were better ended by their hate / Than death proroguèd, wanting of thy love.” Juliet had also declared the same earlier. In addition, Romeo constantly attempts to swear his deep affection for her, but is still interrupted each time by Juliet, who says that if he does, he may be lying. “Dost thou love me? I know thou wilt say ‘ay,’ / And I will take thy word. Yet if thou swear’st / Thou mayst prove false.” This conviction to be together will soon contribute to their final fate, where we know they kill themselves in order to be together. All of this goes to show how much the two lovers care for each other.

  11. When rereading these lines, I saw and noticed many details that would help my inferences on Romeo and Juliet’s relationship. They care for each other so much, even though they knew each other for less than a day. It shows real passion and quick love, an example of love at first sight. With that, Romeo calls her a Sun, to kill an envious Moon. So bright and beautiful, almost overwhelming, like their love right after he was in love with Rosaline. Their love is one of great uniqueness in the way they had such a classic interaction, once he sees Juliet, they just know, it is such a click, one that leaves both of them willing to change their identities and elope a day after they meet. Which, ultimately, the product is a tragedy.

    • Great blog! I love how you kept it short but had a lot of information on different topics there. I agree that their love is an example of love at first sight. Keep up the good work. 🙂

  12. After rereading Act II Scene ii of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakspeare, I realized that even after seeing each other twice, they still acted as if they knew each other for a long time. First, this happened while Romeo is creepily stalking Juliet. He realized that after everything Juliet said on the balcony, he was comfortable enough to comfort her instead of watching her. “Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?” (Pg. 71). Even though they had only met once before, Juliet had recognized Romeo’s voice. This shows how much they pay attention to each other. “My ears have not drunk a hundred words/ Of thy tongue’s uttering, yet I know the sound./ Art thou not Romeo, and a Montague?” (Pg. 73). After this, they started conversing with each other and although Juliet was a bit uncomfortable because, after all, Romeo was a Montague, a sworn enemy of the Capulets. Romeo only cared about love, not fighting. Juliet even wanted Romeo to change his last name so that they could get married (at 13 and 17!). Juliet was so focused on marrying Romeo that she tells him, “Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow.” IS this because she does not want to marry Paris or because of some other reason? I am excited to find out what happens next in this tragedy.

    • I liked reading your blog though you didn’t discuss any main concerns. To answer your question if Juliet ever loved Paris, she clearly loves Romeo much more and wants to marry him purely out of love.

  13. The love between Romeo and Juliet, as we all know is everlasting. And if their fate could allow it, they would have lived a happily ever after. However, that is not the story. On the balcony, Juliet says many things, and ideas and dreams that she wish could happen. However, she is a Capulet and he is a Montague. She does not know that Romeo is hiding behind the bushes seeing everything that she does. When he does pop out, he proclaims his love for her and even declares that he will change his name for her, as he continues to call her more beautiful objects whether on the ground or in the sky. We can obviously tell that this is not a Petrarchan love, because as much as Romeo puts Juliet on a pedestal, he acts on his feelings and he acts different around her. He thinks of her as a goddess yet, she is still a human that he, a mere mortal can love.

  14. Line 52 from Act 2 Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet begins very interestingly. After watching Juliet privately admit her desires, Romeo pops out of a bush and declares he will try and fulfill Juliet’s wishes. The reason I think this entrance is so peculiar yet brilliant is that it lends a comical and romantic aspect (Romeo is stalking Juliet out of love) but also is a nice way to get Juliet to admit her truest desires which would have been hard to extract in any other way. In lines, 52-111 Romeo states that he will denounce his parents if it would make Juliet happy. When asked how he found Juliet and when Juliet warns him about the inhabitants of her castle that would try and kill Romeo. Romeo says love let him find Juliet and love will let him fly over the castle walls to Juliet. To address her concern, Romeo says the night shall hide me and your kindness will make me invulnerable to your relative’s anger. Juliet is still embarrassed at her private thoughts which Romeo overheard and mentions this along with saying she wants Romeo to prove his love. Throughout this ordeal, both Romeo and Juliet have a constant concern. Can they get married even though they are from separate households? Juliet wishes one of them would give up their family name, but will that really protect them? Here is the line where Juliet is talking this, “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.“ Unfortunately, a family will always be family and Romeo and Juliet cannot love each other without a consequence.

  15. Romeo and Juliet’s conversation is very romantic, and we see a little bit of both their personalities a bit clearer. Juliet seems as if she is the cautious one. She is young and doesn’t have any experience with love. She seems like a very obedient child. When her mother told her to start thinking of marrying Paris, Juliet said that she will do only what her mother would allow her to do. When Romeo reveals himself to Juliet after she speaks, she cautions him against staying. “The orchard walls are high and hard to climb,/ And the place death, considering who thou art,/ If any of my kinsmen find thee here.”(page 73, lines 68-70) Juliet does not want to be found out, and she doesn’t want to get into trouble. Romeo, on the other hand, is not as careful as Juliet. “I have night’s cloak to hide me from their eyes,/ And, but thou love me, let them find me here./ My life were better ended by their hate/ Than death proroguèd, wanting of thy love.”(page 75, lines 80-83) Romeo is not afraid of being caught, or at least he acts that way. Romeo is more of the daring type of person. He also just wants to be with Juliet. He is ready to make the vows and he already swore on himself that he loves Juliet. Romeo really loves Juliet, and she also loves him. But will their different personalities, one cautious and the other bold, cause them to make choices that they would not have made if not under the influence of one another?

  16. Lines 52-111 in Act II, scene ii of Romeo and Juliet emphasize the way that both Romeo and Juliet feel about each other as well as develop their relationship. These lines can be broken up into three main sections: 1) Romeo’s name, 2) the danger of their relationship, and 3) their love for each other. Lines 52-66 are about Romeo’s name, 67-83 are about their relationship, and 84-111 is about their love. So let’s start with the first section. Juliet wants Romeo to give up his name for her, so that their love will not be forbidden. “By a name / I know not how to tell thee who I am. / My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself / Because it is an enemy to thee. / Had I it written, I would tear the word,” (II.ii.58-62) Romeo is prepared to reject his family so he can be with Juliet. This also furthers his character by making him come off as irrational. I mean, it’s sweet that he’s willing to turn his back on his family for her, but did he really think it through? Is he really prepared to give them up? He’s just jumping into a relationship with a woman who he met not even an hour before. The next part of their discussion starts with Juliet asking Romeo how he managed to get over the orchard wall. To which he responded with, “With love’s light wings did I o’erperch these walls, / For stony limits cannot hold love out, / And what love can do, that dares love attempt,” (II.ii.7-73). Juliet also mentions that if Romeo is found by anyone he will be immediately killed on sight. “[JULIET] If they do see thee, they will murder thee. / [ROMEO] Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye / Than twenty of their swords. Look thou but sweet, / And I am proof against their enmity,” (II.ii. 75-78). Romeo is saying that as long as he has Juliet’s love, he has the power to fight off anyone who tries to kill him. The last part of these lines is really just Juliet saying that she loves Romeo, and hopes that he feels the same way. She says that she would remain faithful to him. “But trust me, gentleman, I’ll prove more true / Than those that have more coying to be strange. / I should have been more strange, I must confess, / But that thou overheard’st ere I was ware / My true-love passion. Therefore pardon me, / And not impute this yielding to light love, / Which the dark night hath so discoverèd,” (II.ii.105-111). And, later on in the scene, she asks if he wishes for the two of them to be married, to which he agrees.

  17. Shakespeare has given Romeo and Juliet important ways of thinking and speaking that provide us with important information regarding the two lovers. The language used in Act II Scene 2 has much to do with names and age, and helps us understand hidden messages that our characters give us. For Romeo, we easily learn how rash of a decision maker he is with how quickly he falls in love and admired Juliet. “My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself because it is an enemy to thee. Had I it written, I would tear the word,”(L.60-62). Romeo has made the quick decision that he is going to completely leave his family name behind and have a name that is not an enemy to the Capulet family. For any normal person, it is a difficult decision deciding if it is right to leave your family and join a new one. However, Shakespeare uses the young Romeo to quickly decide that his true love he met in the same day is more important to his family. We know that he will later regret this decision that he makes. This conveys an important message for young minds that are foolish and not real thinkers. Most young people have their quick sporadic feelings and they act on them often. A message to learn from this is to never make rash decisions because you may regret them in the future. Juliet, speaks in a wiser way than the quick Romeo. “Dost thou love me? I know thou wilt say ‘Ay,’ and I will take thy word. Yet, if thou swear’st, thou mayst prove false,”(L.95-97). Here, Juliet knows that Romeo will declare he loves her no matter what, because he is so caught up in the moment that he forgets to think. We know this because had he thought about what he was doing when he first approached Juliet, he would have realized it is not good for a Montague to go to a Capulet party and then socialize with women. Juliet, though younger, appears to be much wiser than Romeo. This shows that Juliet looks at the bigger picture of her actions, while Romeo lives in the moment. With these traits, I believe that Juliet and Romeo will have different thoughts about suicide. For example, Romeo may only think about having no solutions, but Juliet will think about how many more problems without solutions will be caused by their deaths.

  18. After rereading the second scene of act 2, lines 52-111, I’ve noticed some things about the language and the way they converse with each other. It lets you know a lot about the characters. Romeo seems to really live in the moment, he takes whatever is in front of him. He seems quite impulsive. Romeo doesn’t think many things through. He’s so ready to denouce his family just because the girl he’s seen for an hour asked him to and only because she’s pretty. Romeo so prepared to throw the only life he’s ever known away because Juliet tells him to. Romeo isn’t even thinking about any of the other obstacles with marriage, he just wants to be with her in an instant. Juliet however seems to want to think a tad bit more than Romeo. She at least wants confirmation from Romeo that their love before proceeding with anything. Romeo has a very obsessive personality. Romeo constantly puts Juliet on this pedestal, and even refers to her as his dear Saint in these lines. He’s just met her and he already adores and worships her. Just like he did with Rosaline just a few hours beforehand. Romeo is excessively passionate, especially in this passage, he’s too much of romantic in a very unhealthy way. He’s obsessed with her, and sees her as infallible goddess type. That is not really the way you should view the other half of your relationship. It’s not healthy at all. Romeo is so quick to jump the gun, and Juliet at least wants to confirm their love. The way their lines are expressed also give this aura of loveliness. It gives of this feeling of young wholesome love and pure infatuation. It’s very sickly sweet. It’s very clear both Romeo and Juliet are both huge romantics and partly just love being in love. I feel that both of them seem to just like the idea of having someone who’s also desperate to find love and loves love.

  19. We can say several things about the conversation between these two lovers. Some think they are so romantic, while others think that they are being irrational. To me, I think that they are being irrational. They are making promises that they should know they cannot keep. They only met that day, and already are planning to get married. They are refusing their ancestors for a mere crush you met in a party that day because of their looks. We know that it is not their personality but their looks that brought these two together. Juliet is excused for thinking such over-the-top ideas, but Romeo should know better. He is most likely a young adult, and he should know how to think before he acts. He should not be agreeing to these terms of refusing his own family name to marry the person he met that day, during the time he was still sulking about his Petrarchan lover Rosaline. Yet, he speaks in such a romantic tone, it seemed like his Petrarchan love had never happened.

  20. Act II scene ii of Romeo and Juliet start of with Romeo in the capulet’s garden contemplating and thinking about his love. In the beginning of the fence already we see true emotions coming from Romeo. Shakespeare is clearly showing how Romeo feels about his love for Juliet but this feeling is different from his love to Rosalina since Juliet loves him back. Furthermore while Romeo thinks to himself about all this he see Juliet on her balcony and realizes that he is in the Capulets property. However instead of leaving Romeo decided to stay and listens to Juliet. Clearly Juliet loves Romeo but she knows she can’t love him due to their families feud. Finally Romeo reveals himself and says that he would do so if he could. Then both Romeo and Juliet swear there love to each other which I think is the most Romantic part of the scene. During this whole scene however Juliet didn’t lose her sence of wisdom. She remained cautious at all times and warned Rome he would be killed if he was seen. Romeo however didn’t care all he cared about was Juliet’s love for him. Shakespeare showed both Romeo and Juliet’s love beautifully in this scene.

  21. In act II scene ii, Romeo and Juliet spoke to each other in a very different language than what is used in the rest of the play. Romeo seemed to be very desperate for a kiss, it seems like he feels very strongly while speaking. With love’s light wings did I o’erperch these walls, For stony limits cannot hold love out, And what love can do, that dares love attempt. Therefore thy kinsmen are no stop to me.” He doesn’t care about any consequences. He started his pursuit by approaching Juliet after he hears her talking about him on her balcony (kind of creepy!). That probably wasn’t what I would do in the situation personally, but he couldn’t bear being without her. Juliet’s reactions were also surprising. “Dost thou love me? I know thou wilt say “ay,” And I will take thy word. Yet if thou swear’st Thou mayst prove false. At lovers’ perjuries, They say, Jove laughs. O gentle Romeo, If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully. Or if thou think’st I am too quickly won, I’ll frown and be perverse and say thee nay, So thou wilt woo. But else, not for the world.” I feel like Juliet is afraid of being caught, she wants to make sure Romeo truly loves her. She doesn’t seem like the rebellious type, so all of this sneaking around is making her nervous. That must be the reason she wanted Romeo to change his name and not be a Montague. When they speak, I can feel all the nerves, but I can also feel the sparks between them. It is no wonder this is one of the most famous scenes of all time.

  22. Act II, scene ii is probably the most iconic price of literature in English. So naturally, it has been written very carefully, each word specifically decided and thought over. This means every word that leaves Romeo’s mouth is characterizing him. The same is true with Juliet. First of all, Romeo uses vivid imagery in various similies. If the two, Romeo uses imagery a lot more and appears to be the most poetic and artistic of the two. Romeo also is very eager to love Juliet, and brushed off the fact that both of their families have an irreversible feud that would do most terrible things should it find out about this love. Juliet seems to be in the opposite direction in many ways. Although she definitely loves Romeo, as proven by her rambling to herself before, she is slightly cautious about the situation. It could be because she knows her family is right there, but Romeo should also fear her family from finding them, but doesn’t. Juliet takes a somewhat more logical approach to Romeo’s imagery. Although swearing on the moon over his love, Juliet points out that a moon regularly changes. It could be looking into it the wrong way, but Romeo seems the more poetic and eager, while Juliet the more cautious and thoughtful.

  23. The language used in line 52-111 in Act II, scene ii clearly depicts the differences in the character traits of both Romeo and Juliet. We can see from this scene that Romeo is irrationally in love with Juliet, for he jumps straight to saying “My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself/ Because it is an enemy to thee/ Had I it written, I would tear the world” This shows that Romeo is almost overflowing with a deep and strong love for Juliet, and without a thought states that he will renounce his name, simply so that he may be the lover of Juliet. This is at the time monumental, as, during that time period, names hold status and value. I have come to believe that the reason for this powerful and irrational love for Juliet is that he has never felt love, where he simply loves the one being loved, and not the love itself. This allows for him to be swept off his feet by the love concentrated purely on Juliet. Meanwhile, we see Juliet also in love, yet expressing it in a different way. Rather than expressing it with undying loyalty, she responds with care and caution for Romeo. In warning him of the danger that he faces, she expresses her own love along with her

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