• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explore the changing moods and feelings of Romeo and Juliet in Act 2 Scene 2 and analyze how Shakespeare uses language to convey character.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Explore the changing moods and feelings of Romeo and Juliet in Act 2 Scene 2 and analyze how Shakespeare uses language to convey character. Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Scene 2 is known more famously as the balcony scene. The significance of Act 2 Scene 2 is to convey Romeo and Juliet's love for each other, but the fact they cannot touch symbolises that because of the flares and tensions between the two families they come from (Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet). They will never be able to join each other and get married happily, without having to run away and leave all their families and friends and livelihoods behind. In lines 1-9, Romeo is trying to distinguish himself from all the other Montague young men. His very first line 'He jests at scars that have never felt a wound' is a dismissive comment on Mercutio's joking about love. Just as someone who has never been wounded can joke about a soldier's battle scars, so someone who has never been in love finds it easy to joke about the sufferings of a person deeply in love. ...read more.

Middle

Here she is idealised as the sun, the light in Romeo's life. This is typical of Romeo exaggerating things far beyond reality and some may say sanity. But on the other hand it is probably Shakespeare's way of suppressing Romeo's insatiable lust for Juliet, and nothing but Juliet. Line 24 is when Juliet first makes an apparent noise. It is nothing more than a simple sigh, yet it seems to set Romeo off again on another speech where he is over reacting. Again he starts idealising her, but this time he compares her with an angel: 'As glorious to the night, being o'er my head, As is a winged messenger of heaven'. It also has an idea of courtly love to it. Again in line 25 Juliet simply says: 'Ay me' and in it sets Romeo off yet again raging on about love, and idealising Juliet in lines 26-31. In lines 32-48, we get to see how Juliet has reacted to the events of the night. Unlike Romeo she doesn't overreact and still is able to think straight with her sanity seemingly intact, though she is still deeply in love with Romeo. ...read more.

Conclusion

So she asks who is there hiding out in the night spying on her in lines 52-53. Lines 54-57 show Romeo using a selection of religious language toward Juliet, but using spiteful, hateful language towards his name, just because Juliet has earlier said that it blocks them from having an open relationship with each other so Romeo has decided to join her in hating his name. This seems to continue throughout the whole play, where Romeo is always exaggerating and Juliet is seemingly down to earth. But, even though it may not seem like Juliet is madly in love with Romeo, but it is confirmed that she is at the end of the play, when she wakes up to find Romeo dead and she then kills herself. All in all, I feel Shakespeare has done a great job conveying the mood swings in the scene, which goes from lust to actually being able to speak to and see the person Romeo is lusting for. Also, he has done well by using the language he had done, as it adds more emphasis and also makes it easier to become more emotionally involved in the play, which in turn can lead to a highly successful play, like Romeo and Juliet was, and still is. Arjun Phakey ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Romeo & Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Romeo & Juliet essays

  1. Comment on how Shakespeare uses language to communicate the feelings of Romeo and Juliet ...

    Juliet's monologue begins with her asking, "Wherefore art thou Romeo?" Questioning the meaning of their names. "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."

  2. How did Shakespeare create tension in act 1 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet

    (act 1 scene 5)This was used lot in Shakespeare plays. What also added to the tension is that the ball has been set up for the announcement of pairs proposing to Juliet "LADY CAPULET: marry, that 'marry' is the very theme I came to talk of.

  1. Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Scene 2 - 'Comment on how Romeo and Juliet ...

    Juliet desires Romeo physically and emotionally and wants commitment ' take all myself' Juliet then wants Romeo to give up his name and if he does Juliet will also give up her name to be with Romeo. Romeo describes his name with strong emotions because it prevents them from being together and he is aware that this upsets her.

  2. Romeo and Juliet - The balcony scene Act 2 scene 2.

    'Beauty so rich for use, for earth too dear', these words help us see that Romeo has actually fallen in love with Juliet, but Juliet has not seen Romeo because he is trying to hide himself from her. Romeo wears a mask on his head the same as all the

  1. Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Scene 2.

    She is afraid that Romeo would forget her just asquickly as he fell in love with her. Suddenly fearful, she sees their instant falling in love as" too rash, too unadvised". It may prove as brief as a lightining flash, over as quickly as it began.

  2. Romeo and Juliet Coursework Directing a Scene - Act 2 Scene 2 (Balcony Scene)

    This needs to be said slowly to show your conundrum to the audience. In the next speech Juliet, you are deliberating about the importance of names. "What's Montague? It is nor hand nor foot," it isn't anything but a name, its nothing.

  1. Romeo & Juliet Act 1 Scene 1

    more clouds with his deep sighs' These lines portray to the audience the way in which teenagers are overrun with emotions. They show the childish ways that teenagers react to what they see as adult situations. It is the first point in the play where the ever changing moods of teenagers are explored.

  2. Direct Act 2 Scene 2, the balcony scene

    She thinks of Romeo in individual terms, and therefore her love for him overrides her family's hatred for the Montague name. She says that if Romeo were not called "Romeo" or "Montague," he would still be the person she loves.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work