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How does Shakespeare present the characters of Romeo and Juliet in Act Two, Scene Two of the play?

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How does Shakespeare present the characters of Romeo and Juliet in Act Two, Scene Two of the play? In The Prologue of Romeo And Juliet, the fate of the "star-crossed lovers", the title characters, is already told. They have been doomed to "take their [lives]" before the play has even begun. This foretelling of what the audience is about to see displays that the play is about how and why the events unfold, and not what happens. Act Two, Scene Two is an important scene in the play, which is because this is where Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, the two children born of the "fatal loins" of their feuding parents, meet for the second time, after Capulet's Masquerade. They fall in love, starting the chain of fated events that cause their deaths. Before meeting Juliet, Romeo was seen to be melancholic; he was supposedly in love with Rosaline, which was unrequited. He seemed to be introspective, and have a very negative outlook; in Act One, Scene One his father, Montague, said that Romeo had been shutting himself "[a]way from light" in his room. ...read more.


Marriage was an "honour that [Juliet] dream[ed] not of", being only thirteen years of age. Lady Capulet, in Act One, Scene Three, told her daughter that "[t]he valiant Paris seeks [Juliet] for his love". Juliet seemed in no rush to fall in love and marry at such a young age, she stated she would "look to like", but "no more deep [...] endart [her] eye". She appeared grounded, with no unrealistic expectations about love, and in no hurry to find a husband, despite her mother's insistence that girls younger than Juliet "[are] made already mothers". When Juliet met Romeo for the first time in Act One, Scene Five, although she echoed Romeo's poetic and metaphor rich language, she appeared more playful and flirtatious, telling Romeo he "kiss[es] by th'book". In Act Two, Scene Two, Romeo speaks of his love for Juliet and watches her after she appears at the window. He compares her beauty to that of the sun: " [it] is the east and Juliet is the sun/Arise, fair sun," when she appears at her window. Shakespeare uses this language to depict that Romeo has elevated Juliet to the stature of a goddess. ...read more.


Shakespeare uses this again showing Juliet's rationality, but also showing that she is young, love is new to her and she is in no rush. Romeo does not appear to share these concerns; he is more concerned with loving and being loved, only satisfied by Juliet's "faithful vow". She is however in love with Romeo, and is not happy to see him go, "[p]arting is such sweet sorrow", but is eager to see him again. Towards the end of the scene Juliet's language becomes more like Romeo's in eagerness to vow love, and in use of simile, comparing Romeo to a "wanton's bird", tethered by her love. Romeo's rashness, loyalty, and need to love Juliet and be loved in return are important characteristics that will end up sealing his grim fate at the end of the play. Juliet's young age, and contrasting maturity, grounding in reality and strong will in her love will be ever important, and her need to see a plan through will be important factors that help lead her towards her tragic ending. "For never was there a story of more woe/Than this of Juliet and her Romeo." (Prince Escales, Romeo and Juliet, Act Five, Scene Three) ...read more.

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A good essay with a variety of well selected embedded quotes to show Rome and Juliet's characters. Some excellent and thorough language analysis clearly following PEA (point, evidence and analysis formula).
Good contextualisation of scene under discussion.
Topic sentences needed at the beginning of each paragraph.
Alternative arguments ie from critics needed to give a more rounded

Marked by teacher Katie Dixon 07/03/2012

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