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Romeo and Juliet-Act 2 scene 2 - Balcony scene

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet-Act 2 scene 2 - Balcony scene The balcony scene in and Romeo and Juliet is the most iconic and recognised scene, because it represents young love, and symbolises the power of youth, as Romeo and Juliet try to put right the mistakes of their elders. The scene shows how their love over comes their difficulties. Romeo wooing Juliet at the balcony is a ideal romantic situation, as it is still relevant today. There is also a little sexual tension between them. The balcony scene is very simple but effective. There are only two characters, and the nurse's voice, which adds suspense to the scene. The lovers are separated by a balcony, which symbolises the problems they must overcome. The effectiveness of the scene comes from the language. As there are few distractions in the scene, the audience can concentrate on Romeo, Juliet and their language. There is a certain beauty in the language, especially in the way Romeo speaks. This is kept at a poetic standard throughout the scene, for example, "It is the east and Juliet is the sun!" Juliet on the other hand does not always talk this way, but adapts it from Romeo. Both Romeo and Juliet want to be close to one another, but are parted by the balcony wall. ...read more.

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There are many great contrasts in the scenes, the Balcony scene is very intense and romantic, which is contrasted with the bustling, lively scene in Act 1. Their show of love is very different from the fight scene at the beginning. The scene is very simple, in both layout, and focus of the audience, on Romeo, Juliet and the balcony. The Nurse's voice is a simple tool which adds tension in the scene. Showing the powee that Juliet's family has over her. Juliets practicality shows through, throughout the scene. Romeo and Juliet could be found by Juliet's kinsmen, as Juliet repeatedly warns Romeo of the danger of their situation. There is also the nurse's voice which is calling for Juliet, so their dialogue should be hurried; this adds tension to the scene. Juliet cannot tear herself away from Romeo. Shakespeare mastery of the english language, shows through in all his plays, in this scene it is the irony of what is said between the lovers, which fortells thtragedies which lie ahead. There are many signs that foreshadow the tragic outcome of their love, when Juliet describes their love as: "too like lightning," Juliet is describing their situation, their love is too rash, and too unadvis'd, too sudden', like lightning in a storm. ...read more.

Conclusion

Romeo says love has given him wings and that Juliet's kinsmen are no hindrance to him. Juliet's practicality is shown is shown in her plan near the of act two scene two: "Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow, By one that I'll procure to come to thee". Both characters develop further in the balcony scene. Shakespeare has created the language of love by his use of imagery. His language is very poetic and romantic. This is very effective in expressing what the couple feel for each other, and helps create a mood of romance for the audience. Romeo express' his love for Juliet very passionately: " But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun ! Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon." Romeo sees Juliet as a presence and vision of light in his life. Romeo is also afraid his meeting with Juliet has been only a dream: "O blessed, blessed nigh! I am afeared being in night, all this is but a dream, Too flattering-sweet to be substantial.This gives the audience an impression of the feeling he feels for Juliet. Juliet uses images of nature to describe their love: " this bud of love, by summer's ripening breath, May prove a beauteous flower when we next meet. ...read more.

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