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The Balcony scene is one of the most famous in all of Shakespeare by careful reference to the text try to account for it's fame and romantic appeal

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The Balcony scene is one of the most famous in all of Shakespeare by careful reference to the text try to account for it's fame and romantic appeal. Love is profound and unconditional. Love is devotional and overwhelming but as for Romeo and Juliet , they are not supposed to fall in love because they are sworn enemies. When Romeo and Juliet fall in love they are aware of the risks they are taking but the feeling of love is powerful and Romeo is a romantic dreamer, they are not afraid to fall deeply in love. The situation they find themselves in and the strength of their love gives this scene the immense romantic appeal and fame . The scene is full of commotion, dramatic tension and activity. Events accelerate towards tragedy. The lovers act like they are emotionally married. This is revealed with there desire to touch each other and there persistence of not being in separation. ...read more.


'But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east , and Juliet is the sun'. She is his source of light. Their love is also referred to radiant and life giving as the sun. Shakespeare uses religious image to describe . He makes it seem sacred, pure and holy. It transcends our human existence. Romeo calls Juliet a 'saint' and a 'bright angel'. Shakespeare uses these images to show us that Romeo does not just love Juliet, he worships her. He mentions phrases like eyes in heaven signifying her beauty , baptised- when all sins are washed away therefore one becomes holy and receives new life. The description of her as a messenger of heaven makes her seem like she is special and as if she was 'god sent'. All these pure and spirit that Romeo compares her to shows how sincere and genuine he is towards Juliet. It shows how his loves comes from deep within. ...read more.


Juliet is thinking through the consequences of their love more systematically and practically than Romeo. Having once proclaimed her love, the font of Juliet's expressiveness is unstopped, and she becomes the dominant figure in the rest of the scene. Juliet is so overwhelmed by Romeo's presence that she cannot remember why she called him back. Romeo is sexually attracted to Juliet because on numerous occasions makes a lot of sexual utterances. 'sleep dwell upon thine eyes, peace in thy breast. Would I were sleep and peace, so sweet to rest'. The way they consistently refer to sex to justify there attraction to each other. Shakespeare portrays love in such a common situation but making it seem unrealistic. He uses such beautiful imagery and poetic language. It shows the deep affection Romeo and Juliet have for each other. Shakespeare makes the love of both Romeo and Juliet seem unnatural that Romeo thinks he is dreaming, 'being in night, all this is but a dream'. Love is not self seeking or obsessive. Love is shown through action. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ife Edeki 10RK ...read more.

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