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What do we learn about Romeo and Juliet in Act 2 Scene 2? Do we see a change in their characters in the rest of the play?

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What do we learn about Romeo and Juliet in Act 2 Scene 2? Do we see a change in their characters in the rest of the play? The play 'Romeo and Juliet' is a tragic tale written by William Shakespeare, and is set in Verona, Italy. The play is about two "star-crossed" Lovers from rival families. Juliet, a Capulet and Romeo, a Montague. The families have been in conflict for many years, but despite this, Romeo and Juliet fall in love, and marry in secret. The two feuding families are finally brought together through the "death-marked love" of Romeo and Juliet. Act 2, Scene 2, takes place soon after the Capulet party (Act 1, Scene 5), and is the famous balcony scene of the two lovers. It is one of the few romantic scenes in the play. This scene contrasts with the violent, and disturbed ones that have taken place before it. The night sky, stars and moon under which the lover's declarations are made to one another, and the beautiful and evocative language used create the romantic atmosphere. In Act 2, scene 2, When Romeo begins to speak of his love for Juliet; the words that he uses are very similar to the earlier portrayal of his love for Rosaline. He uses courtly love language and images: He describes Juliet as being so radiant that she outshines the torches in Act 1, scene 5, "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright." ...read more.

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I believe she does this because she feels anxious. Romeo seems to have genuine feelings for her, but she can't be sure, as he overheard her declaration, and may be taking advantage of this. Juliet needs proof that his feelings are real, " If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully." She is also wary about the fact that Romeo's life is in grave danger, and constantly warns him of this, " If they do see thee, they will murder thee." The proposal of marriage is the final way to be sure that the feelings Juliet possess for Romeo are reciprocated. " Thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow." This is so significant because it was a very odd thing for a woman to do in Elizabethan times. The first time we see a difference in the character of Romeo is in Act 3, scene 1, just after the marriage of Juliet and himself. Tybalt turns up looking for a fight, but Romeo turns him down because of his love for Juliet, and even states that he loves Tybalt, proving that he has reached a level of maturity, and isn't acting impulsively. " And so good Capulet - which name I tender as dearly as mine own - be satisfied," But anger compels him to eventually kill his wife's cousin in a reckless duel to avenge the death of his friend Mercutio. ...read more.

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Thus with a kiss I die." Juliet acts in very much the same way, when she finds Romeo's body. She is so overwhelmed with grief at finding her dead lover, and like Romeo she acts quickly to end her life. " This is thy sheath; there rust, and let me lie." In conclusion, Romeo and Juliet were both very passionate people, and were deeply in love, so in love that they would rather die than continue their lives without each other. The love Juliet shares with Romeo is far deeper, more authentic and unique than the clich�d puppy love Romeo felt for Rosaline at the start of the play. Romeo's love matures over the course of the play, from the shallow desire to be in love, to a profound and intense passion, a passion that leads them both to act foolishly and think irrationally on occasions, following their hearts desires rather than their head. Had Romeo restrained himself from killing Tybalt, or waited even one day before killing himself after hearing the news of Juliet's death, matters might have ended happily. But I believe they were never destined to have a happy ending. There were too many obstacles facing the "star-crossed" lovers to ever have enabled them to have a future together. Maybe death was the best option. Maybe in the death they could both finally be together. Their tragic end may have re-united both the Montague, and the Capulet families, but at the cost of their most beloved children. Romeo and Juliet. Emma Raynsford 10D ...read more.

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