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Act 2, scene 2 is one of the most important scenes in the play. Explain why it is so vital in showing the play's themes

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Monday 30th May 2005 Beth Dudley 10M Romeo and Juliet Coursework 'Act 2, scene 2 is one of the most important scenes in the play. Explain why it is so vital in showing the play's themes, emotions, characterisation and situation. Focus particularly on how Shakespeare's stagecraft, imagery and language help to bring out the moral and social significance of the play' Act 2, scene 2 is a vital scene in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' because the key themes and issues of love and hate are discussed and explored. The result of this is that the couple decided to marry, a fateful decision, and therefore a key point. This is unexpected, as their families have been feuding for many years. By planning to wed they are putting their mutual love ahead of social expectations; however they are risking all they have for each other, they risk their lives, their reputations and the future of both families. ...read more.

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There are many connotations to the theme of baptism, such as religion, purity, cleanliness and naming a baby. The relationship with the story is that this show that he is willing to disown his family, take up a new name if Juliet will say that she loves him; 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'. The symbolism of baptism shows a purity and youth of their relationship. This is significant because it shows Romeo's commitment and that he wants to be with her whatever the cost. This links in wit the other religious imagery, referring to Juliet as an 'angel' and mentioning 'idolatry' again showing the transcendent nature of their love. Before this scene the romantic kiss at the ball suggests that they love each other already, they engage in their 'holy palmer's kiss', sealing their passionate love. ...read more.

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However some elements of the night are appealing in a romantic way, the moon is mentioned by Juliet, after Romeo swears by it, 'O swear not by the moon, th'inconstant moon' this shows that Juliet sees the moon as inconsistent, unreliable. This can be understood as you only ever see a full moon once a month. The stars also are men tioned, stars are associated with many things, horoscopes, destiny and fate are very strongly linked. When Romeo says 'two of the fairest stars in heaven' and says they 'twinkle', this could be linked to the fate of their love, predicted the tragedy to come. Shakespear has re-enforce the imagery used and the recurrent themes. To conclude, I think that Act 2, scene 2 is important because it the first time where both the key elements in the play, love and hate are introduced. Also it creates a scene of good drama as tension is built up very strongly. Shakespeare uses language, imagery, structure and stagecraft to show this. ...read more.

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