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Balcony scene 'Romeo and Juliet' by Shakespeare was written around 1595 when Shakespeare was about 26. It is probably one of Shakespeare's most famous, romantic plays and the balcony scene. This scene is particularly entertaining and fascinating to watch as the audience sees Romeo and Juliet's relationship develop and it is also one of the main changing points in the play because it highlights certain details about Romeo and Juliet's characters. This very important scene comes in after the Capulet's party, where Romeo and Juliet first meet and kiss. Before Romeo has even talked to Juliet he says 'did my heart love till now?' this is ironic because about ten minutes before Romeo was saying how he loved a girl called Rosaline. His cousin Benvolio says, 'forget to think of her' and Romeo replies, 'Teach me how I should forget to think'. This shows that Romeo is a passionate lover, he is very confused in love and he has no interests, with the exception of women. Romeo's attitude is also demonstrated through his use of oxymorons for example, 'o loving hate!' ...read more.


Romeo has already shown that he loves Juliet in the last scene but Juliet hasn't shown her love to him until the end of Act 1 Scene 5 where she is talking about Romeo. You are convinced when Juliet says: 'My only love sprung from my only hate!'. This is a strong indication as she says her only enemy, which is the Montague family, has the one she loves. There are three key themes within this play, which are highlighted within this scene. The first one is hatred shown when Juliet says 'O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?' meaning O Romeo, Romeo! Why must you be Romeo? This shows hatred, as she doesn't like Romeo because he is a Montague. The second theme is love. You can see this when Juliet says 'Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I'll no longer be a Capulet.' Juliet is offering herself to Romeo saying she will take his name and become his wife. The third and final theme in the balcony scene is fate. This is shown when Romeo says 'some consequence yet hanging in the stars, shall bitterly begin his fearful date with this nights revels............... ...read more.


This self-degrading piece of speech that Romeo uses are carried on by him into the balcony scene where he says 'tis not me she speaks'. Juliet later in the scene shows her love for Romeo and gains equality by calling him her 'lord'. She also says that if she loved him any more she would kill him, this is shown when she says 'Yet I should kill thee with to much cherishing.' The Balcony scene is a very emotional and romantic scene Romeos opening speech sets the romantic scene up for high expectations and it lives up to them. Juliet also adds to the romance when she is ironically pondering over her feelings aloud but she is totally unaware that Romeo can hear. Whilst she is doing this Romeo is talking quietly to himself and the audience, saying 'shall I speak at this'. This scene also creates a tense exciting atmosphere as Romeo is risking his life by being in his sworn enemies orchard. I feel without this scene the play would not be complete simply because the 'star-crossed lovers' relationship may not have been able to develop. This is the scene where they gain 'equality'. Without it Shakespeare would not have been able to create the sense that Romeo and Juliet would not be able to live without each other. ...read more.

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