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Explanation Why the Balcony Scene is so important to the Play "Romeo and Juliet".

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Explanation Why the Balcony Scene is so important to the Play "Romeo and Juliet" Right before this scene Romeo and Juliet had just met in the Capulet party. They danced and talked briefly in the party and Romeo learnt she was Capulet, and even worse she was a daughter of the house of Capulet. In this scene Romeo sneaks into the Capulet's orchard. Juliet's balcony overlooks the orchard. This is the scene where Romeo and Juliet get to talk properly. At the end they arrange for them to marry. There is always a sense of tension to the readers as there is always a chance of Romeo getting caught by the guards or by Juliet's wet nurse. We learn a great deal about Romeo in this scene, this adds to the importance of the scene. We learn he is sincere about loving Juliet, not like Rosaline. He commits to her and risks getting caught and maybe even killed just to look at her, he was not sure he was going to communicate with her when he went to the orchard, he just wanted to look at her. He has become more romantic, more loving and most importantly he is softer than he was before. ...read more.


We sympathize with Romeo and Juliet because we feel that they are separated by the balcony as well as by their families. The balcony is like a metaphor of their families. Shakespeare makes this scene dramatic in many ways. For example he makes the nurse call from inside the Capulet house. There is a slight possibility that Romeo will be found out when the nurse calls Juliet. The readers fear for Romeo's safety. Dramatic tension is also created before Romeo actually speaks to Juliet. The audience keeps thinking will Romeo talk to Juliet or not. He says, "Shall I hear more or shall I speak at this?" He doesn't know whether to talk to her or to listen to what else she has to say. This keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. Another thing that gives the scene dramatic tension is that the audience already know how the play is going to end. So when Romeo and Juliet commit to marriage the audience is shaking their heads in despair, hoping that they could tell Romeo and Juliet themselves that it would end in pain and tragedy. Shakespeare does something very simple to create dramatic tension in this scene. ...read more.


I think he is feeling a little paranoid after his case of unrequited love for Rosaline. This play was written a long way back, but there is a clear class structure in the play. I say this because the wet-nurse whom is older than Juliet refers to her as "Madam". This shows that this was written in a time where the wealthier you were the higher class you were. This play was written in Elizabethan times. The amazing thing is that this play is as significant now as it was in Elizabethan times. I think this is because love has not changed since then. People still fall in love and people still die for their true loves. People's reactions to that has not changed at all. This scene puts forward the idea that some people actually find their true loves, just like Romeo and Juliet, and that love at first sight exists. If you look closely at this scene you will realize that this is the scene where the first commitment was made. This is also the scene where the first kiss was kissed. This is sort of convenient, because when they commit they seal their destiny and assure they will die. The kiss is sort of the sealing of their fate. Moustafa Wahby English Coursework - Mrs. Lord 09/05/07 1 ...read more.

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