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Explore the importance of Act 2 Scene 2 and Act 3 Scene 5 in Romeo and Juliet.

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Explore the importance of Act 2 Scene 2 and Act 3 Scene 5 in Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare's play 'Romeo and Juliet' is one of the most famous love stories in history, a fateful story of death and despair. 'Romeo and Juliet' is a story of tragedy, "For never was a story of more woe than [that] of Juliet and her Romeo." The play consists of the only children from opposing families falling into a forbidden love with each other; they were "star-crossed lovers." Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, written in 1594/1595(in the Renaissance period.) The story itself was not anything new or different, but the way Shakespeare wrote the story made it popular. The language that he used to communicate their love for each other was written so poetically. For example, in Act 2, Scene 2, Romeo says, "But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun." Even when Romeo is about to kill himself (Act 5, Scene 3), Shakespeare manages to make the scene beautiful. Act 3 Scene 5, also known as the Second Balcony Scene, is of dramatic importance and contains various moods, ranging from the lyric rapture of the lovers to the senile fury of old Capulet. The lovers are together at the window of Juliet's room. It is time for Romeo to depart from his wife and from Verona, for it is nearly dawn on Tuesday morning. In their love and sorrow, they speak in beautiful lyric poetry. It is not easy for them to say good-bye, for they do not know when they will see one another again. The tragedy is that they will never again see each other alive. Juliet exhibits exquisite tension as she realizes that Romeo must leave her, but begs him to stay. It is appropriate that the time is dawn, which divides the day and the night. ...read more.

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Romeo kills himself because he thinks Juliet is dead. Juliet does the same because she wakes up and finds Romeo dead. These happenings are all due to love. The audiences of Romeo and Juliet have learned many lessons. Friar Laurence stated one of them when he said "Wisely, and slowly. They stumble that run fast." Many decisions were made without thinking. The story would have not been a tragedy if the characters would have not made their decisions on impulse. "For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo." So the moral as it could be said is to think before taking action. Juliet doesn't have a personal definition of love at the beginning. But after Juliet meets Romeo she then believes in practical true love. "My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of lobe it is to me, That I must love a loathed enemy." "O swear not by the moon, th'inconstant moon, That monthly changes in her circled orb, Less that thy love prove likewise variable." The relationship between Romeo and Juliet does not follow the tradition of 'courtly love', a totally unreal infatuation purely based on the physical appearance. Whereas Romeo's 'love' for Rosaline is described to us as ' courtly love' this is because of the way he speaks of his love for her. For example when he is in love with Rosaline he says "Why, such is love's transgression, Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast, Which thou wilt propagate to have it pressed with more of thine. This love that thou has shown. Doth add more grief to much of mine own, Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers eyes, Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears. What is it else? ...read more.

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" Good pilgrim you do no wrong your hand to much, which mannerly devotion shows in this: For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch, and palm to palm is holy palmers kiss." This quotation shows the first time Romeo and Juliet met. The second act of chance is when Romeo wanted to be alone so he jumped over the wall and ended up under Juliet's balcony. "But soft! What light though yonder window breaks? It is the East and Juliet Is the sun.". This is what Romeo says after discovering that it was Juliet's room that he was outside. The third act of chance is when the letter does not reach Romeo saying that Juliet faked her death. "O thee apothecary! Thy drugs are quick Thus with a kiss I die." " Yea noise? Then I'll be brief. O happy dagger this is thy sheath: there rust, and let me die. If the letter would have reached Romeo they both would still be alive but chance would have it Juliet would wake up seconds after he died. Act 2 Scene 2, affects the play because without it, the audience wouldn't know how much Romeo and Juliet were in love, it shows Shakespeare's ability to not only write fighting scenes but also gentle romantic scenes with passion. In this scene Juliet is sensible and realistic, she is more rational than Romeo. Whereas in Act 3 Scene 5 Juliet wants Romeo to stay, when she is not being so sensible. In Act 2 Scene 2, lots of passion is shown and skillful lyrical language is used. Act 3 Scene 5 has a much bigger impact on the outcome of the play, because if it hadn't of been for Juliet's father shouting at her and forcing her to marry Paris, she would not have gone to Father Lawrence for the potion that lead to Romeo thinking she was dead and committing suicide himself, leaving Juliet to wake up and find her love dead beside her, forcing her to kill herself to stay with her love. Fiona Malpass 10C1 Romeo and Juliet Essay 08/05/2007 ...read more.

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