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Discuss the dramatic impact of Act 2 scene 2 in the play and what it reveals about Romeo and Juliet's feelings. Account for the popularity of the scene. In Act 1 scene 5, Romeo Montague meets Juliet Capulet for the first time. Romeo previously confessed his love for Rosaline, who is also a member of the Capulet family. Romeo soon forgets about Rosaline when he sets eyes on Juliet and falls in love with her at the Capulets' ball. Romeo sneaked in wearing disguise as suggested by Benvolio and Mercutio (Romeo's best friends) to cure his love sickness and 'examine other beauties'. Up to that event he had been infatuated with Rosaline. Benvolio and Mercutio's suggestion indeed worked, Romeo found his new love at the ball, Juliet. The Capulet and Montague Families have an ancient feud of rivalry between them which stemmed back so long ago they are not aware of the cause. Romeo was not banished from ball by a Capulet or guard despite the great hatred towards him as a Montague, because Old Capulet (Juliet's father) prevented Tybalt Capulet (Juliet's cousin) from attacking him as it would have ruined the ball and upset Juliet. Later Romeo again sneaked to the Capulet's house to declare his love for Juliet in more serious terms. ...read more.

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Romeo had to initiate everything with Juliet by going to the Capulets Orchard, If Romeo didn't creep into the orchard to visit Juliet after the ball she probably may have just forgotten about Romeo. Juliet almost surely would have gone along with marrying Paris as it was at her parents command and girls in those days were very obedient and obeyed their parents. Juliet is also more restrained of her feelings towards Romeo because she is scared of her father's reaction when he discovers she is in love with a Montague. Romeo uses various types of imagery to express his love for Juliet. When Romeo first arrives at the Capulet's orchard he speaks aloud of his love, thinking he is alone. In fact Juliet has come on to her balcony of her bed room. He declares 'It is the east, and Juliet is the sun! Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, who is already sick and pale with grief'. Romeo refers to Juliet as the sun, this shows how infatuated Romeo is with Juliet because if there wasn't a sun no-one would be able to survive, The sun enables life, Romeo is suggesting that Juliet is as precious as the sun. ...read more.

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Nowadays people would get married a lot later the average age would be mid-twenties as people live a lot longer, and would also probably get engaged after at least a year or two of knowing each other. Romeo and Juliet got married within the same week. This shows the speed of which life was lived on those days, everything was done a lot more quick. However the life expectancy in those days does not justify the speed in which Romeo and Juliet exchange vows within a few hours, this is incredibly quick even in those days. Romeo and Juliet fell in love at first sight and from then onwards they was so deeply in love, it was as they was under a spell, they became totally smitten to each other and their love for each other appeared to be gained almost instantaneously. Act 2 scene 2 was such a popular scene because it demonstrated how two virtual strangers fell in love at first site, and exchanged vows within the same night of meeting, Most people question if falling in love at first site is possible. This is what I believe has created the scene's great popularity. ?? ?? ?? ?? English Coursework-Romeo and Juliet Robyn Monique Lumas ...read more.

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