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The balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet

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Act 2, Scene 2 THE BALCONY SCENE "But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?" The lovers have just discovered they come from opposing families. Juliet cries: "My only love sprung from my only hate". Having left the feast, Romeo decides that he cannot go home. He must instead try to find Juliet. He climbs a wall bordering the Capulet property and leaps down into the orchard. Act II is the happiest and least tragic act in the play. It explores the positive, joyful, and romantic aspects of young love and we learn more about the two lovers. ...read more.


The theme of light/dark often appears - for example, in Romeo's long, impassioned description of Juliet here. Romeo imagines that Juliet is the sun, rising from the east to banish the night; he says that she is transforming night into day.: "But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the East and Juliet is the sun!" Juliet, unaware that Romeo is listening, reflects on the enmity between the families; "O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name". ...read more.


For stony limits cannot hold love out". Juliet worries that perhaps Romeo will prove inconstant or false, or will think Juliet too easily won. Romeo swears by the moon but Juliet says that the moon is "inconstant", changeable. Romeo is intoxicated by his passion but Juliet has a sudden foreboding - echoing the theme of fate in the play: "I have no joy of this contract tonight. It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden" And she is right - their love will indeed be like a brief wondrous flash of light in the darkness of the feud between the two families. ...read more.

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