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The balcony scene review - Romeo and Juliet.

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English Literary Heritage - Shakespeare / Pre 1914 Drama Coursework The balcony scene is a key part in Romeo and Juliet as it shows there love for each other for the first time. The balcony scene is after the masked ball in that Romeo and Juliet first meet and through the scene they declare their love and promise marriage. The love between Romeo and Juliet is quite sudden as they meet in one night and in that same night they declare their love to each other and decide to get married. The first time Romeo sets eyes on Juliet it seems he is in love as he is keen to ask as much as he can about her. He starts his elaborate descriptions of her before he has even spoken to her, like when he says 'a jewel in an Ethiop's ear,' which is comparing her to something extremely beautiful. Romeo straight away tells Juliet he wants to kiss her but in a descriptive language as he says, 'my lips, two blushing pilgrim, ready stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.' Juliet replies very cleverly showing her maturity and that she is actually very clever as she says, 'palm to palm is holy palmer's kiss.' Here she is playing with words and saying by touching hands is a pilgrims way of kissing, which teases Romeo. Together they play with words until Romeo finally does kiss her. ...read more.

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This shows she is thinking about what could happen and why the high walls could prove a problem for Romeo. She thinks ahead in the situation that could become dangerous or a potentially awkward situation such as when she tells Romeo, 'if they see thee they will murder thee,' as she worries for Romeo. The example, 'the orchard walls are high and hard to climb,' also shows how she is a thoughtful yet perceptive as she wonders about how Romeo managed to get over the wall. Juliet is very sure of what she wants as she plays games and plays with words with people, not only Romeo as she says to her mother, 'I'll look to like, if looking liking move.' With this line she is mixing her words so that she is not promising her mother that she will marry Paris, she is just saying that she will look at him, which is very clever. On the other hand she can be manipulative as she knows so much what she wants sometimes she tries to twist people to do what she wants, like when her father is trying to force her to marry Paris she is so against the idea she is determined to get her own way. Juliet is more private and contained, shown in the balcony scene when she tries to control her feelings and do the sensible thing in not letting Romeo take over and also by not being over passionate and regretting her actions as when near the end of the balcony scene Romeo asks 'wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?' ...read more.

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We find out that Juliet is more practical and level-headed than Romeo and that Romeo is braver to declare his love and is not afraid of Juliet's family because he loves her so much. This is also showing him to be less mature and less practical, though strong and brave. The balcony scene is the second scene in act two, which starts in scene one with Benvolio and Mercutio trying to find Romeo when he has jumped over the orchard wall to find Juliet. Benvolio is genuinely worried about Romeo but Mercutio is making fun of his way with his feelings. The balcony scene shows to us how Romeo is quick to abandon his friends when something better comes along, i.e. Juliet. We also find out more about Juliet's family and her nurse maid as Juliet talks about her family and we hear her nurse calling Juliet from inside the house. Her family seem to be very protective over Juliet as she says to Romeo, 'if they see thee they will murder thee', which is quite a big thing to do just because he is Romeo and is talking to Juliet. Her nurse in this scene calls on her three times which shows her to be a bossy, loud character as she keeps calling Juliet and it shows she is shouting quite loud because of the exclamation mark at the end of each of her words when she calls, 'Madam!' Overall this scene is extremely important and is a key for developing Romeo and Juliet's love for each other and also their characters. ...read more.

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