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What Do We Learn of Romeo and Juliet from their Famous Balcony Scene in Act 2, Scene 2?

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What Do We Learn of Romeo and Juliet from their Famous Balcony Scene in Act 2, Scene 2? This scene in Romeo and Juliet tells us a lot about the two main characters and their feeling and thoughts just after they have met. The characters are both the last of their family line with no siblings and so are expected to continue the feud between their families for their entire lives. The couple however do not want to continue the vendetta between the families, as displayed in Juliet's line 'That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as well'. ...read more.

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Although the couple have not known each other for even a day, there is a mutual attraction between each other, and Shakespeare wants to convey the message of 'love at first sight'. The couple use poetic language about each other as shown in line 15 when Romeo describes her eyes as 'two of the fairest stars in all the heaven'. This language shows of how much Romeo and Juliet have feelings for each other though Romeo has only looked at her eyes once. Romeo's love for Juliet made him risk his life in this scene when he climbed over the wall into the Capulet household by 'love's light wings'. ...read more.

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on lines 154-155. The use of hyperboles emphasises the affection between the couple and also makes the languages sound elaborate and elegant. In the scene, Juliet appears to have doubts of her love for Romeo when, in line 118, she says that the relationship is "too rash, too unadvis'd, too sudden", meaning that she needs time to consider the relationship rather than make a hasty decision. However, by line 144, she is speaking of the 'purpose marriage'. This implies that she wants Romeo and herself to marry soon. This sudden change of heart shows that Juliet does not know what she wants to do, and although she tries to make a decision, her heart and her head are telling her to do two opposite things, her heart loves him yet her head knows of the danger because of the household vendetta. ...read more.

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