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Romeo and Juliet Commentary on Act 2, Scene 2

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Romeo and Juliet Oral Commentary Act 2, Scene 2 1. Introduction () "It is too like lightning, which doth cease be..." is the line that Juliet uses to describe love as she questions Romeo's feelings towards her and is afraid that they will "cease" be. This passage is the latter part of Act 2, Scene 2 and describes the climax of Romeo and Juliet's relationship since it is at this time they decide to marry. This passage is foreshadowed by the events at the Capulets' feast and foreshadows the eventual marriage of the two lovers. It also foreshadows the deaths of the couple. This is shown by Juliet's words "All my fortunes at thy foot I'll lay/ and follow thee my lord throughout the world" Upon discovery of Romeo's suicide when she wakes up, Juliet "follows" Romeo by killing herself in hope that the two of them will be united in death. In this passage, a shift in Juliet's character is revealed as her maturity is shown through her remarks about the abruptness of love, Shakespeare's theme of loyalty to love is illustrated in this passage as the two lovers ...read more.

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However, as she falls in love with Romeo, Juliet experiences a rite of passage, which provides her with a more mature outlook on love. Love cannot be based purely on physical appearances, but must have passion as well, and it is, in fact, Juliet who delivers some of the play's most powerful and passionate lines, including "My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite." * Develops themes () * A common theme in this passage is that of duality. The light and dark motifs throughout this passage create a sense of irony. Romeo and Juliet's love is seen as a light in the surrounding darkness of hate. However, their declaration of love and the consummation of the marriage are done at night, while the feuding occurs in during the day. * Another theme in this passage is the struggle between loyalty to love and loyalty to family. The enmity between the families makes the love difficult for Romeo and Juliet and they must rebel against their families to be with each other, as Romeo ventures into the Capulet orchard to see his beloved. ...read more.

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The passage also ends on an optimistic note, as the lovers prepare for their impending marriage. 3. Literary Significance * References to each other (I, you, me, names) --> * The references to each other further illustrate the deep bond between the lovers because they cannot make a sentence without referring to each other. * "Swearing " Parts (God, What shall I swear by?) --> * These parts refer to a higher power by which they swear. This emphasizes the conflict between fate vs. free will. * References to light and dark images (lightening, flowers --> opposites) * The references to images that are associated with light and dark, like lightening and the nature, emphasize the theme of duality. Love can be like the lightening, which is rash and quick, but also like nature, where it can blossom into a beautiful flower. * References to night (Good-night!) --> * This also calls attention to the theme of duality, as night is always mentioned in a positive way, like "goodnight", or "blessed night" * Simile/comparison (My bounty as boundless....) --> * This is a comparison between Juliet's love and the depth of the sea, with her saying that her love for Romeo knows no boundaries. ...read more.

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