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Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Direct Act 2 Scene 2, the balcony scene Romeo has clambered over the wall into the orchard of the Capulet family when he sees the candlelight appear in Juliet's bedroom window, which he immediately compares to the rising sun; he says, "what light through yonder window breaks?" Though it is late at night and all that is shinning is the moons light, Juliet's surpassing beauty makes Romeo imagine that she is the sun, transforming the darkness into daylight. Romeo says Juliet is the sun and says, "Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon", this is a very strong image and personifies the sun to make it more of a real rival to Juliet's beauty as well as alluding to the violence and tension in the plot. Romeo goes on by personifying the moon, calling it "sick and pale with grief" at the fact that Juliet, the sun, is far brighter and more beautiful. This quote is important because in addition to initiating one of the play's most beautiful and famous sequences of poetry, it is a prime example of the light/dark motif that runs throughout the play. Many scenes in Romeo and Juliet are set either late at night or early in the morning and Shakespeare often uses the contrast between night and day to explore opposing alternatives in a given situation. Here, Romeo imagines Juliet transforming darkness into light; later, after their wedding night, Juliet convinces Romeo momentarily that the daylight is actually night (so that he doesn't yet have to leave her room). ...read more.


Juliet is talking to herself and saying "Romeo, doff thy name," meaning cast off with your name and then we can be together. Then Romeo suddenly jumps out from the bushes beneath her window, enthusiastically and says, "I take thee at thy word: / Call me but love, and I'll be new baptised". Romeo is saying that he will lose his name for her, and because he belongs to the Roman Catholic Church because it's medieval Italy he says if you call me your lover I will get baptised again and will no longer be Romeo. When they meet Juliet becomes puzzled and curious about his presence. Juliet has a shocked look as she cannot understand how it is possible for a man especially Romeo the son of a Montague to climb and get into the orchard, she says "What man art thou that thus bescreened in night / So stumblest on my counsel?" she is saying that who is this man hidden from me invading my private thoughts? When she knows it is Romeo she becomes astonished as the light of the moon flashes on his face as she first sees him and suddenly questions him on how he got there. Romeo replies, "love's light wings did I o'erperch these walls," meaning love has given me wings to rise from the walls and come to you. Juliet fears for Romeo's safety if he is found in the Capulets grounds. She says, "If any of my kinsmen find thee here" meaning if any of Juliet's guards see Romeo then he may be placed death if they catch him. ...read more.


This is showing a stereotype because usually most boys wouldn't want to go to school and would usually walk really slowly into school because there not enthusiastic going to school, just like Romeo is not enthusiastic parting with Juliet. Falconry and hunting with birds of prey was a popular sport in Shakespeare's day among the nobility. The falconer, or huntsman, used a lure (or bait) and a special call to bring the bird back to captivity of his hand. When Juliet reappears she wants to lure Romeo back. Touching his face using her hand she says, "O for a falc'ner's voice, / To lure this tassel-gentle back again" meaning Juliet likens Romeo to a "tassel-gentle", a male peregrine falcon, the bird of princes so she can always bring Romeo back to her by her side. Romeo calls Juliet whilst touching a white nightgown "My ni�sse?" this suggests that Juliet is an unfledged hawk meaning she is a virgin. The significance of her wearing a white nightgown dress is that it suggests sense of innocence, purity and that she still got her virginity. Juliet then tells Romeo that she will send someone to him the next day to see if his love is honourable and if he intends to wed her. The Nurse calls again, and again Juliet withdraws. She appears at the window once more to set a time when her emissary should call on him: they settle on nine in the morning. They exult in their love for another moment before saying good night. Juliet goes back inside her chamber. Romeo and Juliet reluctantly part. She compares him to a captive bird that can never escape from its owner. Romeo promises to seek Friar Lawrence's help. ...read more.

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