The Intensity of the Newfound Love
Between Romeo and Juliet in Act 2 Scene 2
At the beginning of Act 2, Scene 2, Romeo climbs over the wall of the
Capulet residence and into the orchard.This is a risk in itself as
Montagues' are sworn enemies of Capulets', and if Romeo is
discovered,he will surely be killed. Juliet reminds him of this later
on, but he just replies,
"Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye
Than twenty of their swords!Look thou but sweet,
And I am proof against their emnity." (Lines 71 - 73)
So we learn that he is willing to give up his life if only Juliet
would say she loved him.
He also chose Juliet over his friends, as he left the group to see
her. Romeo begins to speak of his love for Juliet when he sees her on
the balcony of her room. Juliet does not know Romeo is below her
balcony as she has too much on her mind. Romeo calls Juliet, "bright
angel" (Line 26) and "winged messenger of heaven" which shows he
thinks her of a goddess and also shows how intense his love is for
Juliet begins to speak of Romeo and we learn that the fact Romeo is a
Montague and that their families do not get on is the reason why she
is unsure of their love,"Deny thy father, and refuse thy name." (Line
Romeo and Juliet's private thoughts both show the intensity of their
feelings for one another, and how strong their love is.
Juliet does not wish him to swear his devotion by the moon as its
position changes every month, so his love may not be reliable,
"Do not swear at all;
Or if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self,
Which is the god of my idolatry,
And I'll believe thee." (Lines 112 - 115)
As Juliet has to return to her house, she quickly tells Romeo if his
vow of our love is true that they should be married...the next day.
Even though the pair have only met, they both feel that their love is
true and will last, so they decide to be wed. In those days, marriage
was a solemn vow of love and divorce was frowned upon by the church.
So despite their friends and families reactions, they feel their love
will survive through that.
There are two different adaptations of the play. A costume drama set
in the 1600s (Zeffirelli adaptation) and a modern version set in the
late 20th century (Baz Luhrman adaptation).
When we open Act 2 Scene 2 in the Zeffirelli adaptation, we hear a
flute playing the main ball theme with the strings and church bells in
the background. This creates a pastoral and peaceful atmosphere which
does not indicate any danger of Romeo being caught. The actors speak
with English accents and Juliet looks about 14 with Romeo about 18.
The scene is set outside a castle-like stone mansion with a stone
balcony and lots of trees and bushes to hide Romeo below. There are
closeups of Romeo while he is hiding in the...