Act 2 Scene 2
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
By: Sammy Grochowski
Emphamis Balcony Scene
Juliet's Famous Quote
Deny thy father and refuse thy name!
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I'll no longer be a Capulet.
This is one of the most famous quotes in all of literature. Juliet speaks still not aware that Romeo is below, hearing all that she says. She asks why is the man that she loves a Montague? When she is supposed to hate all montagues. She asks him to act as if he is not a montague but instead a Capulet, that he should not pay attention to his name and not worry about what others think. She promises him that she will always love him, and that if they marry she will no longer be a Capulet.
Why is it important?
In Act 2 Scene 2 Romeo meets Juliet at the Capulet party for the first time. It is love at first sight. Romeo returns to the Capulet house and hides beneath the balcony, as Juliet appears. Upon the balcony unaware of Romeo's presence she speaks of her deep love for him. Romeo watches in awe, and finally comes out of the bushes. Juliet is embarrassed that he has heard all that she said, but then realizes that he must leave because if he is caught he will be killed. He replies saying that their love is worth the price of love. Then, later on in the scene the two lovers make arrangements to be married the next day. Juliet is to send a messenger to Romeo by the hour of nine for details. All in all Act 2 Scene is the most important scene in the play because all future scenes feed off of it.