Act 2 Scene 2

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

By: Sammy Grochowski

Emphamis Balcony Scene

It is in this historic scene that Romeo and Juliet first proclaim their love for each other. This scene takes place just after they meet one another for the first time at the Capulet party. In the begin Juliet does not know that Romeo is hiding below her, and she cries out to him and shows her love for him. When Romeo comes out and Juliet sees him she is embarrassed, but her embarrassment quickly changes to fear because she knows that if Romeo is caught then he will be killed. But, he says there love is worth the price of death.
Balcony scene from Romeo & Juliet

Juliet's Famous Quote

O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?

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.

Wedding Arrangments

At the end of this scene Romeo and Juliet come to a shocking conclusion. The two want to get married, after meeting for the first time! Juliet is to send a messenger to Romeo by the hour of nine to receive the details of their marriage. Including where and when the ceremony would be held. At the time I thought that it was crazy that they decided to get married after just one night, but looking back now after reading the rest of the novel I can tell that they truly did care about each other enough to get married.

Why is it important?

In my opinion Act 2 Scene 2 is the most important scene in all of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. It sets the stage for the rest of the book. It is when Romeo and Juliet make the most crucial decisions of their lives. They decide to love each other. Deny their names. And to get married. It is this scene and all of the decisions made within with a combination of bad timing that leads to their deaths.

Summary

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.