-Romeo and Juliet-

Act 2 Scene 2

Romeo stands in the shadows beneath Juliet’s bedroom window. Juliet appears on the balcony and thinking she’s alone, reveals in a soliloquy her love for Romeo. She despairs over the feud between the two families and the problems the feud presents. Romeo listens, and after Juliet wishes for the family feud to end, she says that if he would refuse his Montague name, she would give herself to him; or if he would simply swear that he loved her, she would refuse her Capulet name. After listening to this Romeo shouts to Juliet.

She wonders how he found her; Romeo replies that her that love led him to her. Juliet begins to worry that Romeo will be murdered if he is found in her garden, but Romeo refuses to budge, claiming that Juliet’s love would make him immune to his enemies. The Nurse calls Juliet from the balcony. Juliet leaves but returns momentarily.

They agree to marry. Juliet promises to send a messenger the next day so that Romeo can tell her what wedding arrangements he has made.  After settling on nine the next morning Juliet leaves with The Nurse. The scene concludes as the day comes to an end, Romeo leaves to seek the advice of Friar Laurence.

Plot Summary

Romeo and Juliet is a multi-award winning play written by William Shakespeare. It is a tragic love story where the two main characters are from rival families, the Montagues and the Capulets. Therefore, Romeo and Juliet are supposed to be sworn enemies but fall deeply in love. Due to their families’ ongoing conflict and inability to solve their differences, they cannot be together. The tragedy results in both killing themselves because they cannot cope with being separated from one another.

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