This omission says something about Shakespeare's view of young love and how the wedding is not what is important in this very archetypical romantic love story. Finally, Shakespeare continues to explore the contrasts that he introduced in Act I, particularly the disparity between night and day or darkness and light. Romeo and Juliet's love exists in an atmosphere electrified by the darkness of the hatred between the families. The friar fears that Romeo may have slept in sin with Rosaline. Benvolio tells the prince what happens. Romeo bemoans his fate because being banished is like a living death.
Romeo considers banishment a fate worse than death, since it will separate him from his beloved Juliet. Romeo woefully bemoans his plight as an unrequited, Petrarchan lover. Lady Capulet concurs that Juliet was very upset by the news. Scene three takes place in Friar Laurence's room in the church. Summary arrives at 's cell as day breaks.
Juliet laments that Romeo could seem such an angel and be such a devil. Juliet continues to flip out about Romeo's banishment. Mercutio, Benvolio enter with a page and several servants. The emotionally charged circumstances, though tragic, present a choice, not an inevitability. It may be the Prince's men. The term Petrarchan comes from the poet, Petrarch, who wrote sonnets obsessively consumed with his unrequited love for Laura. The feud between the Montagues and the Capulets is more powerful than the love between Romeo and Juliet - and thus, it eventually defeats them.
Because of his underlying motivations, however, the Friar is an imperfect religious figure. Benvolio tells Romeo that the feast will be the perfect opportunity to compare Rosaline with the other beautiful women of Verona. Juliet does not want him to go, and they teasingly argue about his options. In her soliloquy, Juliet wishes that Romeo could transcend his name. At the beginning of the balcony scene, Romeo invades Juliet's privacy without her invitation, which becomes doubly apparent when he overhears her soliloquy. Romeo overhears her speech, which confirms his own feelings. She comes back out and insists that if Romeo truly loves her, he should propose marriage and plan a meeting place for them.
The dual mortalities occur after the characters randomly run into each other on the street, but the bloodshed is enabled by specific human decisions. Juliet's strength is admirable to the audience, but is anathema to men, like her father, whose power she is threatening. Romeo's use of traditional, hackneyed poetry in the early stages of the play show him as a young, inexperienced lover who is more interested in the concept of being in love, than actually loving another human being. In using the term to describe his present state, Romeo accepts the responsibilities thrust upon him by the social institutions of honor and family duty. Benvolio tells him the entire story, but the Prince refuses to hold Romeo blameless. She tells the nurse to summon Romeo as an effort to see him one more time before he is exiled.
The Nurse jumps right on board and starts piling the criticism on Romeo. For instance, when Romeo tries to swear by the moon, Juliet remarks that the moon waxes and wanes, and is too variable. O, that deceit should dwell 90 In such a gorgeous palace! The Friar thinks Romeo does not understand what love is to flit from one girl to the next so quickly. The forces that determine their fate are laid in place well before Romeo and Juliet even meet. She is used to obeying the Nurse's authority, and during the balcony scene, she disappears twice.
He declares that should Romeo be found within the city, he will be killed. Romeo apologizes and tells the Nurse to deliver his love to Juliet. And her and Romeo, too. He also tells her that he will be sending a servant who will meet the nurse by the wall surrounding the Capulet property to deliver a ladder so that Romeo can climb up Juliet's balcony that night for their honeymoon. While an undeniable certainty exists within this natural cycle, the Friar suggests that the deeply flawed human being imposes some degree of mutability on the entire process. Scene six jumps back to Friar Laurence and Romeo at the church waiting for Juliet to arrive.
Discover how Juliet can have a wedding night even though Romeo has been told to leave Verona forever. Shakespeare also underlines the contrast between youth and old age. But Juliet cuts the Nurse off, and chides herself for speaking ill of Romeo. I wot well where he is. The Nurse enters the scene and informs Rome and the Friar that Juliet is very distraught over the news of Romeo's banishment. The love that Romeo and Juliet share is the opposite of the selfish love that Shakespeare references in the opening acts of the play. However, she also defies authority twice in order to reappear and continue her conversation with Romeo.
. Clearly, Friar Lawrence is a kindhearted friend to both Romeo and Juliet. While musing on the beneficence of the Earth, he demonstrates a deep knowledge of the properties of the plants he collects. Others, including the Norton Shakespeare, which this note is based on, continue the scene as follows. Benvolio soon returns with news that Mercutio has died. She tells the nurse that she might as well pull the rope ladder back up and that her wedding bed will also be her death bed, meaning that now that Romeo is banished, Juliet considers herself a widowed bride and will die still a virgin. This phrase comes true, because Juliet dies while she is still married to Romeo.
Mercutio is excited by this proposition and wants to answer the letter, but Benvolio tells him it is Romeo's letter, and he must answer it, knowing that Romeo does not condone fighting. Whereas before, Romeo was able to separate himself from his family's grudge, his decision to avenge Mercutio's death by killing Tybalt instead fuels the feud he had once hoped to escape. In the balcony scene, Romeo and Juliet recognize this selfish brand of love and then transcend it. Ah, poor my lord, what tongue shall smooth thy name When I, thy three-hours wife, have mangled it? Romeo attempts to comfort Mercutio who dispatches his page to find a doctor. Tybalt makes it clear that he is looking for Romeo, whom he wants to punish for sneaking into the Capulets' masked party the previous day. I swoonèd at the sight.