Act II

Benvolio and Mercutio look for Romeo who is hiding

Main Literary Device

Dramatic Irony :
‡ We know where Romeo is but Benvolio and Mercutio do not.

‡ We know Romeo is over Rosaline and in love with Juliet but Benvolio and Mercutio do not.

Balcony Scene
Literary Devices:
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun (II.2. 2-3)

‡ Juliet s beauty compared to the SUN

By a name I know not how to tell thee who I am: My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself, Because it is an enemy to thee (II.2. 53-56)

Metaphor, Personification
‡ Juliet compared to a saint

‡ Name to an enemy

O, speak again, bright angel! for thou art As glorious to this night, being o'er my head As is a winged messenger of heaven (II.2. 26-28) ‡ Juliet compared to an angel My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite (II.2. 133-135) ‡ Love compared to a sea



I have night's cloak to hide me from their sight (II.2.75) ‡ Night = wearing a cloak


By love, who first did prompt me to inquire; He lent me counsel and I lent him eyes (II.2. 80-81) ‡ Love = who, he, him


Proof of Romeo s Love

1. Climbing the high wall 2. Risking his life (if found he will be killed) 3. Swearing his love by the moon 4. Proposes Marriage 5. Doff s his name

Romeo s visit to Friar Laurence Why does Romeo choose to tell Friar and not his friends? Friar s Hobby Friar s Criticisms ‡ collects weeds and flowers ‡ both poisonous and therapeutic
‡ Young men's love then lies Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes (II.3.67-68) ‡ mistaking lust for love ‡ Is Rosaline, whom thou didst love so dear, So soon forsaken? (II.3.66-67) ‡ fickle ‡ Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast (II.3.94) ‡ moving too fast

Friar s Agreement


Thinks the marriage will bring both families together

Mercutio, Benvolio and Romeo meet Nurse in street

Mercutio Answering the Letter Mercutio s Insults for the Nurse


Romeo cannot fight because he s still hung up on Rosaline and not man enough

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a sail = FAT a fan to cover her face = UGLY ancient lady = OLD


‡ Juliet tell her parents she s going to confession ‡ Go to church and get married ‡ Nurse waits for rope ladder ‡ After marriage Romeo climbs up to Juliet s room

Nurse delivers message to Juliet Nurse s Complaints

‡ Bones hurt ‡ Out of breath ‡ Headache ‡ Back hurts ‡ Juliet s attitude

Romeo and Juliet get married

Parallel Characters

‡ Maria = Juliet ‡ Tony = Romeo ‡ Riff = Mercutio ‡ Bernardo = Tybalt ‡ Anita = Nurse ‡ Police = Prince Escalus ‡ Chino = Paris ‡ Doc = Friar Laurence

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