Romeo and Juliet Act 2

What does this section of the Act 2 Prologue mean?Now Romeo is beloved and loves again,Alike bewitchèd by the charm of looks, The Act 2 Prologue has a bit of a warning that things seem to be happening very fast. Romeo is in love again (he is now in love with Juliet) and both Romeo and Juliet are in love with each other’s good looks (appearance).
Why is Mercutio making fun of Romeo? Mercutio thinks that Romeo is still in love with Rosaline and is acting strange.
What is Romeo doing? Romeo is hiding in the Capulet orchard hoping to see Juliet.
Explain the following lines:But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. Romeo is using a metaphor (Juliet is the sun). It is a continuation of the light imagery that Romeo uses to describe Juliet’s appearance. It is almost like he has left the darkness he felt because Rosaline didn’t love him and has now entered the light of Juliet’s glowing appearance. Please add in your ideas!
How does Romeo describe Juliet’s eyes in his opening speech? Romeo describes Juliet’s eyes “As brighter than the stars; if her eyes traded places with two stars in the sky, her eyes would outshine all others, and the stars as her eyes would seem dull next to her bright complexion.
What does Juliet mean by “Wherefore art thou Romeo?” When does Juliet says “Wherefore art thou Romeo?” she wants to know why he is named that and why is he a Montague?!
What is Juliet saying about roses and names? Juliet says that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. In other words, it doesn’t matter what name Romeo has because he is still wonderful.
What warning does Juliet give Romeo? Juliet warns that if Romeo is caught, he will be killed by her relatives (the Capulets).
Why does Juliet tell Romeo not to swear his love by the moon? Juliet doesn’t want Romeo to swear his love by the moon because the moon is constantly changing its shape; Juliet doesn’t want Romeo to change her feelings for her.
What does Juliet mean when she says:Although I joy in thee,I have no joy of this contract tonight.It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden,Too like the lightning, which doth cease to beEre one can say “It lightens.” Juliet means that things are happening too fast and that it is all too sudden.
After the hesitation and with a little prompting from Romeo who complains that she has left him hanging, Juliet makes a rather bold proposal. What does Juliet say that Romeo should do? Juliet says …If that thy bent of love be honorable,Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrowBy one that I’ll procure to come to theeWhere and what time thou wilt perform the rite,And all my fortunes at thy foot I’ll layAnd follow thee my lord throughout the world.Basically, she says that if Romeo can arrange a time and a place for them to get married tomorrow, she will marry him! Were you surprised by this?!
What does Romeo mean by this …A thousand times the worse to want thy light.Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books,But love from love, toward school with heavy looks. Romeo is saying that leaving Juliet is a thousand times worse than being near her. Lovers go to love as enthusiastically as schoolboys run away from their books and when he leaves Juliet he is as miserable as a schoolboy on his way to school.
Read the Friar’s opening speech. What is the overall theme of this speech? There is much power in nature, and things we consider good may also be hurtful, and things we consider harmful may have good qualities; together the good and bad make up the whole.
What does the Friar says about “young men’s love?” Why does he say this? The Friar says that young men’s love lies in their eyes and not their hearts (this echoes the warning in the Act 2 Prologue which said that Romeo and Juliet were bewitched by appearances). The Friar knows that Romeo was in love with Rosaline and that he has now changed his mind and has fallen for Juliet very quickly.
Where is an example of foreshadowing in Act 2 Scene 3? There is foreshadowing in Act 2 Scene 3 when it talks of a grave. To lay in a grave foreshadows death. There is also talk about plants that have good uses and bad uses (poison). This foreshadows death by poison!
What does Romeo mean when he tells the Friar …I have been feasting with mine enemy,Where on a sudden one hath wounded me,That’s by me wounded. Romeo means that they have both been wounded by love. It sounds like they have both been shot by Cupid’s arrow.
What does the Friar mean when he says …And art thou changed? Pronounce this sentence then:Women may fall when there’s no strength in men. The Friar means that we can’t expect women to be faithful if men are unreliable. He is criticizing Romeo for falling in and out of love with Rosaline so quickly and then so quickly falling in love with Juliet.
What does the Friar mean when he says …Oh, she knew wellThy love did read by rote, that could not spell. The Friar is saying that Rosaline recognized that Romeo’s love for her wasn’t real. It is like Romeo has memorized the words of lovers but doesn’t really understand what they mean.
Why does the Friar agree to marry Romeo and Juliet? The Friar agrees to marry them because he hopes the marriage will turn the hatred between their two families into love.
What warning does the Friar give to Romeo? The Friar warns Romeo that you stumble if you go too fast. He wants them to go slowly and be wise.
Tybalt has sent a letter to the Montague house. What is in the letter? Tybalt has challenged Romeo to a duel. Benvolio says that Romeo will answer it. In other words, Benvolio says that Romeo will agree to the duel.
Why is Mercutio worried about Romeo accepting the duel? Mercutio is worried about Romeo because Tybalt is an excellent swords man. He is very skilled in all different types of swordsmanship.He is tougher than the Prince of Cats (a figure from awhile ago who was also named Tybalt).
Find an example of dramatic irony at the beginning of Act 2 Scene. Mercutio says that Romeo was probably with Rosaline and she is driving him mad. However, the audience knows that Romeo has been with Juliet.Why, that same pale hard-hearted wench, that Rosaline,Torments him so, that he will sure run mad.
What does Mercutio mean by the following …Why, is not this better now than groaning for love? Now art thou sociable. Now art thou Romeo. Mercutio is happy that Romeo is joking around again and not moping about Rosaline. He says that Romeo is back to his old self.
Why is the Nurse so angry in Act 2 Scene 4?Now, afore God, I am so vexed that every part about me quivers. Scurvy knave! Mercutio has been making fun of her and saying rather lewd things.
What message does Romeo give the Nurse? Romeo tells that Juliet must make a plan to go to the abby this afternoon. Juliet can say that she is going to confession but she will actually be getting secretly married to Romeo. Friar Lawrence will marry them.
Why is Juliet so anxious when Act 2 Scene 5 opens? Juliet is anxious at the beginning of Act 2 Scene 5 because she has been waiting for the Nurse to return with some message from Romeo.
Why does the Nurse need to get a ladder? The Nurse needs to get a ladder because that night Romeo wants to sneak into Juliet’s room.
The Friar has agreed to marry Romeo and Juliet. What are some reasons that the Friar has agreed to this marriage? The Friar is obviously close to Romeo and may see him like a son. The Friar wants the Capulets and Montagues to stop fighting so he thinks this is a way to end the feud and join the two families together.
What is in the prologue? Summarizes Act One and tells the audience what to expect
Act Two Rising Action
Who is the antagonist in Act Two? Tybalt
What does Tybalt want to do? Get revenge against Romeo
What do Romeo and Juliet realize? They realize too late that they love eachother
What will Romeo and Juliet need to do? -takes chances/risks in order to be together, especially Juliet because she’s a girl and not allowed to go out alone.
In Act Two, Scene Two, who can hear someone talking? Romeo. He can hear Juliet but she cannot hear him.
Who is the thinker? Juliet-she worries that Romeo will be killed; how will he get over the wall.
Who is ruled by the heart? Romeo
Who helps Romeo? Cupid-he helped him over the wall; he protects him from getting killed
Is Romeo scared? He would rather die than not have Juliet’s love; he is willing to die for her.
What is the motif? The use of lightning-brief and violent
What role does the nurse play? She brings up Paris which causes Juliet to propose marriage. 9:00 Juliet will send nurse to Romeo.
Act Two Scene Three The whole scene is written in couplets
Soliloquy Important speech given by a main character, alone on stage that:-reveal character-examines conscience-makes a big decision-forshadowing
What does Friar Lawrence represent? Conscience of the play; Romeo’s confidant and father figure
What kind of priest is Friar Lawrence Franciscan who is an expert in plants
What does a flower represent? It represents man. Within every person there is good and evil. Evil will overcome the person and kill that person
How does Friar Lawrence feel about Romeo and Juliet? He feels that Romeo doesnt really lve Juliet. Feels that he is lusting after Juliet
Why does F. Lawrence agree to marry them? He agrees to marry R and J in order to end the feud.
What does Friar foreshadow? Hast is causing bad things to happen.
Act Two Scene Four Tybalt has written a challgene (Letter) to L. Montague
Who is the Prince of Cats Tybalt; name is derived from a cat in a fable who is known for being sneaky
What qualities does Tybalt have? Angry-hates Montagues-sneaky-cheats-best fencer in Verona
What are Mercutio’s thoughts? -women ruin men-women are men’s downfall
What is the dramatic irony? When the audience knows something the actors do not.
What kind of song does Mercutio sing to the nurse? An insulting song about her old age and appearance where at first the nurse enjoys it but realizes that he is insulting her
Who brings the rope ladder for Romeo? Balthazar, Romeo’s man servant
Who doesnt trust Balthazar? The nurse
Act Two, Scene Five Juliet heads to Friar;
Act Two, Scene Six Romeo and Juliet take their wedding vows very seriously; Love devours death-love will kill RomeoViolent delights have violent ends-this foreshadows their deaths
What does gunpowder represent? brief and violent death
What does is the love theme? Love slowly-dont be so driven by passion
How does Juliet sterotype old people in Scene Five? She sterotypes old people while waiting for the nurse’s return. She is calling the nurse old
How does the nurse avoid answering Juliet’s questions? Why is this funny? Nurse takes many lines to answer Juliet’s question. Irony in the nurse complains about being old and achy when Juliet blames age on tardieness.

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