Romeo and Juliet Act 2

bawdy cruel humorEx: fruit salad
puns play on words Ex: nurse says “R” like a dog growl
oxymoron contradictory termEx: “Parting is such sweet sorrow”
malapropism Nurse mixes up words/phrases (3 times)1.) “I desire some confidence with you”; she meant conference2.) “ropery”; she meant roguery, meaning a bad guy 3.) “she hath the prettiest sententious of it,”; she meant sentence
foils Nurse & Friar LawrenceTybalt & Benvolio
foreshadowing Friar Lawrence says the “sweetest honey is loathsome in his own deliciousness”
why Friar Lawrence agrees to marry the families not because he believes they’re in love, but may end the feud between the two families
Friar Lawrence’s reaction to Romeo when Romeo tells him about loving Juliet shocked and teasing, Friar thinks he’s joking and is nuts, and that Romeo only goes for beautiful women
role of Friar Lawrence holy man, spiritual counselor, medicine person, father figure to Romeo (gives advice), associated with foreshadowing, sometimes a little sexist and bawdy
balcony scene Romeo hiding in bushes, Juliet does not know he is there. He’s looking up at her on the balconyJuliet is more beautiful than all other women. In Juliet’s mind, she wants Romeo to marry her, meaning she would no longer be a Capulet.It is night time, Romeo speaking to Juliet is risking his life seeing Juliet because they’re enemies.Juliet wants to marry him, and she loves Romeo (doesn’t know if he loves her). Juliet will send the nurse as her “messenger” to get details and set up Romeo and Juliet’s marriage.-Love is all personified.-A lot of light & religious imagery (saint, baptized)-names do not matter if love is strong-it is night, do not see blushing
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.
What does this section of the Act 2 Prologue mean?Now Romeo is beloved and loves again,Alike bewitchèd by the charm of looks, 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).
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!
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.
what Juliet tells Romeo about how she’ll act for him if he wants her to Juliet will play hard to get if Romeo wants her to but it is not needed because she loves him
Friar Lawrence’s introduction, especially first 5 lines of speech soliloquy with similes and allusions
What is the overall theme of Friar’s 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.
Romeo’s flaw impulsive, does not think things through
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. ALLUSION
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.
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).
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 int Juliet’s room.
Mercutio describes Tyblalt Mercutio is making fun of Tybalt. Tybalt is like a “fancy fighter” “Prince of cats”
comic scene with Juliet and Nurse Juliet says if the Nurse was younger, she would have hurried back home
who the nurse favors as Juliet’s husband Paris, more proper
Peter “anon”
Rosaline never physically appears
insults towards the nurse sailboat, fat, bawd, ancient lady
why Romeo leaves his “boys” he loves Juliet
monologue, soliloquy, aside monologue- heardsoliloquy- not meant to be heardaside- heard by audience and not character
Rosemary/Romeo In Elizabethan times, rosemary –>symbol of remembrance and faithfulnessSince Romeo’s name starts with an R, maybe he will be faithful
shrive confession

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