Romeo and Juliet: Act 2 Scene 2 Quotes

“it is the east and Juliet is the sun” Romeo marvels at Juliet’s beauty as he watches her whilst she speaks; yet again he connotates her beauty with light, and in this instance the sun ( and again with ‘bright angel!’ ).
“Deny thy father and refuse thy name” Juliet is very assertive in the fact that she loves Romeo, and declares this without her knowing he is listening beneath her. She even says that she loves him despite his Montague heritage, therefore she is denying how his father is a Montague and that his name is of Montague’s.
“And i’ll no longer be a Capulet” After having declaring her love and not being fased by Romeo’s family name; Juliet also says that she will no longer be a Capulet as she feels a name is neither a ‘foot’ nor ‘hand’ therefore it is only ‘some other name!’
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet” Juliet is thoughtfully justifying why a name should not determine one’s path of fate or who one could end up wiyth, she compliments this by using an example of a rose which is infact very true in order for the audience to further relate and sympathize. This is further explained by how if the guards find Romeo ‘they will murder thee’.
“If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully” Juliet doesn’t want Romeo to say he loves her just yet, as she thinks that he may not mean it. She is trying to preserve her feelings as hers ate true, and in Georgian times it wasnt wise for a woman to show her feelings too early. Juliet doesn’t want to be ‘too quickly won’ so that she doesn’t get hurt.
“thou mayst think my ‘haviour light” Juliet is explaining to Romeo how she thinks he may find her behaviour too forward as she is ‘too fond’ of him already. He wants Romeo to swear to her ‘God of idolatry’ his love for her before they can move on.
“It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden” The trinomial of Juliet’s feelings emphasise how she has ‘no joy of this contract tonight’ which alarms the audience as their meetings should be made to last due to their fueding families. Juliet doesn’t want anything to happen, but all Romeo asks of her is ‘Th’ exchange of thy love’s faithful vow for mine’.
“My bounty is as boundless as the sea” Juliets genorosity and what she wants to give to Romeo is as deep as the sea, she wants him to realise that her ‘love is deep’ already and she eventually is persuaded to ‘perform the rite’ ( marriage proposal ) ‘By the hour of nine’ tomorrow with Romeo.
“Yet I should kill thee with much cherishing” Foreshadowing of darker events to come, although it’s said in a light and almost humorous tone, the death of Romeo afer having killed himself for trying to cherish his life with Juliet links to how Juliet says she will kill him with too much cherishing.
“His help to crave, and my dear hap to tell” The final line asks of Friar Lawrence’s hidden away room, so that Romeo can ask of him a favour that would be catastrophic to both families if they found out. Although others may see this as un-thought of, Romeo see’s this as his good fortune (‘hap’).

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