Romeo and Juliet Quotes Act II

“But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east and Juliet is the sun.” (2.2.1) Speaker: RomeoContext: Romeo is talking to himself outside Juliet’s windowMeaning: The sun rises in the east, so the light coming from the window means that Juliet is in the window. The references to light show that Juliet is a glowing, wonderful person to Romeo.
“O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, an I’ll no longer be a Capulet.” (2.2.38) Speaker: JulietContext: Juliet is talking to herself on the balcony, Romeo is listeningMeaning: Asking why Romeo has to be a Montague, suggests that they both put the feud aside so it doesn’t mess up their relationship
“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose y any other name would smell as sweet; So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d, retain that dear perfection which he owes without that title.” (2.2.48) Speaker: JulietContext: BalconyMeaning: What are names and what do they mean? They are insignificant because if something has a name, they will still be the same thing without it, like Romeo
“My ears have not yet drunk a hundred words of that tongue’s utterance, yet I know the sound.” (2.2.58) Speaker: JulietContext: Juliet talking to Romeo from the balconyMeaning: They haven’t known each other long, but they love each other so much that they can recognize each other’s voices
“The orchard walls are high and hard to climb, And the place of death, considering who thou art, if any of my kinsmen find thee here.” (2.2.63) Speaker: JulietContext: Balcony sceneMeaning: Explaining to Romeo the danger of being here, because if he were to be caught, her family would kill him because he is a Montague and he wouldn’t be able to escape.
“With love’s light wings did I o’er perch these walls; For stony limits cannot hold love out.” (2.2.78) Speaker: RomeoContext: Balcony sceneMeaning: Their love cannot be restrained by the feud
“My life were better ended by their hate, than death prorogued, wanting of thy love.” (2.2.78) Speaker: RomeoContext: Balcony sceneMeaning: Romeo would rather have her family kill him than live without her
“I am no pilot; yet wert thou as far as that vast that short wash’d with the farthest sea, I would adventure for such merchandise.” (2.2.82) Speaker: RomeoContext: Balcony sceneMeaning: Romeo=pilot, Juliet=merchandise, he would travel to the farthest sea to get to Juliet, he would do anything for her
“Or if thou thunk’s I am too quickly won, I’ll frown and be perceives and say thee nay.” (2.2.95) Speaker: JulietContext: Balcony sceneMeaning: Juliet is proving to b strong and independent, because she threatens that if Romeo doesn’t love her in the way that she loves him, the relationship is off
“O, swear not by the inconstant moon, that monthly changes in her circled orb, lest that thy love prove likewise variable.” (2.2.110) Speaker: JulietContext: Balcony sceneMeaning: Juliet is telling Romeo not to rush into things and swear that he loves her right away, because his love may change and they haven’t known each other for a long time
“I have no joy in this contract to-night: it is too rash, to unadvised, too sudden; too like the lighting, which does cease to be ere one can say ‘it lightens’.” (2.2.118) Speaker: JulietContext: Balcony sceneMeaning: Juliet thinks that they are moving too fast, like lightning, and she wants to know him better before they marry

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