Compare And Contrast The Language Of Romeo And Juliet In The Balcony Scene



Act II Scene 2 is one of the most famous scenes of the play. It is
commonly known as the "Balcony Scene" because Juliet appears on a small
balcony outside her bedroom window, and exchanges words, expresses true
love with Romeo who is standing below in her father's orchard. The scene is
famous for its moving and vivid images, used to express love between two
people of contrasting nature. In my study I will compare the language of
Romeo and Juliet in this famous scene.
The balcony scene is physically separate from the rest of the play
by being set in a moonlit garden. The lovers exist outside the feuding and
quarreling but cannot completely ignore it. Their love is shown as eternal
and ...

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the use of light imagery. He declares:

"It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. Arise, fair sun, and kill the
envious moon Her vestal livery is but sick and green"

Romeo connects the pale moonlight with sickness and grief and says that
only fools have anything to do with it. Here Romeo refers to how foolishly
he fell in love with Rosaline. He could also be referring to the court
jesters. In those days Elizabethan court jesters wore a chequered costume
of pale and green which is why he said

"none but fools do wear it."

Romeo's comparison of Juliet to the sun provides an understanding to his
state of mind. Previously when Romeo was in love with Rosaline he always
sad, depressed and associated her with darkness. When Romeo uses light
imagery it stands in contrast to the imagery of darkness used earlier and
shows how powerful and true his love is for Juliet. His love for Juliet
kills the sick love and gives new life with its radiance.

"Two of the fairest stars in all heaven ...

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not care whether he is a Montague. She believes that a
name does not make any difference to a person's character.

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell
as sweet".

Even though these words are simple they are poetic in thought. These words
show that Juliet is unprejudiced and fair. When she hears Romeo's voice she
realizes that Romeo is present beneath her window and she

"My ears have not yet drunk a hundred words".

Her description of her ears drinking in his words shows that all her senses
are awakened by her love for him and is emphasized when she later uses the
image of the booming bud.
By observing the language Romeo and Juliet use, I find ...

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