Romeo and Juliet
Act 2, Scene 2 – Scene Summary
Location: Capulets orchard
Characters: Juliet, Romeo, Nurse
Time: Late Sunday night
Scene events: Romeo has climbed over Capulets orchard wall in the attempt to find Juliet. As Juliet enters on the balcony, Romeo speaks quietly about her, he wants her to vow her love to him, saying that her virginity makes her look green and sick. Romeo refers to Juliet being as bright as the sky and that the two brightest stars in the sky going away and she will be taking their place. Juliet begins to speak about Romeo’s father and his name and that they are her enemy and that if he swears that he loves her, she will not continue being a Capulet, however, she does not know that Romeo is listening to her private thoughts. Juliet realises that Romeo is there and he says that he will not use the name Romeo again if she calls him, her love. Juliet tells Romeo that if any of her relatives find him in the orchard, they will kill him. Romeo does not seem to care if anyone finds him there, as he would rather be killed than live without her love. Romeo speaks about her family members being no obstacle. Juliet and Romeo make a love vow to each other and make an agreement that the next day by nine o’clock, Juliet will send a messenger to Romeo to receive information about where and when they will be married. Juliet’s nurse calls for her and she leaves Romeo after they say goodbye to each other many times. Romeo leaves Capulets orchard to go and see his priest to tell him that he will be marrying Juliet Tomorrow.
Quote: Romeo “Sleep dwell upon thine eyes, peace in thy breast. Would I were sleep and peace, so sweet to rest. Hence will I to my ghostly friar’s close cell, His help to crave and my dear hap to tell”.
Juliet: ” O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name.Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I’ll no longer be a Capulet”.
The imagery in the scene
Romeo refers to himself as a ship again
Romeo refers to Juliet as a shining star and that two of the brightest stars have gone away and Juliet is to take their place “Two of the fairest stars in heaven in all of heaven, having some business, do entreat her eyes, To twinkle in their spheres till they return. What if her eyes were there, they in her head? The brightness of her cheeks would shame those stars, as daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven”.