Romeo And Juliet - The Balcony Scene - Critical Response

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The soliloquy that I have chosen for the Critical Response is the ‘Balcony Scene’ from Romeo and Juliet. The focus of this soliloquy from Romeo was that he wanted to show his love for Juliet, and for him to be close to her by going to her place. I chose this soliloquy because I could actually enjoy reading it, and had a bit of fun analysing the soliloquy, whereas I didn’t enjoy Macbeth much at all. This soliloquy took place at Juliet’s place, with Romeo being down in the orchard, and Juliet on her balcony, hence the name of the scene. Romeo was motivated to visit Juliet as he was already completely and utterly in love with her, and he wanted a second encounter. Romeo could NOT wait until morning to visit Juliet, so he decided to go that night. Their first encounter was at the masked ball earlier in the night, where after seeing each other, they instantly fell in love: love at first sight. By the way Romeo spoke about Juliet, using metaphors to compare her to the highest beauty, and iambic pentameters to emphasise the point, it is obvious he was very much in love with her. That, or he was just trying to impress her with his vocabulary and witty charm. By talking her up so much, he also brought forward the point that he believed her to be too good for him. Examples of his flattery include: “See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand! O, that I were a glove upon that hand, that I might touch that cheek,” showing his love and wanting to be with her. Another one is: “Two of the fairest stars in all the 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 cheek would shame those stars, as daylight doth a lamp,” meaning that even the most beautiful things in the universe would not compare to her beauty. He
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