Romeo Scene Breakdown

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Act I Scene 1: Romeo is ‘in love’ with Rosaline, and appears very unhappy as a result. He is feeling sorry for himself, and won’t tell his friends who the girl is or talk about it. Here he acts very much like a teenage boy, very young. Scene 2: Romeo still ‘in love’ with Rosaline agrees to go to Capulet party because he knows that she will be there. Still acting immature, moping around etc. Scene 4: Romeo is very worried about the future ‘my mind misgives, some consequence yet hanging in the stars’ he has had a strange dream and is now reluctant to go to the party as he thinks it will lead to disaster, but he allows Mercutio and Benvolio to talk him into attending. Scene 5: Romeo sees Juliet and falls madly in love with her, forgetting Rosaline at once (this tells us he wasn’t really in love with her, more in love with the idea of being in love.) Romeo and Juliet meet and have a loving conversation full of religious imagery ‘this holy shrine’ that is overly formal and meant to show how ‘pure’ they are. In this scene Romeo grows up a bit, he appears to be very much in charge of his own ‘destiny’. There is a huge contrast between Romeo ‘in love’ with Rosaline and how he is when in love with Juliet. With Juliet he is much more mature. Act II Scene 1: Romeo hides from friends. Scene 2: Romeo goes to visit Juliet at her home. They both declare that they love each other despite familial differences ‘a rose by any name would smell as sweet’. They exchange loving words and profess their love for each other. Juliet is uneasy about how fast things are happening and asks Romeo to prove his love by marrying her. He agrees. This marks that Romeos transformation from lovesick ‘boy’ to man. Scene 3: Romeo asks the Friar to marry them, and confides in him. The friar agrees as he thinks it will bring the feuding families together. Romeo in this scene becomes a little less
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