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ACT TWO and literacy devices.

May 6, 2010

analogy:  a comparison of similarities between things which are otherwise unlike.
Example: Act 2 -scene 2 (lines 42-43). What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By another word would smell as sweet. What Juliet really means is even though Romeo is a Montague but he is still perfect to her. 
imagery:  the words paint the picture of the story. Mental images turn into real things.

Example: Act 2- scene 3 (Lines 1-10). “The gray-eyed….flowers” Friar Laurence carries a basket and he talks about poison.

irony: sarcasm, the uses of words to convey the actual meaning.
I. dramatic irony: irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters.

Example: The balcony scene, when Romeo watches Juliet and makes a comparison to the sun about her beauty. We as readers know his presence but Juliet doesn’t know that Romeo is watching her. Then she talks to herself about “O Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo” which she doesn’t aware that he is just under the balcony.
II. situational irony:  something happens that is contrary to expectation.

Example: Romeo hides away from Mercutio and Benvolio. They are talking about Romeo’s “true love” and they have a joke about calling out Rosaline name but they don’t even know about Romeo has fallen in love with Juliet. Yes, Romeo is searching for his true love not Rosaline but Juliet.
III. verbal irony: saying the thing that is opposite with what you mean but in the way that everyone knows what you really mean

Example: It is when Juliet says that “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By another word would smell as sweet.”
monologue: a speech that you make to yourself.

Example: In the balcony scene, when Juliet speaks to herself about why Romeo has to be Romeo. She wishes that Romeo could be someone else but not a Montague, reject his father and refuse his name.
oxymoron: when you conjoining contradictory terms.

Example: When Juliet struggles between her love for Romeo and dislike him for killing Tybalt. “Parting is such sweet sorrow”

personification: thing that represents the abstract thing.

Example: When Romeo compares Juliet to the sun, the line that follows is “Arise fair sun and kill the envious moon” ( Balcony scene, line 2)
soliloquy: speech you make to yourself.

Example: Act 2, scene 1 when Romeo reveals his thoughts about Juliet and he is amazed by her beauty while secretly watching her.


ACT TWO – scene vi

May 5, 2010

Scene 6

  1. What does Friar Laurence mean,
    So smile the heavens upon this holy act

That after-hours with sorrow chide us not!” (Lines 1-2) – “May heaven smile upon this holy ceremony, and may sorrow never punish us for it in days to come”. Friar Laurence blesses the marriage between Romeo and Juliet and he wishes that nothing would disturb or disapprove their marriage”.

2. Is Romeo fearful of the future? Explain the following lines:
“Then love-devouring death do what he dare

It is enough I may but call her mine.”
(Lines 7-8) – Romeo is not fearful of the future. In the marriage with Juliet, he believes that it is just enough for him. He doesn’t care about the misfortune might come. He just wants to get married and doesn’t care about what the consequences might come. He loves her and doesn’t matter about the death.

3. What is the Friar’s warning in the lines:
“These violent delights have violent ends

And in their triumph die like fire and powder,

Which, as they kiss, consume.”
(Lines 9-10) – Friar wants Romeo to be aware of the dangers of lust and temptation. Romeo and Juliet fall in love even though their families hate each other. They both die at the end. It is like when you put power into fire which makes bigger flame just like Romeo meets Juliet, a fate, a kiss and they explode.

4. What is the Friar’s advice to Romeo in the following lines?

“Therefore love moderately: long love doth so:

Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.”
(Lines 14-15) – Friar’s advice to Romeo in the following lines is the truly holy view of Friar about the marriage. It is not something to joke about. He advices that Romeo has to take your time in love, love is truly in the heart. Take it seriously or just don’t love at all.


ACT TWO – scene v.

May 5, 2010

Scene 5

  1. What time of day is it? It is 9 o’clock at the morning. “The clock struck nine when I did send the nurse”.
  2. How long has the Nurse been gone on her errand to Romeo? The Nurse has been gone on her errand to Romeo for 3 hours, Juliet sends her at 9 and the Nurse returns at 12.
  3. Quote the lines which show Juliet’s impatience.

” Perchance she cannot meet him. That’s not so.” (Lines 3-4)

“Which ten times faster glide than the sun’s beam.” (Line 5 )

“Of this day’s journey, from nine to twelve. Is three long hours, yet she is not come” (Lines 10-11)

“Unwieldy, slow, heavy and pale as lead” (Line 17)


ACT TWO – scene iv

May 4, 2010
  1. What is the letter that Tybalt sent to Romeo’s father? The letter that Tybalt sent to Romeo’s father is to challenging him a duel.
  2. How does Benvolio mean that Romeo will answer the letter? At the beginning, Benvolio tells Mercutio that “Romeo didn’t come home last night” so the letter is still unread and Romeo has to decide that whether he takes the duel with Tybalt or not.
  3. What does Mercutio mean when he says, “Alas, poor Romeo, he is already dead!” Mercutio means that Romeo has fallen in love with Juliet and she has a power that takes control over him. Romeo is hopelessly in love. He imagines Romeo as incapacitated by his love for Juliet so is he able to take Tybalt’s challenge.
  4. List the traits which Mercutio attributes to Tybalt in his description to Benvolio. – Mercutio describes Tybalt as : Top Cat, fight like sing in close harmony, duellist, top ranker.
  5. According to Romeo, what sort of youth is Mercutio? Quote the lines which support your answer. – Mercutio is a friend of Romeo, he is not in either the Montague or Capulet. He always support Romeo and being marry-making.

…to lead into a fool’s paradise.
It is when Nurse says to Romeo that he leads Juliet into a fool’s paradise. Which simply means that these young people still have an airy-fairy look about life. They think everything seems rosy even though that everything is falling apart. They being blind to realize the reality, reject the truth that is in front of their eyes.

Which message does Romeo give the nurse in the following lines:

“Bid her devise,Some means to come to shrift this afternoon,
And there she shall at Friar Laurence’ cell
Be shrived and married.”
(Lines 169-172) –
The message that Romeo gives the Nurse is tell Juliet to come to the church this afternoon. She can both make her confession and be married with him.


ACT TWO – scene iii

May 4, 2010

Scene 3

  1. What does Friar Laurence mean when he says to Romeo, “Young men’s love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes? Friar Laurence basically means that the young people don’t take love seriously. Everything is depend on what they see. They desire the looking than the personalities. This state of mind usually changes by ages, that’s why Friar Laurence calls it “young men’s love”. That is because when Romeo tells Friar Laurence that he loves Juliet but the night before he thought that he still in love with Rosaline.
  2. Friar Laurence agrees to perform the marriage ceremony for Romeo and Juliet for what reason? Friar Laurence agrees to perform the marriage ceremony for Romeo and Juliet because he thinks that this marriage can turning the enmity between two households in to real love and the end of the feud.
  3. What is the meaning of the following passages? Paraphrase in modern English.
  4. “With Rosaline, my ghostly father? No.
    I have forgot that name and that name’s woe.” (Lines 46-46)
    – With Rosaline, Father? No. I’ve forgotten that name and the suffering it caused me. It means that he doesn’t want Laurence to remind him of Rosaline, because he is just get rid of her, forget her name and her woe.
  5. “Young men’s love then lies
    Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.” (Lines 67-68)- “
    Young men love with their eyes, not truly in their hearts” – Friar Laurence means that young people are falling in love impulsively, too rush and unadvised. Young men desire in the beauty and don’t bother about the personalities. Young men are immature, they see and love the women by the eyes ( looking) but not truly in their hearts.

6.”Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast.” (Line 94)- He wants Romeo to be aware of his actions. He is too rush to change his mind about the person he loves and what he does. He will be fall for it.


ACT TWO – scene ii

May 4, 2010

Scene 2

  1. What time is it when Juliet appears at her window? Quote the lines which support your answer. Juliet appears at her window at the night time.  “arise fair sun and kill the envious moon” ( line 4)
  2. When Juliet appears on her balcony, what does Romeo compare her to? When Juliet appears on her balcony, Romeo compares her to the sun, which is alike her beauty that way more prettier than the silly moon. Romeo also compares Juliet to a bright angel.
  3. What does Juliet deplore in the following line?
    “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? – Juliet asks herself that “Romeo, why you must be Romeo?” in an allusion between the feud of the Montague and Capulet.
  4. “What does she wish Romeo to do in this line?

“Deny thy father and refuse thy name.”-  Juliet wishes that Romeo would disobey his father, reject the name of the Montague so they can be together.

5. Who says the following? What is meant? Give the numbers of the lines.

  • “O that I were a glove upon that hand,
    That I might touch that cheek.”
    (Lines 24)  – When Romeo secrectly watches Juliet, he loves the way that she leans her cheek upon her hands and “ If I were a glove upon that hand, so I could touch that cheek”.
  • What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet.” (Lines 42-43) After Juliet finds out which family he belongs to , the Montague that she has hated for her whole life. She already loves him though, she says that no matter where he belongs to ( Montague) and she loves him because of who he is.
  • “…Look thou but sweet,
    And I am proof against their enmity.”
    (Lines 72-73 )
    – When Juliet tells Romeo that if her family know about this, they would kill Romeo. He answers that “One sweet look from you could stop them from hating me”. What Romeo really means is the important of eye-contact from Juliet that he is afraid of her unfriendly look but a sweetlook from Juliet could protect him from her family.
  • “I have no joy of this contract tonight.
    It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden;
    Too like the lightning…” (Lines 116-118 )
    The contract in these lines is the exchange promise of love between Romeo and Juliet. Juliet is nervous with this declaration. She thinks that this is too impulsive, too rash, too unadvised and too sudden like the lightning.

ACT II, scene i

May 3, 2010


  • cunning: showing inventiveness and skill.
  • vile: morally reprehensible.
  • predominant: having a superior influence or the most frequent and common.
  • unwieldy: lack of grace in moment or hard to manipulate.

Scene 1

i.Briefly sum up what takes place in this scene. This scene takes place by the wall of Capulet’s orchard. Romeo sneaks into the garden to see Juliet.  Mercutio and Bevolio are looking for the lost companion. They haven’t known that he has fallen with love with Juliet yet. Mercutio beckons Romeo by joking about the beauty of Rosaline. Then Benvolio persuades Mercutio to leave and left Romeo alone.

ii.What does Mercutio say about “blind love”? Mercutio says that “ If love is blind, love cannot find its way”.