Act 2, Scene 2 Notes from Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet Act 2, Scene 2

Romeo is in the Capulet orchard and sees Juliet come out onto her balcony. He watches her and starts to speak with her. They proclaim their love for each other here. Juliet is willing to denounce her family name to be with him: "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." Act 2, Scene 2, lines 33-6

Topic Tracking: Love 4

They go into a long discourse about names and how they are nothing more than words. The fact that she is a Capulet by name and he is a Montague by name should not affect their love for each other like it does.

"'Tis but thy name that is my enemy.
Thou art thyself, thou not a Montague.
What's Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet."
Act 2, Scene 2, lines 38-44

Topic Tracking: Misery 4

Romeo and Juliet quickly agree to marry the next day at nine o'clock. The Nurse calls for Juliet and she has to go. They say goodbye to each other for the night and exit.

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