Romeo and Juliet

Act II

Presentation

Trace the progress of love in the balcony scene.  Each lover wonders about the other and privately expresses admiration.  Romeo is willing to change his name if it is an obstacle to love.  Juliet fears for his safety and fears Romeo will think her too easily won.  His vows reassure her, and she speaks her own heart. He promises to send word of wedding arrangements.  They linger over the "sweet sorrow" of parting.

Point out lines that show Romeo and Juliet love each other spiritually (in keeping with the Renaissance idea of adoration and devotion) and long to be together, "forgetting any other home but this."  Give two good reasons why Juliet speaks soon of marriage.