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ROMEO AND JULIET: ACT 2 In 50?100 of your own words, summarise the events of Act 2.

In this act Romeo is too much in love with Juliet to leave with his friends. He hides from them in the orchard. Juliet is unaware that Romeo is standing in the darkness of the garden below her, declares her love for him. Romeo then reveals his presence and declares his love for her. Romeo and Juliet promise to get married. Juliet realizes that everything is happening to quickly, and that their situation is dangerous so they decide to get married secretly. Romeo goes to Friar Laurence to ask for help. Friar promises to marry them because he believes it might end the fight between the two families. The Nurse and Romeo make arrangements for the marriage that will take place at Friar Laurence's cell that afternoon. Romeo and Juliet meet at Friar Laurence's cell to get married.

ROMEO Act 2, Scene 2: Explain Romeo's comments on Juliet at her appearance. What images of lightness and darkness are used? Romeo uses a number images in which themes of darkness and lightness are evident to describe Juliet's appearance. E.g. (a) "It is the east, and Juliet is the sun." (b) "Arise, fair sun and kill the envious moon." (c) "As daylight doth lamp. Her eyes in Heaven would through the airy region stream so bright that birds would sing and think it were not night." Act 2, Scene 6: These lines were said from Romeo to Friar Laurence. Translate them into your own words: "Do thou but close our hands with holy words, Then love?devouring death do what he dare ?It is enough I may but call her mine." " Marry us with the words of the marriage service even if this marriage will cause death later on it doesn't matter to me because I had the honor to call Juliet mine." THE NURSE Act 2, Scene 4: What does the Nurse think of Romeo when she meets him on the street? Use a quote in your answer. The Nurse thinks that Romeo will be unloyal to Juliet. " But first let me tell ye, if ye should lead her in a fools paradise Act 2, Scene 5: Why doesn't the Nurse tell Juliet of the arrangements right away? The Nurse doesn't tell Juliet right away because the nurse is puffed out and can't get the words out of her mouth.

FRIAR LAURENCE Act 2, Scene 3: What does Friar Laurence think of Romeo's love and why does he agree to help anyway? Friar thinks that Romeo is making a blind mistake that his love for Juliet is deeply felt in the heart but in the eyes. Friar also believes that Romeo and Juliet's marriage will unite the two troubled families.

Act 2, Scene 3: Friar Laurence ends this scene ends with a proverb about the dangers of haste. Find it and copy it out. He says " Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast." Act 2, Scene 3: What do you think of the Friar's actions in this scene? Should he have acted any differently? Why/why not? No, he shouldn't of acted differently because (a) He warned Romeo of the consequences that the marriage holds. (b) He tried to persuade Romeo that he does not love Juliet for who she is but to what he sees. (c) Friar Laurence believes that this love will bring an end to the family feud JULIET Act 2, Scene 2: Read Juliet's speech (lines 104?108) again. Do you agree that she should have been "more strange"? Yes, Juliet should have been more strange as it gives an impression that she is cheap and gives her love away too freely. She should of played hard to get. On the other hand she was unaware of Romeo's present but she should still learn to keep her inner feelings to her self because you don't know who could hear especially if she is expressing her love to a Montague.

WHO SAID THAT? Copy these quotes, and. write who said them and what they mean.

"Stony limits cannot hold love out." (Scene 2) Juliet: It means not even a wall can hold our love apart.

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." (Scene 2) - "These violent delights have violent ends." (Scene 6) Friar: Friar Laurence is warning Romeo against immoderate behavior. Romeo has made a declaration that once he can call Juliet his wife, death may end all.

"Young men's love lies not truly in their hearts but in their eyes." (Scene 3) Friar: Friar means that young men don't fall in love in the heart. They fall in love for with what they see.

"This alliance may so happy prove to turn your household's rancour to pure love." (Scene 3) Friar: Friar means that this marriage may unite the two hatred families.

"Lord how my head aches. What a head have I." (Scene 5) -

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