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Based on dialogue in Act 2, Scene 2, and the nature of Romeo and Juliet, who is more...

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charan5 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 27, 2013 at 11:56 PM via web

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Based on dialogue in Act 2, Scene 2, and the nature of Romeo and Juliet, who is more genuinely in love in Romeo and Juliet?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 29, 2013 at 4:27 PM (Answer #1)

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Romeo and Juliet are both deeply in love, but you might suggest that Romeo is more forceful since he came to Juliet, whereas Juliet just thought about Romeo.

Romeo is deeply infatuated with Juliet.  In fact, he comes to see her (or possibly stare at her), risking his life to come over the wall in the Capulet orchard.  He then proceeds to explain why the moon is jealous of her.  He is so desperate for her touch that he wishes himself to be the glove on her hand.

Romeo does not seem to have come to talk to Juliet.  When she speaks, he is hesitant to answer.  Then he realizes she does not know he is there, so she cannot possibly be talking to him.

I am too bold; 'tis not to me she speaks.

Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,(15)

Having some business, do entreat her eyes

To twinkle in their spheres till they return. (Act 2, Scene 2, p. 38)

Romeo finally cannot take it anymore, and he jumps in and talks to her.

Juliet is also in love with Romeo.  One difference is that Romeo is not overly concerned that Juliet is a Capulet, but Juliet has to overcome this.  When she thinks about Romeo, she has to cope with the fact that he is her enemy.  In the end, she decides it is not really that important.

So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,

Retain that dear perfection which he owes

Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name;

And for that name, which is no part of thee,(50)

Take all myself. (Act 2, Scene 2, p. 39)

Romeo and Juliet finally interact, and agree to be married.  This is a hasty marriage, but they love each other and each is convinced that the other is the only possible match.  They are not concerned with the family feud.  In the end, they are equally in love.

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