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From act 2 scene 3 lines 45-90 of Romeo and Juliet, what does the language show about...

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lctanme | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted August 10, 2013 at 9:52 AM via web

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From act 2 scene 3 lines 45-90 of Romeo and Juliet, what does the language show about Romeo's character? 

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 10, 2013 at 11:08 PM (Answer #1)

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In this scene of Romeo's hastening to Friar Laurence's cell, he speaks in rhyme and riddles. His unrealistic grasp of things and his impetuosity are clearly evident in Act II, Scene 3, lines 45-90. When he greets the priest, he is almost giddy with excitement and has so quickly forgotten about Rosaline that he excitedly speaks in lines that puzzle the friar. For, when he first enters the cell of Friar Laurence, Romeo rushes in, telling the priest that he has been with his enemy, but for her he 

...bear[s] no hatred, blessed man, for, lo, 
My intercession likewise steads my foe. (2.3.54-55)

Friar Laurence is nonplussed, asking Romeo what change has occurred in him that his

...heart's dear love is set 
On the fair daughter of rich Capulet:
As mine on hers, so hers is set on mine (2.3.58-60)

Romeo is passionately in love with his foe and entreats the Friar to "consent to marry us today" after he has only known her one night.

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