What lines from Juliet's soliloquy (act 3-scene 2) show: joy, impatience, passion, innocence & her love for Romeo?Please include the line numbers :)

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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There are numerous lines showing Juliet's impatience. For example, in the first four lines of the soliloquy, Juliet is saying, "Night, hurry up and get here!" In lines 17, she urges night and Romeo to come, and in lines 20 and 21, she repeats this urging. In lines 28-31, she compares herself to "an impatient child" who has new clothes she is not allowed to wear until the festival begins. I think it would be fair to say that her impatience show her passion for Romeo.  If she had no passion, she would not care when or if he came to her!   

Juliet's praise of Romeo shows her passion and love,too.  In lines 22-25, she says that if he is cut into little stars, the "face of heaven," meaning the sky, will be so beautiful people will love the night and ignore the sun.

Juliet's innocence is demonstrated when she says in lines 26-28 that she has bought "the mansion of love, but not possessed it" or "enjoyed it." This is a metaphor, the mansion of love being marriage.  When Juliet says she hasn't possessed or enjoyed it, she means that the marriage has not been consummated, that she and Romeo have not had sex.

There are other examples of these qualities in the soliloquy, and if you read carefully, line by line, you will find them.  Try "translating" each statement into modern-day English as you go.  That will help you to see what Julliet is saying.

Good luck to you.

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