What types of things would Juliet say in this diary about Romeo?
After Romeo leaves her garden, Juliet cannot sleep. She makes an entry in her diary. She has sudden regrets...second thoughts about revealing her feelings so openly to Romeo.
--> Since in this time period women are precieved to be shy
and they are not suppose to reveal there feelings so quickly
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Many of Juliet's lines in the play suggest many of the ideas and even some of the phrasing that Juliet might use in such an entry.
Most of her questioning Romeo and his intentions comes in the famous balcony scene (Act ii, scene ii). Juliet states:
I have no joy of this contract to-night:
It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden;
Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be
Ere one can say 'It lightens.' Sweet, good night!
This bud of love, by summer's ripening breath,
May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.
Good night, good night! as sweet repose and rest
Come to thy heart as that within my breast!
Likewise, perhaps her best statement of her feelings for Romeo also comes from this same scene:
However, lines from later in the play might also provide some guidance. In scene ii of Act III, as Juliet awaits Romeo to join her for her wedding night, she states:
Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds,
Towards Phoebus' lodging: such a wagoner
As Phaethon would whip you to the west,
And bring in cloudy night immediately.
Spread thy close curtain, love-performing night,
That runaway's eyes may wink and Romeo
Leap to these arms, untalk'd of and unseen.
Lovers can see to do their amorous rites
By their own beauties; or, if love be blind,
It best agrees with night. Come, civil night,
Thou sober-suited matron, all in black,
And learn me how to lose a winning match,
Play'd for a pair of stainless maidenhoods:
Hood my unmann'd blood, bating in my cheeks,
With thy black mantle; till strange love, grown bold,
Think true love acted simple modesty.
Come, night; come, Romeo; come, thou day in night;
For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night
Whiter than new snow on a raven's back.
Come, gentle night, come, loving, black-brow'd night,
Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.
O, I have bought the mansion of a love,
But not possess'd it, and, though I am sold,
Not yet enjoy'd: so tedious is this day
As is the night before some festival
To an impatient child that hath new robes
And may not wear them.
I would guess that any diary entry would include such ideas and language.
Quotes that you could use as a basis for your journal entries:
- "You kiss by th' book." (I.v. 108) Meaning Romeo uses poetry and flowery words to get Juliet to kiss him.
- "My only love, sprung from my only hate!" (I.v.136) Meaning our families are in a vendetta.
- "Yet, if thou swear'st/Thou love mayst prove false." (II.ii.91-92) Meaning, Romeo is swearing that he loves her much too fast.
- "Swear not by the moon.../Lest that thy love prove likewise variable." (II.ii.109-111) Meaning that Romeo wants to swear by the moon, a fickle object. His love may prove fickle as well.
- "I have no joy of this contract tonight./It is too rash, too unadvis'd, too sudden;" (II.ii.118-119) Meaning exactly what your assignment is asking: Juliet has sworn her love much too quickly and regrets that she has done so.
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