In Act II, Scenes 5-6 of Romeo and Juliet, what similar character traits do you see revealed in Juliet that are echoed in Romeo?

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Act 2, scene 5, we see Juliet rely on a mentor and have an anxious love-sick approach to discussion just like Romeo did. Romeo relied on the Friar as a person he could go to about things he couldn't tell his parents. He was also anticipating being with Juliet and had an excited nervousness that only comes with young love.

By scene 6, references to joy and love abound. Romeo specifically mentions as Juliet has before that he is ready for the consequences of being with her. He just wants to get this marriage done so they can move on and do whatever they will afterwards... maybe neither of them have thought through what will be the aftermath, but both have the anxious desire to get the wedding done.

bmadnick eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Scene 5, Juliet is waiting for the Nurse to return with Romeo's instructions about the marriage ceremony. In this scene, Juliet shows great impatience waiting for the Nurse, and then when the Nurse arrives, Juliet is breathless trying to get the information out of her. Juliet also reflects Romeo's haste in agreeing to marry him after knowing him for only a few hours.

In Scene 6, Romeo mirrors Juliet's impatience in waiting for her to arrive at Friar Laurence's cell. He is also hasty, plunging into the marriage without once thinking about the consequences. Friar Laurence cautions Romeo to "Love moderately, long love doth so, Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow."

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