Can someone give me a detailed analysis of Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, Scene 2, lines 33-49 (Juliet's speech)?Mabye look at the way the audience would react, the thoughts and feelings the characters...

Can someone give me a detailed analysis of Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, Scene 2, lines 33-49 (Juliet's speech)?

Mabye look at the way the audience would react, the thoughts and feelings the characters express and the ways other characters react to them. What makes the relationship so moving? Also you could try to analyse the lines within the wider context of the play as a whole.

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In Romeo and Juliet, Act two, Scene two, Juliet makes a speech that reveals her reaction to learning that Romeo is a Montague. Juliet is wise enough to realize that a name is just a name. She even suggests that she will give up her Capulet name. Juliet is wiser than her own parents. She has real insight into things that do not matter. She realizes that people are just people. She has no ill will toward the Montagues based merely on a name. 

In order to be together, Juliet desires for Romeo to deny his father's name. She will do so likewise. What is in a name? Juliet asks a great question. She also realizes that Romeo is not her enemy, just his name:

'Tis but thy name that is my enemy.(40) 
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague. 
What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot, 
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part 
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name! 
What's in a name? That which we call a rose(45) 
By any other name would smell as sweet. 
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.

Juliet is asking Romeo to take off his name. She is asking him to remove his name. She desires to be with Romeo. She realizes his name can keep them apart forever. She is willing to forget that she is herself a Capulet. That is how much love she has for Romeo.    

Clearly, two prejudiced families have placed too much emphasis on a name. They have become enemies based on a name. They do not even know one another personally. They make assumptions based on a name. Even at her young age, Juliet realizes how foolish this is. In fact, she states that a rose by any other name is just as sweet. She is indicating that Romeo is perfection without a title. 

Truly, The Montagues and Capulets have learned to hate one another based on a name. Romeo and Juliet were strangers when they met. They were not enemies until they learned one another's names. Juliet has great insight. She looks beyond feuds and names. If only the older generation could have had the same insight, then perhaps their children would have lived to have long, prosperous lives together.    

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