Favorite scene in Romeo and Juliet? What is your favorite scene in Romeo and Juliet?

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I always admired the way in which Shakespeare created the structural climax of this play in Act 3, scene 1.  It's amazing how the circumstances of the play go from being so joyous (Romeo and Juliet are married between Acts 2 and 3) to so tragic (Tybalt kills Mercutio and Romeo kills Tybalt) in such a short period of time.  It's obviously a sad turn of events, but sadness is what makes so many of Shakespeare's plays so wonderful. 

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I would have to agree that the balcony scene seems an easy (almost cliche) choice here. However, in my mind, no other scene from this play better captures the power, skills, and allure of Shakespeare. We see the use of irony, contrasts, figurative language, pun, etc. all expertly woven together to express one of the most elemental human experiences in a way most readers find captivating, fresh, and unique regardless of how far removed they may be from the scene's writing.

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For the reader who has appreciation of the poetic nature of Romeo and Juliet, there is no better passage than Act II, Scene 2 in its beautiful light/dark imagery:

How many are not familiar with these lines?

But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?

It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!'Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,

Who is already sick and pale with grief

That thou her maid art far more fair than she.

And, how quintessentially romantic are these lines?

See how she leans her cheek upon her hand!

Oh, that I were a glove upon that hand

That I might touch that cheek.

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My favorite without a doubt is Act II, Scene 4.  I think it is the immature male in me, but all the bad puns (many of which are sexual) really make me laugh.  I also remember them fondly because we threw them in the face of my 12th Grade English teacher who criticized us for being crude and crass in comparison to the cultured people of Shakespeare's day.

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With Romeo and Juliet you have three options: humor, action, or romance.

Which do you like the best?

Humor: (Almost any scene with the nurse or Mercutio - but I also think it is pretty funny when the Friar tells Romeo he's acting like a woman.)
Act 1, Scene 1
Act 2, Scene 5

Action: (All the sword...

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