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In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, act 2, scene 2, lines 35–65, what is the significance of Juliet's play upon the meaninglessness of one's name?

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Despite her relative youth and immaturity, Juliet is still old enough and wise enough to know that love, of its very nature, is transcendent, however many petty restrictions society tries to place upon its expression. One such social restriction is the prohibition on love between men and women from rival families. Romeo and Juliet love each other dearly, despite the fact that their respective families have engaged in a long and bitter feud for what seems like an eternity. Their love transcends this pointless conflict, yet is brought back down to earth at every turn by the harsh realities of dynastic politics.

Impetuous and immature she may be, but Juliet also seems to recognize that neither she nor Romeo can simply shed their...

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