Revelation of TruthWould anyone else consider the scene where Juliet finds out that Romeo is a Montague a revelation of truth?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This scene from the end of Act I, Scene 6 seems to be a revelation of truth about Juliet, rather than to Juliet.  For, when Juliet declares,

My only love sprung from my only hate!

Too early seen unknown, and known too late!

Prodigious birth of love it is to me,

That I must love a loathed enemy,

she implies that the situation is out of her control--she is the "star-crossed lover" of the Prologue--as she declares that it is too late.  And, although the love is "prodigious," or monstrous and unnatural, she must love her enemy because she is fated to do so.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with the scarletpimpernel on this one - this scene is, of course, a very important one in the because Romeo and Juliet have already fallen in love, and is an excellent example of dramatic irony, as we know as the audience both of their identities, but the title a "Revelation of Truth" seems somewhat grand when there are other, more vital and important truths that are revealed in the play, such as Juliet's discovery that it was Romeo that killed her cousin Tybalt and, of course, the tragic miscommunication that gives us the tragedy at the end of the play.

copelmat eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Yes, this scene would certainly qualify. Any of the elements of dramatic irony could be considered "revelations of truth" because the audience is already aware of what the characters are just learning themselves.

Others might include the Nurse informing Juliet of Romeo's marriage intentions or Lord Capulet's comment that his wedding guests will now be funeral guests.

scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The scene is a revelation of truth but not as significant a one as Juliet's waking up in the tomb and finding Romeo dead beside her.  The scene that you mentioned is important to the play's rising action and sets the stage for the fight between Tybalt and Romeo.

sl1982 | Student

that's just wonderful...  loure someone in making them think they are going to have their love down on their knee asking her to marry him, this is all terrible, really.  so confused.

sl1982 | Student

this is pretty sick, like everyone already has it planned out.  wouldn't one rather not know everything and just move on??  I WOULD.  thanks.  i mean there is nothing that juliet probably doesn't already know, so save the humiliation of romeo, he already told her he was embarassed by her and didnt want her to go out with him.  they wont work.  she doesnt love her enemy, how could you love an enemy?  this is all ridiculous.  i say juliet...say bye.  apparently your children are going to get killed as well, and so are you....just escape, you're already gone and it's too late anyway.  ugh. 

usmc2017 | Student

Okay, this scene may not be this biggest revelation of truth, however it can be seen as one right? I only ask because my friend and I can't decide on which parts in the play are "revelations of truth". Thanks for including the other truths.