In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, what does Romeo say that Juliet's love has done to him?

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In William Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet," Romeo Montague speaks throughout act 2, scene 2 about how love changes him. Romeo believes that love makes him more open to change, more bold, and more willing to take risks.

In this famous balcony scene, Romeo says to Juliet, "Call me but love, and I"ll be new baptized; / Henceforth I never will be Romeo" (lines 898-899). Love makes him willing to drastically change and take up a new name and identity. Juliet, surprised by his presence in her guarded family compound, worries for his safety on enemy grounds. She asks him how he made it over the walls surrounding her household, and tells him he will surely be killed if the Capulet's guards find him. Romeo tells her that love allows him to scale walls and it is so powerful that it can resist danger:


With love's light wings did I o'er-perch these walls;
For stony limits cannot hold love out,
And what love can do that dares love attempt;
Therefore thy kinsmen are no let to me. (act 2, scene 2, lines...

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