What is the dramatic purpose of act 2, scene 6 in Romeo and Juliet?

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bmadnick eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Scene 6 begins with Friar Laurence and Romeo waiting for Juliet in the Friar's cell so he can marry the couple. The Friar cautions Romeo to "Love moderately" when Romeo ardently expresses his love for Juliet, showing Romeo is guided by his emotions only. When Juliet arrives, she and Romeo express their love to each other, and then the Friar marries them. The dramatic effect of this scene is to bring to a conclusion the meeting of Romeo and Juliet at the party, the balcony scene where they tell each other of their love, and the plans they make for marriage. It shows how impatient they both are since they marry less than twenty-four hours after they first meet. The marriage intensifies the conflict of the two children of feuding families falling in love and getting married. They have gone behind their parents' backs and married without their approval. The fact that they are now married makes everything more serious because they can't take it back.

foxclaw | Student

The dramatic purpose of act 2 scene 6 is to announce to the audience the marriage of the lovers and to close the act with outward success overshadowed by omens of impending catastrophe.