What is the rising action in Act 2 of "Romeo and Juliet"?would it be that part where Romeo goes up to Juliet's balcony and also when they get married...????? is this right? are these the rising...

What is the rising action in Act 2 of "Romeo and Juliet"?

would it be that part where Romeo goes up to Juliet's balcony and also when they get married...????? is this right? are these the rising actions??

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hgarey71 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Rising action refers to the conflict or problems in the story/play that will lead up to the climax, or turning point of the story. In Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, the rising action includes the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets. That is very important because if the families weren't feuding, their relationship wouldn't have been a problem. They were both of the same class—both from noble families.

The exposition of the play is the introduction to the feud that occurs in the streets between the servants, and the subsequent introduction to the main characters. Juliet's possible engagement to Paris is part of the exposition. Romeo's pining for Rosaline is also part of the exposition.

The rising action is pretty well spelled out in the prologue to act 2:

Now old desire doth in his deathbed lie,
And young affection gapes to be his heir.
That fair for which love groaned for and would die
With tender Juliet matched, is now not fair.
Now Romeo is beloved and loves again,
Alike bewitchèd by the charm of looks,
But to his foe supposed he must complain,
And she steal love’s sweet bait from fearful hooks.
Being held a foe, he may not have access
To breathe such vows as lovers use to swear.
And she as much in love, her means much less
To meet her new beloved anywhere.
But passion lends them power, time means, to meet,
Tempering extremities with extreme sweet.
This describes Romeo's love for Rosaline dying when he meets Juliet at the party. Romeo's friends sneak him into the Capulets' party to cheer him up because they're tired of his moping. He and Juliet experience love at first sight. When the two strangers meet and realize that their families are enemies, the rising action begins. It continues through the two sneaking around to be together, as occurs in the famous balcony scene of act 2, scene 2, and throughout the secret marriage that Friar Lawrence officiates.
favoritethings eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The rising action begins in Act 1, scene 5, when Juliet meets Romeo at her father's party. It continues when Romeo leaves the company of his friends after the party and climbs the wall into the garden under Juliet's balcony, when Romeo convinces Friar Lawrence to marry the young couple (despite the seeming intensity of Romeo's recent "love" for Rosaline), when Romeo gives his message to the Nurse and the Nurse reports back to Juliet, and when he and Juliet get married. In other words, the rising action includes everything leading up to the moment when Tybalt kills Romeo's best friend, Mercutio, and then Romeo kills Tybalt, in Act 3, scene 1. This event, when Romeo slays Tybalt, resulting in his own banishment from Verona, is the climax of the play.

dneshan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The rising action is the point in which the complications are added to the conflict which is originally brought about in the exposition.  In the case of a Shakespeare play, the rising action is usually all of the events that take place in Act 2.  In "Romeo and Juliet", it is the events in Act 2 from the balcony scene to the Nurse's search for Romeo's response to Juliet's proposal to the marriage of the two at the end of the act that makes up the rising action.  The climax then occurs in Act 3.