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What views of love are expressed in act 2, scene 2 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

In act 2, scene 2 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, love is expressed through patience. On numerous occasions in the scene, Juliet counsels Romeo to be patient. She is constantly interrupting him, trying to keep him a message. To know if this is real, she is saying, they must be patient.

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When Romeo and Juliet meet near the Capulet's balcony in act 2, scene 2, there are numerous different ways in which love is expressed. There is, of course, lust. There is always an undercurrent of lust in Shakespeare’s plays, and sometimes it is more overt than others, as when Romeo asks Juliet, “Wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?” But scholars have also noted it could simply mean that Romeo wants not a physical expression of love but merely a word from Juliet that his heart his hers as well. Even if there is more of a physical aspect to Romeo leaving unsatisfied, he will have to wait. In that sense, the love in this scene is more Biblical, as taken from the famous Corinthians passage: it is patient.

Much of the scene has Juliet flirting with Romeo, trying to steer him away from both his baser instincts and his more poetic side. She is trying to keep his love grounded while honoring her own feelings as best as she can. At the same time, she wants to be sure he really loves her back.

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