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In Act II.ii of Romeo and Juliet, how do their attitudes to marriage differ? I know that they fall for first sight love and know they get married within 24 hours through other enotes. But i need to show evidence of when and who thinks of marriage.

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In Act II, scene ii Romeo and Juliet decide to marry. They use words like contract, swear, and vow to foreshadow "thy purpose marriage" by the end of the scene. Juliet in her cautious nature says to Romeo about the thought of such a commitment:

Well, do not swear. Although I joy in thee,
I have no joy of this contract to-night.
It is too rash, too unadvis'd, too sudden;

Essentially Juliet is saying that this is too quick. It is advisable in a relationship to spend a little bit more time getting to know someone.

Then Romeo whines about being unsatisfied. This shows his attitude, he wants it now, now, now! This is just like a 4 ot 5 year old wanting a toy. This also shows Romeo's impulsive nature. Romeo states that he just wants Juliet's vow of love. She then expresses:

I gave thee mine before thou didst request it;
And yet I would it were to give again.

So even though Juliet knows in her head some ideas why their relationship would not work, she is easily persuaded to join Romeo's attitude of getting this relationship off the ground and running right away.

Finally Juliet offers him the chance to make plans for a marriage in these words:

If that thy bent of love be honourable,
Thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow,(150)
By one that I'll procure to come to thee,

Romeo complies immediately by going straight to the Friar's cell.

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