Act II, Scenes 1 and 2: Summary and Analysis
Act II begins with another Prologue in the form of a sonnet which provides the audience with a preview of what is to come. It states that the shallow love that Romeo had for Rosaline has been replaced with love for Juliet. “Alike bewitched by the charm of looks” expresses that both Romeo and Juliet are mutually attracted to one another. His feelings are returned and “passion lends them power.”
Scene 1 takes place outside the walls of Lord Capulet’s house. Romeo feels that he cannot leave because his heart remains where Juliet lives, and he climbs over the wall into the orchard. Romeo’s friends, who do not know of Romeo’s new love, call for him and try to entreat him to come...
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