Romeo and Juliet- Balcony Scene

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The Balcony scene takes place in a private, secluded garden that is surrounded by walls. These walls are symbolic as they represent the barriers between Romeo and Juliet and they are high which represents the dangers they are facing by seeing each other against their families', the Montague's and Capulet's, wishes. The Balcony scene is not only very dramatic with many occurrences of love but also has indications of fate and what might happen in the future. Previously in the play he obviously loved Rosaline that had more a civilized love with her. But when they met the love between Romeo and Juliet was clearly very intense and emotional. This essay is not only focusing on how dramatic this scene was but will also cover the intensity of Romeo and Juliet's love. It will also cover why this is a tense scene and how it sets up the rest of the play.

There is also a certain amount of danger in the scene that is emphasised by Juliet warning Romeo.

The scene begins with Juliet out on her balcony talking to herself. Romeo below listening is not fully aware that he is in danger and could be caught at any minute. This does not only prove how love struck he is with Juliet but emphasises more tension in the scene. At this point he had completely forgotten his love for Rosaline that he originally had.

Originally Romeo obviously had a love for Rosaline but this was a more 'courtly' love. Rosaline's and Juliet's families set the marriage up as more of a business deal as they were both well off. Romeo was obviously not completely satisfied with the arrangement and did not get much of a say.

Based on Act 1 his love for Juliet was clearly more intense...