The Changing Moods and Feelings of Romeo and Juliet in Act 2 Scene 2

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The Changing Moods and Feelings of Romeo and Juliet in Act 2 Scene 2 Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Scene 2 is known more famously as the balcony scene. The significance of Act 2 Scene 2 is to convey Romeo and Juliet's love for each other, but the fact they cannot touch symbolises that because of the flares and tensions between the two families they come from (Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet). They will never be able to join each other and get married happily, without having to run away and leave all their families and friends and livelihoods behind. In lines 1-9, Romeo is trying to distinguish himself from all the other Montague young men. His very first line 'He jests at scars that have never felt a wound' is a dismissive comment on Mercutio's joking about love. Just as someone who has never been wounded can joke about a soldier's battle scars, so someone who has never been in love finds it easy to joke about the sufferings of a person deeply in love. He goes on about how he is infatuated with Juliet; also he is hinting that love seems to have created pain for him. Though he only met Juliet several hours ago for the first time, he says: 'Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, who is already sick and pale with grief'. He seems to think of himself as the moon, which is being tormented so badly by the sun (Juliet and love symbolising the sun), that he wants the sun to kill him, as the grief of waiting is too much.
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