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Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 2 Analysis

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Hank Chen

on 7 April 2014

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Transcript of Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 2 Analysis

Short Summary: Juliet is eagerly waiting for her husband, but the Nurse brings bad news.
Summary for Act 3, Scene 2
Short Introduction
Romeo and Juliet was published in 1597 by William Shakespeare about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. Composing of five acts, each act described a different situation in the story.
Juliet: spouse of Romeo
The daughter of Capulet and Lady Capulet. 
in this act:
-surprised wen hearing the news about Romeo fighting Tybalt
-confused, thought that Romeo was dead
-felt despair because she cannot see Romeo again
-also scared that Tybalt is killed
-tried to commit suicide
-later she knew he was banished
-a lot worse than Tybalt slained 1000 times

The Nurse:
Juliet’s nurse, the woman who breast-fed Juliet when she was a baby and has cared for Juliet her entire life. 
In this act:
-rushed in to tell the bad news aboutRomeo
-very distraught, stumbling over the words, revealing her personality
-moaned about Tybalt's death
-knows where Romeo is hiding, therefore Juliet gave her the ring to Romeo as a token of love

Act 3 scene 2
Literary devices
Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 2 Analysis
Long summary: Juliet longs for night to come, when Romeo will ''Leap to these arms untalk'd of and unseen.'' She is passionate in love, but the Nurse shatters her dreams with the confused reports of his death and banishment. Her heart is torn as she struggles to understand what the Nurse are saying. Eventually, she subsides into grief for the loss of her husband, and sends the Nurse to look for Romeo.
Similes :
-line 113- "But oh, it presses to my memory, Like damnèd guilty deeds to sinners' minds." Here Juliet is talking about that she is trying to forget about the new the nurse brings but her the news is sticking to her memory.
-line 76-"Beautiful Tyant, Fiend angelical!" A tyrant is an oppressive dictator who pays no heed to justice. Since tyrants oppress their people, tyrants cannot be considered beautiful. A fiend is the devil. The word angelical refers to an angel, or a very good and virtuous person. Therefore, a "fiend" cannot also be "angelical."
Allusion: lines 1-4

"Gallop apase, you fiery-footed steeds,
Toward Phoebus' lodging! Such a wagoner
As Phaeton would whip you to the West,
And bring in cloudy night immediately. "

Juliet is wishing for nightfall, when romeo is supposed to come to her room. Phoebus is the god whose chariot pulls the sun across the sky; Phaeton was his son, who lost control of the chariot when he drove too fast.
line 17- "Come, night, come, Romeo, come, thou day in night;
For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night
Whiter than new snow on a raven's back."
This metaphor contrasts Romeo's shining whiteness and the deep black of the night.

There are a lot of personification in Act 3 scene 2-
line 10-"Come, civil night, thou sober-suited matron, all in black." This line is not only personifying night because she is asking it to come as if it were something she could command, but also because she is referring to it as a mourning matron dressed all in black.

Questions after reading the scene...

Why did Juliet resigns to kill herself?
-Because Juliet thought that Romeo killed himself, so she’s really upset. She thought that she will never see Romeo again. This shows her deep feelings for Romeo, showing us that Juliet had fallen in love with him for real.

How does Juliet feel when she heard the death of Romeo?

As said before, because she loved Romeo, she’s surprised and despaired when she heard Romeo's death. She couldn't believe the news of Romeo’s death.

Why did Juliet give the ring to Romeo?
As said before, Juliet truly loved Romeo. Despite the fact that Romeo is hiding somewhere, she still wanted him to think of her. This shows us how unbreakable this relationship is.
In conclusion, Romeo was imprisoned in this scene, while Juliet was heartbroken, knowing that Romeo is banished.
This is the part called ''falling action''. Romeo is imprisoned; Juliet is heartbroken, and it will be even worse as the story continues.
The End
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Act 3, Scene 2
by Hank C, Austin Y, Monica.
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