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Romeo and Juliet: Secrecy

My Prezi for HDHS Romeo and Juliet Motif Project

Sam Taylor

on 12 April 2014

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Transcript of Romeo and Juliet: Secrecy

Shakespeare expresses secrecy throughout Romeo and Juliet's interactions. Their connection causes more trouble as they attempt to keep their love a secret. As an actor, I will express my secrecy by expressing love by hiding true emotion or feeling. This will be shown in the first person image of Juliet through a pair of sunglasses.
Where for art thou Romeo?
Monday, February 17, 2014
Sam Taylor

Quote and Commentary 1:
Benvolio-In love?
Benvolio-Of love?
Romeo-Out of her favour where I am in love.
Act I Scene I Lines 159-162
Page 10

Quote and Commentary 2
Quote and Commentary 3
Quote and Commentary 5
Quote and Commentary 4

Nurse-Marry, bachelor, her mother is the lady of the house.

Romeo-Is she a Capulet?

Act I Scene V Lines 112-113, 117
Page 29

Juliet’s identity is no more a secret due to the information spoken by the Nurse, as well as the knowledge Romeo holds to know Juliet is a Capulet from that information. This scene again proves secrecy is not as strong in the play in some parts as in others.

Benvolio-He ran this way and leapt this orchard wall. Call, good Mercutio.

Act II Scene I Lines 5-6
Page 32


Romeo’s silence and hidden location is broke when he speaks out towards Juliet up in the balcony. This scene is famously known as “The Balcony Scene.” For the first time, secrecy is held successfully.

Romeo does not hide his emotions well because he confesses his love for a woman to Benvolio, therefor showing an early sign of having struggles containing secrecy for Romeo. Love can be both contained or told, but it is up to the figure to determine what they want to do.

Mercutio-Nay, I’ll conjure too.

Romeo! humours! madman! passion! lover!

Appear thou in the likeness of a sigh,

Speak but one rhyme, and I am satisfied.

Act II Scene I Lines 7-10
Page 32

Romeo and Juliet: Secrecy
Quote and Commentary 6

Friar Lawrence-Come, come with me, and we will make short work,

For by your leaves, you shall not stay alone

Till Holy Church incorporate two in one.

Act II Scene VI Lines 35-37

Page 57

Romeo’s location is no longer a secret because Benvolio saw him run to where he is now. Even though he is hiding from them, they know he is somewhere in the area. Secrecy is very weak at this point, but throughout the play, it becomes stronger and greater.

The conversation between Mercutio and Benvolio is no longer a secret because of Romeo’s presence under the lights. He secretly listens to their conversation, therefore no longer it being a secret conversation, once again proving secrecy is not strong in Romeo and Juliet.

Juliet appears aloft as at a window

Romeo-It is my lady, O it is my love:

O that she knew she were!

Act II Scene II Lines 10-12 including analog
Page 34

Quote and Commentary 7
The marriage of Romeo and Juliet is one of the largest secrecy key factors within this entire play because of the bitter hatred between the two family houses. By keeping their marriage a secret, they put their family friendships, futures, and lives in risk. Whether secrecy is held or not continuously changes throughout the play. In some parts, secrecy is held very well, and in others, not so much.

Juliet-Romeo, Romeo, Romeo! Here’s drink- I drink to thee.

Juliet falls upon her bed, within the curtains

Act IV Scene IV Line 58
Page 97

Juliet’s faked death shows a great deal of secrecy because she is hiding her life, her love for Romeo, and herself from all of humanity. If she were not to have faked her death, the next day would have been the marriage to Paris. She drinks the potion to fake her death to make sure she can stay with Romeo and not marry Paris. This scene helps the viewer understand when things become more dangerous, embarrassing, or difficult, secrets are held better.
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