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Romeo and Juliet's Analysis of 3.2.69-137

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Romeo and Juliet, 3.2.69-137
I. QUESTIONS
Juliet’s speech (1-34) begins with a reference to Phoebus (1-4) (designating Helios (god of the sun) and his son Phaëton (who in the myth, failed to control the “fiery-footed steeds” and almost led to the destruction of the earth). Juliet’s eagerness is paralleled with this wildly and uncontrolable sun-chariot. Follows Juliet’s imagination of the “love-performing night”. The idea that beauty creates its own light is conjured up by Juliet :
“8 Lovers can see to do their amorous rites
Juliet’s eagerness to see night falling is emphasized by the next lines, with a note of eroticism:
“ 10 Come, civil night, (...)
Juliet’s desire is again accentuated by lines 14-17. A series of contrast (lines 18-25) is then found, comparing Romeo’s whiteness to the deep black of the night.
Juliet’s love for Romeo is compared with a mansion that she would have bought but not possessed (l. 26-27), Romeo doesn’t really “belong” to her (as marriage would normally allow). Juliet’s frame of mind is eventually compared, in the last lines of her speech, to the one of an impatient child :
The nurse then enters, bringing the rope ladder (to enable Romeo to climb). Then begins the confusing discourse of the nurse, that doesn’t really fulfil Juliet’s expectations, delivering exclamations rather than explanations. Juliet is just waiting for a simple answer that would relieve or “kill” her but the nurse has been too shocked by what she saw to give her this simple answer. This leads Juliet to believe Romeo killed himself.
2) Act 3 scene 2 parallels with an other scene, the scene 4 from act 2. Indeed, the two scenes share the same narrative structure : Juliet is waiting (impatiently) for Romeo to come, and the nurse is again unable (or in act 2 scene 4, unwilling) to tell Juliet the news she’s bringing right away. There is one major difference though, as in the act 2 scene 4, joyful news (Romeo’s marriage with Juliet) are to be...

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