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How Does Shakespeare Make the Balcony Scene (Act 2, Scene 2) Such a Powerful and Dramatic Scene in Romeo and Juliet?

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How does Shakespeare make the balcony scene (Act 2, Scene 2) such a powerful and dramatic scene in Romeo and Juliet?

Shakespeare creates such a powerful and dramatic balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet by using powerful language that will give the audience a deep impression in this scene. The plot of this scene fits into the play as a whole, because the scene is all about Romeo and Juliet confessing their love to each other. The play fits into the tragedy genre because fate had decided that Romeo and Juliet fall in love with each other even though their families hate each other. Because it is set in the Elizabethan times in Verona and so the society is still a male dominated time and there are also arranged marriages, this is one of the main obstacles for Romeo and Juliet. Religion also played an important role in this play. Because Verona is in Italy and will therefore have a very traditional view on things, but even friar Lawrence helped the couple meaning that they are destined to be together.
The setting of this scene creates suspense because it is a Sunday night, and darkness with the moon is usually associated with danger and mysterious. The audience will fear tense because Romeo went to see Juliet and he cannot be seen by anyone. But when Romeo and Juliet confess their love, the audience would feel tense and romantic. The quote ‘it is the east, and Juliet is the sun, Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,’ .This shows that the danger he is in is nothing as long as Juliet is there.
This scene gives the audience such a deep impression, is because the way the two characters, Romeo and Juliet, acted towards each other. During the Elizabethan times it is not normal to arrange marriage without the presence of their parents. For Romeo and Juliet it is probably one of their big obstacles because they have to take an extra step forward to be together, but this tells us how much they love each other because they would take any risks to be with each other....


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