1.1 This is the first
time that Romeo
has seen Juliet
in the daylight
1.1.1 He is looking up at her, she appears
to be a source of light for him
126.96.36.199 "But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east
and Juliet is the sun. Arise fair moon and kill the envious moon"
188.8.131.52.1 The goddess of the moon is
Diana. The symbolism of the
184.108.40.206 "Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, do entreat her
2 Juliet is talking to herself, trying
to find a way out of the situation
she is in
2.1 She tries to separate the name
from the person
2.1.1 "that which we call a
rose would by any other
name smell as sweet"
2.1.2 "Deny thy father and refuse thy name"
220.127.116.11 She is asking him to turn
his back on his family
18.104.22.168.1 Based on what we
know about life in
Verona - would this be
2.2 She does not know that
Romeo is listening so
this shows us that her
love for him is genuine
3 Juliet is talking to herself at her
window, she does not know that
Romeo is below the window listening
to every word she says. She
confesses that she loves him. Juliet
tells Romeo that if he means what
he says then she will marry him the
4 Semantic field of
4.1 "stars" "heaven" "moon" "twinkle"
5 Juliet is completely honest with
Romeo she speaks plainly about her
love for him
5.1 This contrasts with Romeo's elaborate imagery
5.2 "Dost though love me?"
5.3 She also seems more
cautious and realistic about
5.3.1 She describes it as " too like lightning"
and a "bud of love"
22.214.171.124 Lightning comes
and goes very
126.96.36.199.1 Is she questioning
whether their love
will be the same?
188.8.131.52 Buds transform into flowers
or leaves over time
5.3.2 Romeo attempts to
swear on the moon about
how sincere he is about
his love for Juliet
184.108.40.206 He says "Lady, by yonder blessed moon I swear"
220.127.116.11.1 She replies by saying "O, swear not by the moon, the inconstant
moon,That monthly changes in her circled orb,Lest that thy love prove
18.104.22.168.1.1 This means that the moon is constantly changing - she wants a
more definite promise from him
6 Youth vs Age
6.1 Towards the end of the scene Juliet says
"Bondage is hoarse, and may not speak
6.1.1 As a young woman
Juliet was not free to
leave the house
meet a man.
6.2 At the start of the scene Romeo
says "He jests at scars that never
felt a wound."
6.2.1 Is this the arrogance of
youth? Romeo thinks he
7 "bright angel"
7.1 Romeo again uses
religious language to
7.1.1 Is this out of
thought of as
7.2.1 Perhaps Shakespeare is trying
to show that Juliet is so
beautiful she is divine and
deserves to be worshiped.
22.214.171.124 This would have been
seen as a sin as Romeo
is breaking one of the
10 commandments of
the Christian religion
which he seems to value
8 Romeo says "Being in night, all this is but a
dream Too flattering-sweet to be substantial."
8.1 Romeo thinks that the
love and arrangements
he has made with Juliet
are too good to be true