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09/07/2019

In Romeo and Juliet, from scenes 1 to 2 how do any of the characters express love or anger?

QUESTION
In Romeo and Juliet, from scenes 1 to 2 how do any of the characters express love or anger?
Any proof such as quotes from the text . Only from scenes one to two, any answers appreciated.

ANSWER
In Act 1 Scene 1 line 191-192, Romeo says, “What is it else? / A madness most discreet, / A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.”
This shows that Romeo thinks that love is both a good and bad thing. He is in love, but his love is not returned, making the experience very bittersweet for him.

In Act 1 Scene 1 line 225-226, Benvolio says, “By giving liberty unto thine eyes / Examine other beauties.
Here Romeo is complaining that Rosaline doesn’t love him. Benvolio brushes off Romeo’s feelings and doesn’t really take him seriously. He sees love as being flighty and easily transferred from one pretty girl to another.

In Act 1 Scene 2 line 15-17 Lord Capulet says, “She is the hopeful lady of my earth. / But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart; / My will to her consent is but a part.”
Juliet is Lord Capulet’s last living child and he wants the best for her. In this scene, he does not want her to go into a loveless marriage and wants her to be happy.

In Act 1 Scene 3 line 95 the nurse says that “women grow by men.”
She only sees marriage as a physical act whose only purpose is to create babies.

Hope this helps. I’m actually writing an essay on love in Romeo and Juliet right now, so I had lots of evidence from the play. Sorry I don’t have any on anger, though.