Romeo and Juliet: At Last! The Balcony Scene | shakesyear
After Romeo manages to assuage Juliet's fears, they share a passionate kiss in the pool. Afterwards, Juliet asks Romeo sincerely if he loves her. Romeo vows he loves her "by yonder blessed moon," but Juliet asks him "to swear not by the moon," as it bespeaks inconstancy and volatility. She asks him either not to swear at all, or to swear by his own image. Juliet reveals that Romeo's sudden, rash appearance has made her more anxious than joyous, and attempts to bid him goodnight, climbing out of the pool.
SparkNotes: Romeo and Juliet: Act 2, prologue–scene 1
The love that Romeo and Juliet share is the opposite of the selfish love that Shakespeare references in the opening acts of the play. Shakespeare compares Juliet to the sun, and she is one of the most generous characters in the play. She reveals her selflessness when she declares, "My bounty is as boundless as the sea, / My love as deep. The more I give thee / The more I have, for both are infinite" (2.1.175-177). Rosaline, on the other hand, prefers to keep her beauty to herself. Shakespeare heightens this contrast when Romeo describes Rosaline as a Diana (the goddess of the moon) and tells Juliet, "Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon" (2.1.46).
As she heads for the stairs, Romeo calls pleadingly after her, asking whether she will leave him thusly "so unsatisfied." Juliet suspiciously asks him what satisfaction he desires, thinking he may merely be craving an act of sexual consummation. Romeo responds that what he wants is an honest exchange of "faithful vow[s]"—essentially, a marriage proposal. Overjoyed at his answer, Juliet runs back into his arms and the two crash into the pool once more. Underneath the water, they share a kiss.
The balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet as depicted by Frank Dicksee
When they emerge above the surface, Juliet asks him how he was able to scale the mansion walls, and anxiously warns him that his presence there could lead to his death. Romeo responds that love carried him toward her, and boldly shouts that he will not be cowed by the Capulets. His commotion lures a security guard out to the pool, forcing Juliet to push him out of sight while the guard inspects the surroundings. Juliet pacifies the guard with a smile and he retreats.
Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Scene 2 ..
The think he is still in love with Rosaline, and suppose that he is moping and whining.
Romeo is in the orchard of the Capulets, and sees Juliet on her balcony.
Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Scene 2 (The Balcony Scene)
The "balcony scene" in Luhrmann's film was shot on location at the Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City, Mexico. The preceding scenes, in which Romeo is led away by Mercutio and the other Montague boys as Juliet looks on from a number of interior and exterior balconies, fully creates the expectation in the viewer that will soon meet again within the context of the forthcoming love scene, almost certainly the most well known of the entire play. Luhrmann's staging uses this expectation to generate an ironic effect, choosing not to frame the action as a "balcony" scene at all, but rather a swimming pool scene. This dramatic irony reaches a moment of comic frisson when Romeo, climbing the lattice-work to Juliet's second-story window, is unexpectedly greeted by The Nurse's visage instead.
Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet": 'You Kiss by the …
Lady Capulet informs Juliet that Paris wants to marry her, but Juliet says that marriage is an honor I dream not of. Juliet agrees to go to the party and take a look at Paris.
Romeo, Benvolio, and Mercutio are on their way to the party.
Romeo and Juliet in the balcony scene
Having realized the balcony was a decoy, the viewer then sees Juliet on the ground level walking toward the pool. A layer of dramatic irony persists to the extent that Juliet does not realize Romeo is present until he responds directly to her after his aside, by which point she is on the edge of the shimmering blue pool, a symbol for Romeo and Juliet's luminous but ill-fated love as already established in the aquarium scene. The image of them underwater is meant to invariably conjure the image of them drowning, and their falling together into the pool is a gesture that symbolizes the combination of abandon, haste, and carelessness that ultimately dooms them both to the underworld.