Capulet dispatches a servant, Peter, to invite a list of people to the feast. Unfortunately, the disorder of the day eventually overcomes the passionate and protective night - destroying both lovers in the process. The forces that determine their fate are laid in place well before Romeo and Juliet even meet. Friar Laurence offers Romeo a little advice about love. He asks Paris to wait two years. Benvolio advises him to forget Rosaline by looking for another, but Romeo insists that this would be impossible.
They pledge their love to one another and then Juliet is called away by the Nurse. The Friar should have stayed with Juliet and helped her suffering, however it was an impulsive instinct t that caused him to run away and leave Juliet alone where she momentarily takes her life after. Is Lawrence trying to warn Romeo that the love that burns brightest, burns shortest? His love for Juliet consumes Romeo. She tells him that he can swear on his life because he is like a god to her. Stare obsessively at some new girl, and your former lovesickness will disappear. Finally, Romeo tells his friends to go on ahead, and he will catch up with them. Friar Laurence thinks about it and agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet, not because he believes they are so much in love but because he thinks it may stop the fighting between the two families.
Romeo begs their pardon for leaving them at the party but swears he had important business to attend to. Considerately, earlier in the play Lord Caplet suggest the wedding be planned for Thursday because Wednesday seemed too soon. See Analysis: Act 2, prologue—scene 1 The prologue to the second act reinforces themes that have already appeared. Juliet goes back inside her chamber, and Romeo departs in search of a monk to aid him in his cause. Prince Escalus stops the riot, threatens everyone with death, and takes Capulet with him, leaving Benvolio alone with Montague and Lady Montague.
Her soliloquy bemoans the fact that she sent the Nurse at nine and the clock just chimed noon, so three hours have passed without the Nurse returning. Romeo holds Juliet's hand, and begs a kiss, which she gives him. He nearly speaks to her, but thinks better of it. In the case of Romeo and Juliet, the characters must accept their unique identities and transcend their family names in order to experience the purest kind of love. Once again this sonnet acts as a narrator to the play, summing up what happened previously and revealing more problems that the two lovers are likely to encounter. Peter, who cannot read, offers a touch of humor to this scene, especially in the way his illiteracy leads him to invite two Montagues to the party while expressly stating that no Montagues are invited. Shakespeare often has characters encourage one another to be true to themselves first, and only then can they be true to others.
Not only that, says the Friar, but there's a good reason that the ectasies of love can't last forever. That Juliet both allows and cherishes Romeo's interruption reminds the audience that true love requires two people to open their hearts to one another. Mercutio kids Romeo about love, and Romeo joins in the bawdy repartee. Then Romeo tries to pay the Nurse for delivering the message. Juliet, musing to herself and unaware that Romeo is in her garden, asks why Romeo must be Romeo—a Montague, and therefore an enemy to her family. Shakespeare wrote no stage directions about this kissing, but the kisses make sense of the words. If he can't help her, she will kill herself.
Romeo marvels at her beauty and listens to her as she expresses her love for Romeo. Friar Laurence comes and finds Romeo and Paris dead. It cannot countervail the exchange of joy Friar Laurence Such violent passions have violent ends, and often die when they hit their peak, just like fire burns the fuel it kisses with flames. The garden setting is more than just a secretive meeting place — it invokes images of a pastoral Eden, which symbolizes both purity and virginity. Shakespeare also underlines the contrast between youth and old age. This is demonstrated between Romeo, Friar Lawrence as well as Lord Caplet through their failures to contemplate n significant decisions.
And you among the store, One more, most welcome, makes my number more. Friar Laurence's actions represent the dichotomy between societal convention and individual desire. Rosaline, on the other hand, prefers to keep her beauty to herself. Exponentially, portrays through the common theme that it is more effective to make consider rate decisions, because those that are impulsive, frequently conclude disastrously. It is unfortunate Romeo is not attentive to Lawrence's words. Romeo knows that the Nurse is there to find out about the wedding, but he wants to avoid discussing it in front of his friends.
Juliet has no power because she is a woman. The Nurse leaves to get the rope ladder that Romeo requested and Juliet exits the scene hailing her good fortune. However, both these adults offer advice that seems strangely out of place given the circumstances of the play. Romeo surprises her by offering to take another name for her love. This is a final opportunity for Lawrence to counsel Romeo and perhaps persuade him to act more prudently. Act 2 is the happiest and least tragic act in the play.