This scene addresses many themes revolving around the nature of Romeo and Gullet’s love and lust as well as the consequences of their union. At first, Romeo and Gullet’s love is lust at first sight. The driving force between the couple’s union is this superficial nature of attraction. While Romeo is admiring Juliet, he says to himself, ‘It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, who is already sick and pale with grief, that thou her maid, art far more fair than she. ‘ Diana is the goddess of the moon and of virginity.
By referencing the moon, Romeo implies that Juliet is a revert of the moon as long as she is a virgin, therefore he wants the moon to be killed so he can free her of her virginity. This quote is shows that Romeo does not love Juliet, rather, he lusts after her. When describing Juliet, Romeo uses imagery of nature, such as, Would through the airy region stream so bright. That birds would sing and not think it were night. ‘ By describing Juliet as natural and earthly, he is referring to earthly pleasures. This sexual imagery shows Romeos thoughts of Juliet are purely lusty.
After exchanging vows of adoration, the lust of Romeo and Juliet is so powerful it makes them irrational and impulsive. Juliet is so consumed in the emotional atmosphere that she says, ‘Deny thy father and refuse thy name. Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and I’ll no longer be a Capsule, Juliet says if Romeo swears his love her, she will stop being a Capsule and give up her name, family and reputation to be with him. Shakespeare also uses the technique of listing to add urgency and impulse to the mood, when Juliet says, ‘What’s Montague? It is nor hand nor foot, nor arm more face, nor any other part belonging to a man. Romeo too gets caught up in the intensity of the mood and becomes irrational. Romeo refers to his name on a piece of paper ND says, ‘l would tear the word. ‘ Romeo is saying if he had his name written on a piece of paper he would tear it up like he would to his reputation and totally deny his identity to be with Juliet. Romeo even goes so far to say, ‘And but thou love me, let them find me here. My life were better ended by their hate than death prolonged, waiting for thy love. ‘ Romeo shows his impetuous state of mind when he declares he would rather be killed then die without Gullet’s love. The scene also highlights the theme of fate.
Romeo says, ‘Oh it is my lady. Oh, it is my love. ‘ Romeo is implying that he thinks of his love as pure and based n heavenly fate. Juliet too references fate, ‘The orchard walls are high and hard to climb, and the place death, considering who thou art, If any of my kinsmen find thee here. ‘ The ‘orchard walls’ are a double entendre as they mean both literally they are hard to climb over to get to her house but also describe her virginity as hard to climb. Juliet is saying if they expressed their love for one another it would result in death, which is an ironic reference to fate as the audience knows that the couple’s fate ends tragically.
Romeos imagery of Juliet then begins to change as the scene progresses and e moves from natural, earthly imagery to celestial imagery. This may be perhaps, Romeos lust maturing into love as he sees Juliet as a heavenly angel rather than an Object of earthly pleasures. Romeo talks of Juliet as, ‘Oh speak again, bright angel! For though art as glorious to this night, being o’er my head, As is a winged messenger of heaven unto the white, upturned, wondering eyes of mortals that fall back to graze on him when he bestrides the lazy- puffing clouds and sails upon the bosom of the air. Juliet also starts speaking officiate celestially, describing him as s god she worships like an idol, Swear buy thy gracious self, which is the god of my idolatry. ‘ Romeo tries to proves his love and devotion for Juliet by swearing by the moon, ‘Lady, by yonder blesses moon I vow, that tips with silver all these fruit- tree tops-‘ which Juliet does not believe is adequate as the is always changing its position in the sky, and she does not want him to become that inconsistent too, ‘O, swear not by the moon, the’ inconsistent moon, that monthly changes in her circle orb, lest that thy love prove likewise variable. Romeo then offers to swear by something else, What shall I swear by? The final proof of the peoples love is their abstinence of the earthly pleasures and decision to marry. Juliet says, ‘This bud of live by summer’s ripening breath, may prove a beauteous flower when we nest meet. Describing their love as currently like a flower bud that may turn out to be a beautiful flower the next time they meet (the beauteous flower is a form of natural imagery referring to earthly pleasures), demonstrating the couple’s commitment to their love and proving their love does not need lust or earthly pleasures to remain strong. The decision to marry in secrecy despite the sworn contempt of their families also affirms their love as only true love would cause the couple to disregard their social expectations and their families dynastic pressures.