Act II – Scene.v
Romeo anxiously awaits the arrival of Juliet at Friar
He boldly states that he does not care what misfortune might come as it will pale in comparison to the joy he feels right now. The Friar warns Romeo not be so intense as violent delights often lead to violent ends.
Juliet eventually arrives and they are married.
Shakespeare cleverly generates an electric atmosphere of euphoric love.
The Friar warns against Romeo’s intensity and this is Shakespeare’s way of
reminding the audience that they are watching a tragedy and that Romeo and Juliet will die. The Friar’s words demonstrate that it is the power of fate that will overcome the power of love.
At this stage, we have seen that most of the characters are driven by
If Romeo and Juliet were modest lovers, then the effect on the audience would not be great, but their love has to be passionate so that it seems plausible that they would give up their families and friends just so that they can be together.