Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Song Analysis

Act 2 ,of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is perhaps one of the most famous love scenes in all of drama ,which is why love songs would be totally appropriate.Here are some of my choices of songs that I would think would fit perfectly for the particular scene.

#1 On the list “Love Story” by Taylor Swift:

I think that my number one choice that best represents act 2 of Romeo and Juliet would be “Love Story” by Taylor Swift.The song is perfect for the scene because not only does it hit the theme,but mentions the lovers plus the whole entire play revolves mostly around love.The roles of the video make it easier to recognize that it would be perfect for the scene because if you watched the video you can see the Taylor swift is playing the role of Juliet and the other man playing the role of Romeo.The video itself was made to be related to William Shakespeare’s famous story of Romeo and Juliet.The lyrics first start of with the verse saying ,”We were both young when I first saw you.” The verse itself is definitely related to the story because we as in the viewers are told that the age of Romeo and Juliet are about 14 years old.Stating that they are both in their young teenage years.So

“I sneak out to the garden to see you.
We keep quiet ’cause we’re dead if they knew
So close your eyes… escape this town for a little while.
Oh, oh.”

Romeo and Juliet, “Balcony scene”[1]

The verse “I sneak out to the garden to see you” from the love song,reflects back to the story when Juliet is on the balcony during Act 2 Scene 2 when she is looking off into the night sky,while Romeo sneaks into the garden bushes to Juliet.”We keep quiet ’cause we’re dead if they knew”, the verse represents best in the story when Juliet tries to hide from others so no one will see and tell her parents when she’s with Romeo and Juliet.”So close your eyes… escape this town for a little while.Oh, oh.”The line symbolizes that they should keep quiet from others and not worry about all the troubles when their together.

 

 

“Marry me, Juliet, you’ll never have to be alone.
I love you, and that’s all I really know.
I talked to your dad – go pick out a white dress
It’s a love story, baby, just say, “Yes”.

Romeo and Juliet ,”Marriage scene”[2]

 

 

The lyrics are best shown when Romeo proposes to Juliet and they get married in Act 2 scene 6.At the chapel,when romeo arrives and confesses his new love for Juliet,and they should meet at the chapel to get married.Juliet and Romeo both appear at the church to be married by Friar Lawrence and sealing their future without the care of their family and friends.

 

 

 

#2 on the list “Check Yes Juliet” by We The Kings: 

I chose “check yes juliet” by We The Kings as my second choice because not only is the song based on the story of Romeo and Juliet but the lyrics or verses have a lot to do with the story itself and have so much in common.For example in the chorus its says,

“I’ll be waiting
Wishing, wanting
Yours for the taking.
Just sneak out
And don’t tell a soul goodbye.”

[3]:”Mercutio”R&J

[4]:”Benvolio”R&J

Throughout the act you can see that Romeo and Juliet don’t tell anybody that will jeopardize their relationship,and only certain people can know about it such as the nurse.They would wait for each other anywhere just so they can talk in privacy just like the balcony scene and they would both sneak out just to see each other for example in act 2 sc.2.Also Romeo would even go to the extreme of leaving his family and friends behind just to go see her and so that he wont get interrogated by them for example in act 2 sc.1 when Romeo escapes from Mercutio and Benvolio and ends up meeting with Juliet.The last verse”And don’t tell a soul goodbye” you can reflect that upon the story when throughout the act they keep secrets about whats going on about their love and explain that they “can’t tell a soul” for example when Romeo talks to Friar lawrence about the marriage proposal and that he should be the one to help them make the marriage official in act 2 sc.2 and 5.

“We’re flying through the night
We’re flying through the night
Way up high,
The view from here is getting better with
You by my side.”

[5]:”Making doe eyes at eachother”

The lyrics are best represented in the story, when Romeo and Juliet are on a “high” of their love.Stating that because they have each other by their sides they can do anything and everything and nothing could possibly get in the way if they’re together.Like when they exchange words of love during the act they act like their blinded by everything around them and are only focused on each other.”But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!” (2.2.2-3). It means that Romeo already loves Juliet,his words of adoration and love has compared Juliet to the sunrise.Stating that the sunrise will be a sign of her appearance.Throughout the story he compares Juliet to the “light” he finds her love to be full lightness to be bright ,sunny and warm.

 

 

Even though their was so many choices out there in my opinion I think these two songs were the best to choose from.

 

 

Video #1:TaylorSwiftVEVO.Youtube.Taylor Swift,Love story.

2009.Web.May 8th 2015.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xg3vE8Ie_E

Image [1]:”Romeo and Juliet balcony scene”.Mr.Puley.ca.

2015.Web.May 8th 2015.http://scalar.usc.edu/works/romeo-and-juliet-act-2-scene-2-through-the-years/media/1968.jpg

Image [2]:Romeo and Juliet ,”Marriage scene”.Pinterest.

2013.Web.May 8th 2015.https://www.pinterest.com/pin/17592254764803623/

Video #2:WeTheKingsVEVO.Youtube We The Kings,check yes Juliet.

2010.Web.May 8th 2015.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CUyWJ7UINM

Image [3]:”Mercutio”R&J.FanPop.

2010.Web.May 8th 2015.http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/1968-romeo-and-juliet-by-franco-zeffirelli/images/28120913/title/mercutio-r-j-1968-film-photo

Image[4]:Ascik,Emily.”Benvolio”R&J.Pinterest.

2015.Web.May 8th 2015.https://www.pinterest.com/pin/368591550725448128/

Image[5]:”Making doe eyes at each other”R&J.Debate.org.

2015.Web.May 8th 2015.https://www.debate.org/opinions/is-romeo-and-juliet-the-best-love-story-of-all-time

 

 

 

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