Romeo e Giulietta: la scena del balcone

Appunto inviato da gm83

Saggio critico che analizza la scena del balcone di Romeo e Giulietta, in più un confronto tra le versioni cinematografiche di Lurmahn e di Zeffirelli (2 pagine formato doc)


Romeo e Giulietta (William Shakespeare). The balcony scene is more than a great lovers' meeting place.

It is in fact the same as if Romeo had entered into a private Eden. He has climbed over a large wall to enter the garden, which can be viewed as a sanctuary of virginity.
Thus he has invaded the only place which Juliet deems private, seeing as her room is constantly watched by the Nurse or her mother.
He's the hero of the play, but on the surface he doesn't seem too heroic. He starts out in love with one girl (Rosaline), decides he likes another one better (Juliet), marries her but doesn't let anyone know about it, gets his best friend killed (Mercutio), kills his wife's cousin (Tybalt), runs off, returns, thinks his wife is dead, doesn't check, and commits suicide. He sees Juliet as light and calls her "the sun." He claims that even the moon, the traditional symbol for a woman's beauty and purity, is envious of Juliet. This characterization is not merely dramatic. The use of these superlatives is meant to convey Romeo's deep feeling.

Romeo e Giulietta: riassunto degli atti


Romeo steals Juliet’s secret, hidden in the darkness, and suddenly appearing he brakes
the enchanted atmosphere. He’s excited by Juliet’s words and wants to swear by everything, refuse his name and marry his “fair sun”. In Juliet's behavior there are the traces of the future event. Whereas she used to obey the authority of her nurse, she now disappears twice, and twice defies authority and reappears. This is a sure sign of her emerging independence, and is a crucial factor in understanding her decision to marry Romeo and defy her parents.


From balcony’s scene it’s easy deduce Juliet’s character. She is a true woman, who can feel deep sentiments and live on that. Her Love for Romeo is as quick as lightening and she sudden abandons herself to him. She belong to the same social class of Romeo and as well as him she knows the courtly language :during their first meeting she give him a reasonable answer weaving intricate loving metaphor with him. The Juliet’s language is full of rhetorical figure as well as Romeo’s but in her the exterior ornamentation acts is functional for the communication. The Juliet’s language is more actual than Romeo’s: she wants to reach the substance of love: it’s not the name of the things that she wants but the same things(That which we call a rose ,by any other name would smell as sweet)The demand to Rome of refuse his name is heart-felt demand, an invitation to abandon himself to the true feeling.

Approfondimento: Teatro europeo del Seicento: storia, caratteristiche, opere teatrali