Background: The famous balcony scene explains how Juliet is surprised that she has fallen in love with the only son of the enemy. Romeo has snuck into the Capulet buildings and has started listening to Juliet’s thoughts without her knowing. Eventually he speaks and Juliet realises who he is. This isn’t the first time they have met as they met at the Capulet ball.
Juliet: Oh, my!
Romeo: (to himself) She speaks. Oh, speak again, bright angel. You are as glorious as an angel tonight. You shine above me, like an angel from heaven who makes mortal men fall on their backs to look up at the sky, watching the angel walking on the clouds and sailing on the air.
Juliet: (not knowing Romeo hears her) Oh, Romeo, Romeo, why do you have to be Romeo? Forget about your father and change your name. Or else, if you won’t change your name, just swear you love me and I’ll stop being a Capulet.
Romeo: (to himself) Should I listen for more, or should I speak now?
Juliet: (still not knowing Romeo hears her) It’s only your name that’s my enemy. You’d still be yourself even if you stopped being a Montague. What’s a Montague anyway? It isn’t a hand, a foot, an arm, a face, or any other part of a man. Oh, be some other name! What does a name mean? The thing we call a rose would smell just as sweet if we called it by any other name. Romeo would be just as perfect even if he wasn’t called Romeo. Romeo, lose your name. Trade in your name – which really has nothing to do with you – and take all of me in exchange.
Romeo: (to Juliet) I trust your words. Just call me your love, and I will take a new name. From now on I will never be Romeo again.
Juliet: Who are you? Why do you hide in the darkness and listen to my private thoughts?
Romeo: I don’t know how to tell you who I am by telling you a name. I hate my name, dear saint, because my name is your enemy. If I had it written down, I would tear up the paper.
Juliet: I haven’t heard you say a hundred words yet, but I recognize the sound...