Romeo and Juliet
In the bouquet of flowers Romeo will send to Juliet, there will be three flowers. The first flower in this bouquet is Acacia. This flower symbolizes secret love. This depicts one of the important themes in this book. Secret love is the whole premise between Romeo and Juliet. They are always trying to keep their love for each other private. They even get married in secret only a day after they meet. This idea of secret love is present in Romeo and Juliet when Juliet says “My only love, sprung from my only hate” (1.5.139). What Juliet meant when she said that was the only person whom she loved was the son of her family’s enemy, the Montagues, whom she was brought up to hate.
The second flower in this bouquet will be the Carnation. This flower represents fascination, impulsiveness, joy, and devoted love. This is significant in the book because even though Romeo and Juliet just met, they are deeply in love with each other, infatuated and may be taking things too fast. The quote from Juliet’s soliloquy in act 2 scene 2 “Romeo, doff thy name; and for thy name, which is no part of thee, take all myself.” (2.2.47-49) means that Juliet wants Romeo to give up his name and family loyalty and in exchange, take Juliet.
The third and final flower in the bouquet is the Violet. This flower is associated with affection, faithfulness, love and taking a chance on happiness. This theme is one of the most critical ones in the book because without it, Romeo and Juliet might never have taken the chance to be together. This is noted in the conversation between Romeo and Juliet when they first meet. Romeo asks, “For what purpose love” and Juliet responds, “ … My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.” (2.2.130, 133-135).
The message Romeo wants to send to Juliet with the bouquet of Acacia, carnations and violets is that their love is secret. It is impulsive, passionate and deep. They need to take a chance to be together to find their happiness.