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Analysis Of Romeo And Juliet By William Shakespeare

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Analysis of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare The classic play script, Romeo and Juliet is written by Shakespeare.
His intentions were to show the conflict between families. The members
of he Capulet’s and Montague’s do not know each other, yet they hate
each other. Why? Because of a person’s last name and this provokes
hatred. It also shows how the main characters, Romeo and Juliet were
willing to sacrifice their relationship with their families in order
to be together. The feuding of the families results in the tragic
death of these “star-crossed lovers”. As Romeo and Juliet meet by fate
their lives are also taken by fate. This plays as a major theme
throughout the play, shown in this further discussion.

The time period of which Shakespeare wrote this play, religion played
a big role in peoples lives. And throughout the play the characters
refer to religion which is clearly shown in Act 1 Scene 5, where Romeo
and Juliet first meet in a sonnet. The previous scenes build tension
creating an atmosphere to prepare the audience for this intense
meeting of the ‘to be’ couple.

The play starts off with a prologue. The reason being is that it tells
the audience background on the play so they can have a clearer
understanding of it. The prologue is a sonnet and tells the audience
what happens to these loves. “A pair of star-crossed lovers take their
life,” analysing this quote it touches on the theme faith. It shows
that the meeting of the lovers was influenced by the stars and they
were meant ‘to be’ together as previously stated. By giving away the
fact that the loves die it seems that Shakespeare has sacrificed the
reason for the dramatic suspense and tension in the play. However
Shakespeare has not told the audience why the die or how they met.
Therefore this creates a build up of a tension and curiosity to Act 1
Scene 5 of when the destined lovers meet.

Looking back at the prologue we also find out that there is some kind
of conflict between two families, which is another theme throughout
the play. “Two households both alike in dignity,” from this quote we
earn that the families are worthy and self proud, but may also mean
they have a lot of pride in themselves.

There is also conflict between these “two households” shown in this
quote, “from ancient grudge break to new mutiny.” This quote implies
that there is confrontation between two families for a very long time
till this day. However once again Shakespeare does not tell us why
there is this “ancient grudge” between them. “Where civil blood makes
civil hands unclean,” this quotation tells the audience that there
will be blood shed and perhaps some of the characters will dies. This
gets the audience anxious for they want to...

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