This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Romeo And Juliet By William Shakespeare

2492 words - 10 pages

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

In the opening scene of William Shakespeare's play, 'Romeo and Juliet'
he introduces us to the Italian walled city of Verona in the north of
Italy that is being ripped apart by two powerful noble families in a
ancient feud. Such things were common in the days when Italy was ruled
by independent city-states and principalities.

Shakespeare does not specify an exact date and so most people take it
as being set in the late medieval - early renaissance.

In the text the play opens with an unseen narrator giving a short
description of the plays background and inviting the audience to
watch. Such things were common in the writers' day as there was little
or no scenery and props so descriptions were incorporated into the
actors' dialogue. Shakespear very cleverly puts this description into
a verse that both gives an overview of the story but still keeps an
air of mystery around the play.

He uses many references to 'fate', the 'star's and the 'heavens'. All
these are symbols of mystery and incite you to want to know more.
Shakespeare lived in a very superstitious time and many people would
believe in the stars guiding peoples fates. Shakespeare even called
Romeo and Juliet,

'A pair of star-crossed lovers'

This tells the audience that no matter what happens the fate of them
both is sealed in the stars.

Verona is a city torn apart by a conflict between two of the noble
families both equal in power and stubbornness. The Capulets and the
Montague's.

Scene I is set in one of the numerous public places (piazzas) that are
still a major feature of modern Italian cities. Walking through the
square are two Capulets, Sampson and Gregory. They are characters
peripheral to the play and are mainly included to convey some humour
and wit that Shakespeare so often uses. They are walking through the
square making jokes and witty puns. Although these are humorous the
subjects they are discussing are quite serious and behind the humour
is a darker aspect of the play.

As these two are walking through the square they see some of their
enemies the Montagues, they insult them with a rude gesture and start
a conflict. The humour in the dialogue of the Capulets and Montagues
adds to the suspense of the scene. Will the Montague see it as a joke
and ignore it or will he attack the Capulets for being rude? The
mocking leads to a fight in which both families get heavily involved.

In this scene the plays main protagonists are introduced, Benvolio
Montague - a peaceful man but not afraid to stand for his family.
Tybalt Capulet - a hot headed swordsman with a unfaltering hate for
the Mont agues. Old Capulet and Old Montague - the patriarchs of each
household. Also in the later part of this scene we meet Romeo for the
first time.

Benvolio tries to...

Find Another Essay On Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

1183 words - 5 pages Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Shakespeare Never Lets His Audience Forget That the Play Ends In Tragedy At the time the play was written, in 1595, everyone believed very strongly in fate and the stars. London at the time was a walled city of about 200,000, with seven gates providing access to the city from the east, north and west. It was considered small and was criss-crossed by narrow little streets and

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

1768 words - 7 pages Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare How does Shakespeare present the themes of love and hate in Act 1 (focusing on Scene Five) of Romeo and Juliet? The presentations of both love and hate reach their first climaxes in Act 1, in the meeting of Romeo and Juliet, and in the hatred that Romeo stirs in Tybalt during that meeting. The characters playing major roles in this scene, Romeo, Juliet and Tybalt, are each seen

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

3192 words - 13 pages Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare ‘O brawling love, O loving hate’. This short quote from Shakespeare’s romantic, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ perfectly sums up what I believe the play to be about; both love and hate, entwined with one-another. Without love there would be no hate and without hate there would be no love. Each character is motivated by both at either separate or simultaneous times. To truly prove this

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare - 2148 words

2148 words - 9 pages Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Shakespheres Romeo and Juliet has many facets. One of the most prominent is the theme of love. The play suggests that this love between the two main characters is all consuming and self focused and seems to ignore all realities of the real world. Youth is the season of love and is full of desires and hopes. With

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare - 1374 words

1374 words - 5 pages Love at it’s finest Love at initial sight is a broadly debated belief. Some believe that true love that only has physical attraction without a deeper understanding of an individual doesn’t exist. Although, others argue that someone may be able to identify true love instantly. In fact, Shakespeare dedicates part of his play to this matter. In addition, he refers to Romeo and Juliet as "star-crossed lovers". To put it in another way, the two

Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare

1190 words - 5 pages As one of the most complex characters in the play, Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio’s purpose is to act as a static catalyst for the death of most of the characters. Shakespeare uses Mercutio’s character cleverly as the kind of character that stays in the background, but influences the rest of the cast in the utmost amount. Mercutio’s light and occasionally sardonic humor at inapt times relieves the play from being a complete tragedy and allows the

Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare

1158 words - 5 pages convince Romeo to attend this party. It is at the party that Romeo falls instantly in love with his “death mate”, Juliet. Friar Laurence had the greatest influence on Romeo and Juliet. The day after they met, the Friar married the couple, without parental consent. In this time period, parental consent was expected; the groom must ask the bride’s father’s permission. The Friar hopes to end the feud between the Capulets and Montagues by ignoring

Romeo Montague of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare

1189 words - 5 pages The prosperous and vibrant Elizabethan Age made England the heart of all commerce, culture, and most importantly, theatre. Romeo and Juliet, the masterpiece tragedy by William Shakespeare, takes place in this time period and relays the story of two young lovers whose ill-fated deaths eventually end an ancient family feud. The two, Romeo and Juliet, come from quarreling families who adamantly disapprove of their union. Thus, after knowing each

William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

3507 words - 14 pages William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet There are many alternating reasons as to what could be blamed for the death of the two “star-crossed lovers”, Romeo and Juliet, whether it be the long running family feud between the Montague and Capulet families, the risk of adolescent love, or simply the hast and secrecy in which the romance developed, through Shakespeare’s captivating tale of two predestined teens held in a

Death And Violence In Romeo And Juliet By William Shakespeare

2266 words - 9 pages Death And Violence In Romeo And Juliet By William Shakespeare Romeo And Juliet is quite possibly the most famous love story of all time. It has many concurrent themes running throughout the course of the entire story and one that is very prevalent is that of death and violence, the violence being both verbal and physical. Shakespeare merged the themes of death and violence with those of passion, love, and affection

Violence and Conflict in 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare

1443 words - 6 pages Violence and Conflict in 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare In any play by the well-known William Shakespeare, there is bound to be plenty of meat on the bone in regards to the script. Underneath the concrete elements of character, plot and theme there are very complex and unique ideas and images. Throughout one of Shakespeare's more established plays, Romeo and Juliet, many images are evoked through the

Similar Essays

Romeo And Juliet By William Shakespeare 1194 Words

1194 words - 5 pages Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet are described as a "pair of star-crossed lovers." Write about the way in which fate is shown to contribute to their tragedy. "Romeo and Juliet" would have been performed to an Elizabethan audience. The Elizabethan audience believed very strongly in "fate" and "fortune". They believed in the power of herbs, the sun and the stars. Herbs had to be picked at

Romeo And Juliet By William Shakespeare 1821 Words

1821 words - 7 pages Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays and has been described as a romantic tragedy. I will be looking at the different types of love in the play and how the language and drama reflect these. The play opens with a Prologue from the Chorus who warn of the tragedy to come. “……….A pair of two star-cross’d lovers take their life:……. ” Romeo Montague

"Romeo And Juliet" By William Shakespeare

1128 words - 5 pages The Fate of Romeo and JulietThe disastrous death of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, was fated before their decisions could prevent their deaths. In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, many hints and signs of foreshadowing were given to this tragedy that is fated in the stars. Shakespeare says throughout the book that Fate really controlled the destiny these two lovers face. Even the Prologue points out that their love is "death

Romeo And Juliet, By William Shakespeare

950 words - 4 pages imprudent decisions of others are accountable for the death of Romeo and Juliet and, also, the infatuation and impulsiveness of both Romeo and Juliet are to blame for their independent deaths and as well as the deaths of each other. The decisions made by the citizens of Verona have a direct effect upon the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Their thoughtless decisions assist in the downfall of the couple. For example, when Juliet returns from seeing