William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet is about two equally rich and important families who
lived in Verona. The two families, the Montague's and the Capulet's
have an ancient grudge between them because of an old argument
carrying on in strife for many years, generation after generation,
Their two children Romeo and Juliet cursed with bad luck fall in
"forbidden" love with each other. The children's misadventure ends the
fearful mutiny of their parents' tragic rage, finally bring peace to
Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time in Act 1, Scene 5. This scene
prepares the audience for the tragedy that lies ahead in the way
Shakespeare has used the stage directions, stage craft, dramatic irony
and the language in the scene, Romeo's premonition written as a
soliloquy. The language (verbal+ body language) used by both Romeo and
Juliet. Also because of the events that take place before and during
this scene. The actions and language of the characters. Romeo using
similes and metaphors in Act 1, Scene 5 to describe Juliet. The
audience expect that a tragedy will happen because of the fact that
Romeo should not be there in the first place. This creates excitement
and anticipation in the audience and the audience become really
involved in the play. This is important because it keeps the audience
on their toes and it keeps them interested in the play and without
anticipation the audience loose interest in the play.
The themes of the play are in opposition to with each other. These
themes include: fate / freewill, language / reality, love / hate,
public / private and light / dark.
Fate is explored when Romeo goes to the party despite his premonition
that "Some consequences yet hanging in the stars / shall bitterly
begin his fearful dateâ€¦" and freewill is expressed when Romeo and
Juliet fall in love with each other and choose to pursue their
relationship despite knowing the fact that their families are enemies.
Language used by Romeo and Juliet in this scene is in contrasts with
the reality of their situation. In their language they use religious
and Sainty imagery, giving us a sense of peace. Where as in reality
their families have no peace they are in contrast + conflict. They
also talk about what they will do for each other, but in contrast with
reality they can not go against their families, because in those days
they could not stand up against their parent's wishes. Other wise
their parents would have lost their honour and dignity in the society,
their families would also have been ostracized in the community.
Love is explored when Romeo and Juliet fall in love with each other.
Romeo expresses his admiration and love for Juliet by using similes
and metaphors to describe Juliet and also using religious...