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John Steinbeck once said “It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone”. In order to appreciate something for all that it truly is, one must learn to compare it to its opposite. These opposites both complement each other and bring out the worst in one another. Moreover, they also produce energy through the tension they create. This is true of opposition everywhere, literature included. Authors often make use of it, thus making their works more interesting and relatable. In the play Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare uses light and dark imagery to create a tension that mirrors the energy we encounter in our everyday lives. In particular, this...
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Shakespeare's Use of Imagery and Symbolism to Create Dramatic Tension in Romeo and Juliet
William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet is set in 16th Century
Verona. It concerns two main characters, Romeo and Juliet, and their
fight to keep their love and themselves alive. Romeo and Juliet are
the only children of two feuding aristocratic families, the Capulet's
and the Montague's. At a party held by Lord Capulet, the two meet and
instantaneously fall in love.
Throughout the rest of the play we follow their journey of accelerated
adolescence until they meet their tragic death. Some people argue that
Romeo and Juliet epitomises the true essence of...
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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, is a famous tragic love story that bases on a young couple from the rival families, the Montagues, and the Capulets, in which the death of the young couple finally end the ‘ancient grudge’ between the two families. Their result of death is believed to be cause mostly by the fate, which brings them closer and closer to their inevitable destiny, death. In many places in the play Shakespeare also uses words like ‘fortune’, ‘sail’, ‘stars’ to reveal that fate and destiny, are the main elements in the play that causes their untimely death.
In the Prologue, it is mentioned that’ A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life’ (l.6), which outlines the...
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Irony occurs when there is conflict about what was stated and what something really means. There are three main types of irony. Irony can make the difference in a good book, and a great book. It is in just about every scene of Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare uses different types of irony for many reasons.
The first type of irony is verbal irony. It starts being used in the very beginning of the play when the chorus says “Two households, both alike in dignity” (prologue). The chorus states they are dignified, but they are really very undignified. Another example is when Juliet says “ I never shall be satisfied with Romeo until I behold him –dead – is my poor heart for a kingsman vex’d”...
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Destiny or fate is a controversially talked about subject that has arised for many years. ‘Destiny is referred to as a predetermined course of events.’ Many people, especially in Shakespearean times, believe that God has a life plan for every individual. A sense of destiny in its oldest human sense is the soldier’s fatalistic image of the ‘bullet that has your name on it’ or the moment when ‘your number comes up’ or a romance that was ‘meant to be.’ Many Greek legends and tales teach the futility or trying to outmanoeuvre an inexorable fate that has been correctly predicted. Today we have people that can ‘predict out future’ whether we nowadays still have the belief in the stars and the...
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When playing a game of poker, we often find that our hand provides us with some good cards and some bad ones. The same is true for the play of Romeo and Juliet. Franklin M. Dickey explains that "Romeo and Juliet die... only as the result of a series of mistakes and misunderstandings" (467). What Dickey is saying is that the deaths of Romeo and Juliet only occur because of a series of misdeals or, in this case, a series of mistakes. Unfortunately for Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare decided not to play their cards right, and therefore their lives turned out to be the cost of this deadly game.While shuffling through the characters of the play, Friar Lawrence sticks out in my mind. The friar...
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"Romeo and Juliet" is a play that really makes the audience wonder if the two young lovers had any chance for a life. In the prologue, Shakespeare states that "From forth the fatal loins of these two foes/ A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life" ((37). There is a debate in philosophy that applies very much to this play. The debate is concerned with two opposite ideas about human beings, free will and determinism. If you have free will, then you can do something else besides what you did. What happens in the play is important because it could happen to two people today. The thesis of this paper is that Shakespeare set this play in such a way that there is absolutely no way Romeo and...
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Differences are what make people who they are. If everyone was the same, life would be boring. People have been saying this for as long as anyone can remember. However, differences can oftentimes be fatal. The ways in which diversity and divisions affect people and their relationships can be shown in Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, as well as the film West Side Story, directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise. Romeo and Juliet takes place in the 1500s in the city of Verona. This tragic play tells the story of two teenagers from opposing families, the Capulets and the Montagues, who fall in love with each other against all odds. Eventually, the tensions between their families are too...
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Romeo and Juliet is the best known Shakespeare play ever, not to say the most famous western love story. It is difficult to have a valuable trace of Shakespeare's work because of the fact that he did not signed any play. It is a passionate love story. Even if the play is commonly considered as a tragedy, the beginning can be viewed as a comedy: bawdy play on words, amusing quarrel and its unoriginal love stories. Until the end we want to believe in an issue for the two heroes. Shakespeare makes grow the suspense until the end by playing with the return of hope and some deceptive effects. The huge success of this play which achieved posterity is due to a remarkable drama's knowledge, but also...
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Romeo and Juliet is set during the Elizabethan period when women had to acquiesce to men. This was known as a patriatical society. It was the time when fathers decided whom their daughters should marry. In the Elizabethan period events such as marriage were more traditional and were taken very seriously as well as the fact that men were more powerful than women. The Elizabethan period was a period of internal peace between the English Reformation and the battles between Protestants and Catholics as well the battles between the Parliament and the Monarchy that repulsed the seventeenth century which relates to the Period that Shakespeare wrote the play because it creates this contrast that...
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Romeo and Juliet Essay The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, is a play that consisted of many parts. It had rising action, falling action, and climax, along with many other parts crucial to a good play. Woven into the drama of Shakespeare's love story, were the characters of the play. The main characters, Romeo and Juliet, took center stage in almost every act. Romeo was the son of the Montague family and Juliet was the daughter of the Capulet family. Because of the conflict between the two families, their love could never be. The families had been feuding for ages. Throughout all of the pain, love, and suffering brought to the two lovers, there was one character that...
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Most people think that coincidence is the main cause for the character’s severe misfortune in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, but in reality, it is impulse and the inability to control one’s passion that account for the large amount of calamity in this tragedy’s plot line. Haste and passion are evident flaws in many of the character’s personalities. At one point in time, Romeo, Tybalt, Capulet, Friar Lawrence make a decision on impulse. Many of these decisions are also made when the character is overcome by a deep emotion. If some of the characters were able to get a hold of there passion and think things through, maybe the unfortunate deaths of Romeo and Juliet, as well as many others,...
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Disorder and hatred are negative yet important themes in the play of Romeo and Juliet. For example, the hatred between the two feuding families and disorder that occurs which leads to tragedy. The consequences of these actions both lead to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.Hatred is a main factor between the Montagues and the Capulets. It threathens to destroy the social stability of Verona.Hate between the Montagues and the Capulets is an obstacle which Romeo and Juliet have to overcome. The hatred between their families make it hard for them to show their love for one another.Not only does hate occur between the families, but with Romeo himself. Romeo was mad at himself after he killed...
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Violence and Conflict in Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet is a play written by William Shakespeare. It is a
tragic play about two feuding families who are both described as ‘
both alike in dignity’. This meaning the two families who are both
noble in society and are wealthy households. They should both really
know better than to carry on in this child like manner. The two
families are known as Capulet and Montague. Juliet is the beautiful
daughter of the Capulets who everyone loves, then there’s Romeo, young
handsome and loveable who cares about everyone. The play is set in the
city of Verona, the opening scene opens with a prologue, in a modern
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Changes in Romeo in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
After an emotional fight at the start of the play, the mood is brought
down by the introduction of a love sick Montague by the name of Romeo.
Throughout 'Romeo and Juliet,' Romeo's character goes through a number
of changes, he matures from a self-absorbed child into a mature young
man thanks to the trial and tribulations he encounters and overcomes
in the play.
Romeo is a very romantic character, but at the beginning of the play,
the extent of his love is that of a teenager. He is infatuated with
Rosaline, and due to her lack of love back, he childishly becomes
depressed, locking himself...
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Love In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
The legend of Romeo and Juliet had been popular for more than a
hundred years; by the time Shakespeare wrote his play. Shakespeare's
primary source for 'Romeo and Juliet' is a popular poem-'The tragicall
Historye of Romeus and Juliet', by Arthur Brooke (1562). Brooke's poem
is based on Luigi Da Porta's tale of Romeo and Giulietta. Da Porta was
the first to insist that the lovers were historical figures, which
still exists today. Shakespeare uses the moral of the original and
turns his young lovers into the victims of parental control. In
Shakespeare's version it is the adults who must accept responsibility
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Throughout history, there have been few writers whose works have influenced society more than those of the English playwright William Shakespeare. His use of language in all of his plays, especially Romeo and Juliet, is one that impacts its audience both emotionally and intellectually. For anyone wishing to pursue a career specifically in the Language Arts, the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare should be continued to be studied and analyzed for its unique and clever uses of English dialect.
One creative use of language in the play is its imagery. Shakespeare uses it at several points to help his audience better understand the emotions of the characters. For instance, Friar...
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Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
'Romeo and Juliet' takes place in Verona, Northern Italy. The city is
divided by civil war between two noble families, the Capulets and the
Montagues. The feud is an old one, from 'ancient grudge to new
mutiny'. The cause of this 'ancient grudge' is not known; there seems
no solution and just pure hate. Then out of this hate comes a 'pair of
star-crossed lovers' to 'take their lives.'
This tragedy of Romeo and Juliet seems unstoppable right from the
start. Throughout the play the audience watches that 'fearful passage
of their death-mark'd love'. But who was responsible for the tragedy
of the two...
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In the classic play Romeo and Juliet, Friar Laurence plays a major part. Romeo and Juliet trusted him entirely as he was the priest of their town. They turned to the Friar for help and advice at a few crucial points in the play. Little did these two lovers know that their decision to turn to Friar Laurence for help would eventually lead to their deaths. Friar Laurence was responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet because he married Romeo and Juliet, he was afraid of committing a sin, and because of his faulty plan for saving Juliet from a marriage to Paris.
One of the main reasons that Friar Laurence was held accountable for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is because he married them....
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Reckless actions lead to untimely deaths. In Shakespeare’s tragedy “Romeo and Juliet”, both protagonists fight for their hopeless love. Bloodshed and chaos appear inevitable in fair Verona; Romeo and Juliet come from enemy households, the Montegues and the Capulets, who have sworn to defeat one another. The young and handsome Romeo weeps over his unrequited love for Rosaline, until he lays his eyes on Juliet. Strong and independent, Juliet seeks to escape her family’s will to marry her off to Paris, a kinsman of the Prince. Fate ties these adolescents’ lives together binding them to witness the ill-fortunes of Romeo and Juliet’s love. Romeo and Juliet prove themselves woefully impulsive...
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Fate, for better or worse, interrupts everyone’s daily life, whether he/she chooses to acknowledge it or not. Thinking about fate conjures up different feelings for different people; some people believe strongly in it, some people think of fate as ridiculous, and some do not care one way or the other. However, in many instances, such as in William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, far too many coincidences occur to be strictly coincidental. Fate creates a powerful effect throughout the entire play, starting in the prologue, continuing as Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love, and tragically ending in the lovers’ deaths. ...
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Romeo and Juliet is a romantic love story about a young lad named Romeo who has fallen in love with Lady Juliet, but is unable to marry her because of a long-lasting family feud. The play ends in the death of both these characters and the reunion of the friendship between the families. Romeo is in love with Juliet, and this is a true, passionate love (unlike the love Paris has for her or the love Romeo had for Rosaline) that nothing can overcome, not even the hatred between their two families that is the reason for the death of their two children. Throughout the play, Shakespeare thoroughly explores the themes of both true love and false love and hatred. Without either of these themes, the...
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While secondary characters are less important than the main characters of the book, they often have a noteworthy impact on the story. In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, a secondary character, Friar Lawrence, plays a vital role throughout the play. The play takes place in Verona and focuses on Romeo and Juliet, two star-crossed lovers from two feuding families; the Montagues and the Capulets. The extremely violent feud between these families has been ongoing for generations, extending out to even the serving men of both houses. Romeo and Juliet must profess their love in secret because of the quarrel between their parents. This is a catalyst in triggering tragic events, consisting of...
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Does Romeo and Juliet show that good intentions are no match for
At the opening of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ we are told that, “Two
households, both alike in dignity… From ancient grudge break to new
mutiny.” This is the cause of both, Romeo and Juliet’s death and peace
between the two families. Already, within the first three lines of the
prologue, we are told what is going to happen. “A pair of star cross’d
lovers take their life” Somebody is going to die, because of a deep
rooted feud between the lovers’ families. ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is a
tragedy - in the traditional sense - that Romeo and Juliet (the main
characters) die because of the fault of someone else.
In this play,...
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Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
When William Shakespeare wrote ‘Romeo & Juliet’ he told a tale of “A
pair of star crossed lovers”. The role of fate plays an important role
in the play. The themes of conflict, love, revenge, religion & destiny
all tie in with the role of fate. Romeo & Juliet were both born into
and “ancient grudge” fuelled by two formidable families, the Capulets
Fate plays a very important role in the play, and at the end of the
play we come to the tragic deaths of Romeo & Juliet. During Act 1,
scene 5, illustrations of death are prompted by fate; Juliet seems to
know what would happen. “My grave is to...
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Love is a very powerful force which some believe has the capability to overpower hate. Within the play, Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare displays various events in which the characters convey the message that love can conquer all. The characters in this play continue to forgive the ones they love, even under harsh circumstances. Additionally, Shakespeare effectively demonstrates how Romeo and Juliet’s love for one another overpowers significant emotional scenes within the play, including the feuding between their two families. Furthermore, by the end of the play the reader sees how love defeats the shock of death and how Romeo and Juliet’s love ends the ancient feud between the...
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Conflict in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet is a tragic play about the love relationship between
the young Romeo and Juliet, who belong to 2 ancient family names that
hold a grudge against each other, the Montagues and the Capulets.
There are also many other conflicts which ultimately stop Romeo and
Juliet form being together. The story was written by the famous play
writer, William Shakespeare, and originated the poem, 'the Tragicalle
Historye' of Romeo and Juliet written in 1452. Throughout the play
conflict is a very important issue and was the main reason the
relationship ended in tragedy.
In Romeo and Juliet, conflict...
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What is love? Is it an object? Is it a feeling? Is it even attainable? Love is everything, it is an object, it is an emotion, and it cannot be bought, stolen, given. Love can only be found. Love is discovered in the most unthinkable places during the most unimaginable times. It can never be predicted who you fall in love with or when you do but all you do know is that you are in love and you would give anything for that person, and for your love to always stay resilient through all other obstacles and distractions. In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Montague’s and Capulet’s are know and expected to hate each other until the miracle of love presented its self. Romeo is a Montague and...
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‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare incorporates the theme of conflict through many different characters and situations. The definition of conflict is “a fight, battle, or struggle; especially a prolonged struggle; strife” The play mainly focuses on the tragic lives of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet; the two characters belong to the Montague and Capulet households respectively, which have held ongoing grudges against each other for years. The play ends with both main characters committing suicide, to be together in heaven. As with many of Shakespeare’s works, the theme of conflict is a strong one. For a start, there is the ongoing conflict between the two families; the Montagues and...
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Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
The play, Romeo and Juliet, involves plenty of bad luck and misfortune
leads to the deaths of these star crossed lovers. Romeo and Juliet are
referred to as, "star
crossed lovers" because they were destined to fall in love and die a
tragic death. The stars
have decided that they would fall in love and die, with everyone else
the stars have
decided their future. The audience were given hints that Romeo and
Juliet were going to
die when the prologue stated, "Death-mark'd love." This gives a
warning of what to
expect. There are several incidences that symbolise...
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Whether it is the 1500s or the new millennium, love is still essentially the same although with some differences in customs. Romeo and Juliet is the very epitome of love in Shakespeare’s time.
Marriage in Shakespeare’s time mostly served as a union of two parties interested in acquiring property, money or political alliances. Few ever married for love.
Most girls were married at 14 or 15. In Shakespeare's famous play, Romeo and Juliet, the readers are able to see the significance of age in marriage. Juliet's mother, Lady Capulet, demonstrates the fact that it was possible to marry off a daughter at the extremely young age of 14 years old. Juliet is 13 when the plays starts and Lady...
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Don’t you hate it when something doesn’t turn out the way you wanted it to? When you care so deeply about something and sacrifice so much just so that it can happen, but despite it all, ends in ruins. This is the theme of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In this tragic tale, two fated lovers risk everything, even life itself, to be with one another. They go against family, friends and fate to be together. Had premonitions in the play been taken more seriously by key characters, tragedy could have been avoided.
In the play we read of many warnings which, had they been heeded, would have saved the lives of Romeo and Juliet. Warnings such as the Prologue and Romeo’s first dream, “From forth...
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In modern times, and in the Elizabethan era, fate plays an important
role in people's lives. Many people believe it to be written in stone, and
unchangeable. Many others believe it to be controlled by a person's own
actions. In Romeo and Juliet, fate is one of the main themes, described as
having power over many of the events in the play. Fate is often called upon,
wondered about, and blamed for mishaps. However, where fate is blamed in the
play as the ultimate cause for a mishap, there is always an underlying action,
or combination of them, on the part of human beings that decides the
consequences. Human weakness, the loss of self-control, is always the direct
cause of a bad choice...
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"Some Shall Be Pardoned and Some PunishÀd." Who is responsible for the tragedy of "Romeo and Juliet"? There are many people involved in the tragedy of "Romeo and Juliet", but no one person is directly responsible. The tragedy is initiated by Romeo and Juliet falling in love because fate has pre-destined their meeting. All the other characters play a role in helping indirectly the scenes of misfortune take place. If the feud had never taken place, there would not be the hostility and rivalry between the two families. Overall many things lead to the tragedy, but there is no single person responsible.The feud causes many problems arising in the play. The prologue supports this when it...
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In my essay I will be discussing the many ways in which Shakespeare causes us to feel sympathy towards Romeo and Juliet in the final scene of the play, after a brief summary of the events previous. In the beginning, Romeo and Juliet meet each other for the first time at a party. They fall in love and eventually decide to get married. As a result of Romeo killing Tybalt for revenge, he is banished from Verona. Juliet is being forced to marry Count Paris. A plan comes about that Juliet is to be drugged which would cause her to appear dead and therefore preventing her from having to marry Paris. However Romeo fails to receive the details of the plan and thinks that she is dead. He therefore...
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Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
A definition of fate would be the power that is supposed to settle
ahead of time how things will happen. In the famous play Romeo and
Juliet, written by Shakespeare, the two young lovers ended up becoming
a large part of what could be called fate. This ultimate power seemed
to control their lives and it forced them together. I think it was
fate however which ended their parents hatred for each other, some
people say if it wasn't for the unexpected fate, Romeo and Juliet
wouldn't have both died in the tragic way which they did. In this
essay I am aiming to come to a conclusion, in deciding to what extent
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Tybalt in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
In the play "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare, Tybalt,
the nephew of Capulet's wife (hence Juliet's cousin) is very
close to the Capulet family and will therefore do anything to
protect the family pride. Tybalt thinks that the Montagues are
the canker of Verona ; he deems their mere presence in Capulet
company to be a personal insult on the latter's family 'honour
and stock' (he paranoically assumes that Romeo's attendance of
the Capulet's masked ball is solely 'to fleer and scorn at our
solemnity'). Tybalt is the...
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Lady Capulet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
A woman during the 16th century did not have the freedoms that a woman today enjoys. During Shakespeare’s life wives were not allowed the independence they take pleasure in today. Therefore, the role of the mother for Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is not commanding or authoritative because of the time period Shakespeare lived.
The role of a wife must be looked at in order to understand and appreciate Juliet’s mother. When a couple was married during the 16th century, Susan Amussen said it was the beginning of a partnership, but not one of equal proportions. The husband is awarded all the power in the family. He represents the...
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Language in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet was written in the late 16th century by William
Shakespeare, a time when the language was very different to the
English we speak today.
I have seen several different productions of Romeo and Juliet:
Firstly, Baz Luhrmann's modern film, which I really enjoyed and easily
understood. This was because Luhrmann's version transposed the action
into the 21st century, with drugs, alcohol, car, firearms and a modern
set, so that I could easily identify and relate to it. Zefferili's
old-fashioned film is probably more how Shakespeare imagined his play
to be, as it is portrayed with a...
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Mercutio in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Mercutio adds energy to the play yet ironically also hastens the
tragedy with his impetuous actions. He has a vivid imagination and
frolicsome personality with his name derived from the adjective
'mercurial'. This gives an excellent description of the young man's
vibrant, quick-witted, volatile nature. His strong sense of humour
often turns into bawdy innuendos; "open arse and thou a poperin pear,"
as he teases Romeo the romantic. Indeed Mercutio is used as a dramatic
foil to Romeo's love loin "soul of lead." The death of this vivacious
character suddenly creates a tragic, disconcerting impact on the
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Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is about two star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, forbidden to be together because of feuding families. Countless people contribute to Romeo and Juliet’s predestined fate and misadventures. This ultimately leads to Romeo and Juliet’s suicide. Who is more to blame for Romeo and Juliet’s death? Although Juliet acts rashly, Romeo is more to blame.
Furthermore, Romeo starts the whole tragedy. True, Juliet acts naïve, nonetheless Romeo acts hastily by encouraging the relationship. Prior to Romeo and Juliet’s encounter, Romeo is in an infatuation with Rosaline. In Act 1.1, Romeo depicts Rosaline's beauty and says, "She is too fair, too wise, wisely too fair."...
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Character Development Essay
The play "Romeo and Juliet", from William Shakespeare is a dramatic love story. The characters in this play have static and dynamic conflicts. Internal conflicts is a conflict where the person has trouble making a decision. External conflict is when a another person, society, or a situation gets in the way of the character. In this essay I will prove that Juliet is a dynamic character.
"What say you? can you love the gentleman? This night you shall behold him at our feast; Read o'er the volume of young Paris' face, And find delight writ there with beauty's pen; Examine every married lineament, And see how one another lends content; And...
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Conflict in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Conflict meaning 'a state of opposition or a fight or struggle' is
used in all good dramas, old and new. It makes the drama interesting.
Conflict is mostly used by dramatists and script writers to make
audiences interested in the drama, tense and wonder what will happen
next. The play 'Romeo and Juliet' has to have a conflict because; it
is one of the main themes in the play. The disagreements and fight
between the two family, that is Capulet and he Montague, their
children Romeo and Juliet who truly were in love with each other end
up dying. So, after this incident, the quarrels stop between the two
families. The whole play...
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Love. In all its facets and colors, love is understood and accepted as a concept by even the most primitive cultures. But what is love? Many writers have debated this subject. Many works have been produced detailing the understanding individuals had of the concept of love.
The more accepted conception of love is usually found in Romeo & Juliet. Many people refer to it as love at first sight, in French, “le coup de foudre”, as if you had just been struck by a lightning bolt. This interpretation dates back to the courtly love tradition which manifested during the late Middle Ages, first through chivalry and then more openly among the nobility. In fact, many references to the courtly...
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The Rash Romeo in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
In the play Romeo and Juliet, Romeo’s actions are rash throughout the play. For example, Romeo does not consider the consequences of his actions when he insists on marrying Juliet. Also, Romeo shows rashness when he kills Tybalt. Finally, Romeo is rash when he kills himself. Rashness is a quality that haunts Romeo throughout the play.
One of Romeo’s acts that shows his rashness is his marrying Juliet. After Juliet says that she does not want to marry Romeo, he persists and says that he wants “Th’ exchange of thy love’s faithful vow for mine” (2.2.134). Romeo does not consider the consequences of their marriage. He...
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The Character of Juliet in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
In the play Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare reveals a complex character, Juliet, who has a multifaceted personality. Even so, the essence of Juliet's identify is her youth. Her inexperience gives her a lovable freshness. This is first demonstrated in the famous balcony scene when she is talking to herself. Her question, "What's in a name?" suggests a very childlike quality. It's her way of paraphrasing the question, "Why?" Children often ask this question without even thinking about it. As the scene progresses, she proposes to Romeo. She is so artless and untraditional in this regard. Nowadays, society has given women more...
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Romeo And JulietIn this essay I will explore how Juliet transforms from an obedient, nondependent child into a very independent mature young woman. I will focus on the soliloquy and discuss how the audience relates to dramatic Juliet as Shakesphere dramatically develops her character.Romeo and Juliet is the story of two 'star crossed lovers' united by love and divided by their feuding families. Their tragic deaths caused are by the eternal love they have for each other against the impossibility of a happy life together, because of a family feud.At the start of the play Juliet is very innocent and naive. She has no experience of the world and accepts everything she is told. She has no...
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Romeo and Juliet is a renowned play of the prestigious writer Shakespeare which has received a lot of praise and appreciation. The way Shakespeare describes the characters through their speech makes him immortal. He has the ability to build the characters strongly with whom the audience could relate. He even invented his own rhyme scheme and designed good plots with timeless stories. He could write about any situation which a person normally encounters and introduced new words which are used till date. Romeo and Juliet was a classic love story of forbidden love. The power in the story is incredible where the two lovers loved each other unconditionally and sacrificed their lives in an...
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How does Baz Luhrmann update Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet for a modern audience?The Baz Luhrmann has crafted his own interpretation of William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' to be relevant to the modern audience. Luhrmann was highly effective at recreating characters from Shakespeare's play to be modernised. Firstly the main character who had been changed most from the original was Lady Capulet.In the original play, Lady Capulet was much nicer to Juliet. Lady Capulet respected Juliet's obedience until she fell in love with Romeo. This was also portrayed in the first half of the movie. When Juliet had fallen in love with Romeo, she became less obedient which caused the Lady Capulet in the...
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Aristotle proposed what is believed to be the first definition of a true tragedy. Specifically, he states that a tragedy triggers great pity and fear caused by the main characters’ actions alone. Likewise, a true tragedy lacks coincidence and fate plays little in the overall play. William Shakespeare writes the play of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in which the audience knows the destiny of these two tragic heroes from the very beginning. Although this play is tragic knowing that the lives of two lovers are lost, it is not a tragedy as Romeo and Juliet are not solely responsible for their own deaths. Destiny is determined through the hands of greater forces than that of Romeo and Juliet,...