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A critical essay based on three scenes

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A critical essay based on three scenes From Rome and Juliet-Final Draft Consider the importance of these scenes in the play as a whole. You should write about: > Dramatic effect > The language of the scenes > Presentation of character > Changes in mood and tone Key themes within Romeo and Juliet are conveyed to the audience within the prologue. These themes help the audience to understand the first meeting between Romeo and Juliet and also their later meetings. Within the prologue, it is written by Shakespeare that from these two families, Romeo and Juliet are destined to fall in love; it also conveys the hatred of both families: " From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life". The audience has already been told that they are destined to fall in love, it is written in the stars and also are destined to take their own lives. The first impression that helps the reader to understand Romeo is that he is in love with a girl called Rosaline, however Romeo has been rejected. Consequently, Romeo feels very lonely and isolated, and he has also become depressed. This prepares the audience for his meeting with Juliet. ...read more.

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This is dramatic irony, as the audience already knows from reading the prologue that this will come true, as it is their destiny. Act 2 scene 2 is the second meeting where Romeo and Juliet meet. This is one of the most famous scenes in Romeo and Juliet, and also the most romantic scenes in the history of drama. This is the balcony scene where the destined lovers engage in a very poetic and romantic conversation. The mood and tone of this scene is built up by romantic conversation, firstly, Romeo speaking aloud. Romeo dominates this scene, as he is the one who pursues her. He begins the conversation in the opening of the scene. This whole scene is devoted to Romeo and Juliet's interaction. Romeo sees light in the window of the balcony, and uses a metaphor to compare Juliet to the sun: 'It is the east, and Juliet is the sun". Romeo compares Juliet to the sun, as light is essential for everyone to survive, as Juliet is essential for Romeo to live. Light is eternal and it shows security and warmth. It is also very pure. Again, within this scene, religion is used to convey Juliet's innocence: "As is a winged messenger of heaven". ...read more.

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There is again also dramatic irony in this scene: " More light and light, more dark and dark our woes!" This illustrates that there future is very bleak, becoming depressing as the day goes on. Juliet feels her life is Romeo: " Then, window, let day in, and let life out". There is another case of dramatic irony when Romeo and Juliet speak: " O think'st thou we shall ever meet again?". These words are said in innocence but the audience suspect that this will be the last time they are together alive: From these three scenes we can come to a conclusion that Romeo and Juliet's relationship was set to end in tragedy, which was their destiny. There relationship dramatically changed over the course of five days. The three scenes in which Romeo and Juliet interact all lead up to the tragic ending. The intensity of their love propelled them forward to a tragic end. Over the course of their love the audience can observe that Juliet is becoming more confident in her love for Romeo. Their seemingly desperate need for each other blinds them from behaving rationally. Their love shows intensity which shows that they were meant to be, as together as one soul. Fate and destiny has made them fall in love and also takes their lives. ?? ?? ?? ?? Muna Ali-10K8 English essay Ms Kennedy ...read more.

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