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Describe Romeo and Juliet's love and the way it develops in the course of the play. (Look carefully at the language used and use short quotations to illustrate your answer.)

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Katherine Suzan Describe Romeo and Juliet's love and the way it develops in the course of the play. (Look carefully at the language used and use short quotations to illustrate your answer.) Shakespeare meant for his plays to be performed on a stage and not to be read, he was a very skilled play write and he made his audiences believe things that in reality could not happen in such a short space of time. Romeo and Juliet's love for one another shows their disobedience towards their parents. The houses that the pair of 'star cross'd lovers' belong to are involved in an 'ancient' feud. We are made aware of the feud before we even meet the lovers; it is the very first thing that the Chorus, who is a single person on the stage which Shakespeare and many other play writes used to calm down a disorderly audience and give background information on the play, says: 'Two households both alike in dignity In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.' Their love is ill-fated from the moment they first meet, at Capulet's party, because of the dispute that has been going on for generations. When we first meet Romeo, his father Lord Montague describes Romeo's melancholic mood, this fits exactly the contemporary ideas of lovesickness in Shakespeare's time. Lord Montague and Benvolio contrast Romeo's feelings for Rosaline and how they have changed his personality. We can see that Romeo is not himself as he says: 'Tut, I have lost myself; I am not here; This is not Romeo, he's some other where.' ...read more.

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She indirectly refers that Jove laughs at the oaths of lovers. Just as Romeo had scorned the moon for its virginity, Juliet rejects it as too variable: 'O swear not by the moon, th' inconstant moon, That monthly changes in her circled orb, Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.' Juliet is honest. She feels that she has been too easily won by Romeo: 'Or if thou think'st I am too quickly won, I'll frown and be perverse and say thee nay, So thou wilt woo; but else, not for the world.' Again Juliet allows herself to flirt with oath in calling Romeo her God. Romeo insists that he will love Juliet faithfully. Having proclaimed her love once, the basis of Juliet's expression is unstopped, and she becomes the dominant figure in the rest of the scene. This young pair know very little about each other except that they are extremely attractive and witty. Juliet's has split moods in this scene one is lead by her head and one by her heart. Her head is her practical side; her heart is spontaneous and excited. Falconry was a popular sport in Elizabethan England. Juliet is comparing Romeo to a falcon, and what she would like is for Romeo to be her falcon, she likes the idea of being able to call him back to her hand whenever she needs him: 'Hist! Romeo, hist! O for a falconer's voice, To lure this tassel-gentle back again!' When Romeo asked the Friar to marry Juliet and himself, the Friar agreed only because he is hoping that the marriage of Romeo and Juliet will put an end to feud between the houses of Montague and Capulet. ...read more.

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She feels that she may go mad in the tomb if Romeo is not there when she wakes, the horror of these images make her go mad. In the end she takes the potion for Romeo's sake: 'Romeo, Romeo, Romeo! Here's drink - I drink to thee!' Romeo's speech before taking the poison is direct and simple poetry. He is still referring to Juliet as 'light'. In the speech Romeo personifies death and accuses death of trying to keep Juliet beautiful so that death can use her for his pleasure: 'That unsubstantial death is amorous, And that the lean abhorred monster keeps Thee here in the dark to be his paramour?' He uses grotesque metaphors and similes. He appears to be preparing himself for death. 'A dateless bargain to engrossing death!' He is trying to prolong the moment. His love for Juliet is obvious at this point in the play; he drinks the poison for Juliet, 'Here's to my love!' all he wants is to be with Juliet and if they can't be together in life then the must be in death. As a result of the lovers' deaths the families are brought together. Prince Escalus makes sure that the blame is shared; he makes that very clear: 'Where be these enemies? - Capulet! Montague! See what a scourge is laid upon your hate, That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love; And I, for winking at your discords too, Have lost a brace of kinsmen. All are punished.' The prince is also blaming himself; he knows that all had a part to play is Romeo and Juliet's deaths, and this is why it is such a tragic ending which is written in a very expert way. ...read more.

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