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'How does Shakespeare make us aware of the gulf between Romeo & Juliet?'

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Introduction

'How does Shakespeare make us aware of the gulf between Romeo & Juliet?' Throughout Romeo and Juliet, the differences, not only between Romeo and Juliet, but throughout all of Verona, are exaggerated within the two families, Capulet and Montague. The two families hatred for each other has forced a crack throughout fair Verona, and it is only kept under control by the Prince. Within the play, there are characters other than Romeo and Juliet, who are also opposite. Normally, this wouldn't make us more aware of the gulf between Romeo and Juliet, however, these other characters are either sided on Romeo's - the Montague side, or Juliet's - the Capulet's side. ...read more.

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Friar Laurence's main role in the play is the provider of poison, to which he gave to Juliet. He promised it would, "run a cold and drowsy humour, for no pulse shall keep his native progress, but surcease. No warmth, no breath, shall testify thou liv'st". Basically, Friar Laurence supplies Juliet with a special potion, which will fake her death for 42 hours, when she shall stop breathing, her pulse will stop, and the colour in her cheeks will fade. Juliet believes the cleric, and his special potion works, precisely how it is supposed to. Romeo does quite the opposite. When he discovers that Juliet has died, (she has really taken the special potion, faking her death), Romeo storms back into Verona, even ...read more.

Conclusion

Within this part of the play there are several differences between Romeo and Juliet's plans of action. Juliet goes to see a well respected, man of the cloth, who is also a friend. Friar Laurence comes up with the idea, of supplying her with a poison, which he promises will not really kill her, but make it look as If she has died. The only obligation the Friar has is that of good intention. Romeo, on the other hand, goes to a city from which has been banished, and visits an Apothecary, who is a total stranger to him. Romeo comes up with the plan of buying the lethal poison himself, and even though the Apothecary is very much against wanting to sell the poison, he does so, so he can buy food to live on. ...read more.

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