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How does Shakespeare prepare the ground for the meeting of Romeo and Juliet?

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English Coursework On Romeo and Juliet How does Shakespeare prepare the ground for the meeting of Romeo and Juliet I am going to do an essay on all of act 1, that's scene's 1to5 of the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. In this play there are two families's who are worst of enemies. They are the Montague's and the Capulet's. Romeo is part of the family Capulet's and Juliet part of the family Montague's. Although the two family's are almost at war Romeo and Juliet fall in love at first sight! Shakespeare does this in many ways. The first and probably the most obvious is the prologue. Romeo is Lord Mercutio's son and Juliet is Lord Capulet's daughter. Shakespeare uses the prologue to inform the audience the "bare bones" of the story about to be presented. This emphasises the "love and hate" and "Star crossed love" is shown which also includes "death" and the "raising of expectations" the prologue also shows the "lovers as victims of circumstances." ...read more.

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They are all examples informing the audience of the hatred of the Montague's and Capulet's. Shakespeare makes various attitudes to love an marriage shown as a back cloth to the eventual love of Romeo and Juliet, which is so powerful that each is prepared to die than live without the other. Lady Capulet is a materialist. She thinks Paris would make Juliet a Suitable husband he is wealthy and of suitable states. "So shall you share all that he doth posses by having him, making yourself no less." Paris is conventional, polite and sticks to all the rules. In act 1 scene 2 seeks Juliet's fathers approval BEFORE courting Juliet. He say's to Capulet, "But now, my lord, What say you to my suit?" He does not argue with Capulet when Capulet say's he must be patient. Benvolio is a sensible and practical person who has the attitude that if Rosaline won't have you find someone else, towards the end of act 1 scene 1 he tells Romeo to "forget to think of her, examine other beauties he advises." ...read more.

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This is Ironic because, he will actually forget Rosaline the minute he sees Juliet." The audience first impressions of Juliet in act 1 scene 3 are- That she is a dutiful daughter, direct, ready to do as her parents say and very direct in all she says, e.g. "Madam, I am here, what is your will?" and "I look to like, if looking like move, but no more deep will I endart my mine eye, then your consent gives strength to make it fly." Romeo's key speech on seeing Juliet, shows he has fallen in love with her, his opening line "O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright." This shows she is falling for him, a shining presence even brighter than the flaming torch which light the reason. The explorative 'O' shows sincere amazement. There was quite a lot of tension at the party caused by tybalt, because if Romeo would have been evicted from the party, Romeo and Juliet would never have met. By Michael Gillett 10.3 ...read more.

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