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How does the language of the first two acts reveal character differences between Romeo and Juliet?

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Shakespeare Coursework: How does the language of the first two acts reveal character differences between Romeo and Juliet? Romeo and Juliet is one of the unsurpassed most eminent love plays ever written. One of Shakespeare's incomparable, written between 1589 and 1595, was written bearing in mind the social constraints at the time: women were totally obedient to their fathers until they were to be married to their arranged husbands. Both Romeo and Juliet would be insubordinate to their families, not only because of the Capulet/Montague family rivalry but because Juliet would come across a rebel and appear disobedient to her father who she should stay attached to and subservient to until she is to marry to the man of her fathers choice. Shakespeare makes the two deal with this by making them aware of their 'dying' love for each other. It is clear that Shakespeare has portrayed the both of them determined to be together and also shows that their passion is maybe kept alive by the danger of getting caught by their families and especially Juliet's father, Old Capulet. Juliet rebels against the constraints and marries Romeo for love. The two characters are very different; Romeo seems careless young and na�ve and Juliet is portrayed as inexperienced in life and love. ...read more.

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Eastenders or James Bond; the cheesy womaniser that is, of course in an older, quieter manner; the style that involves sonnets and rhyming couplets. Romeo may be described as over elaborate with his use of similes: "Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs" and he uses many rhyming couplets: "My only love sprung from my only hate!" "Too early seen unknown, and unknown too late!" We have understood that Romeo is romantic, he speaks in sonnet and that he is na�ve and unsure of what he wants even though it may appear to be Juliet. We can understand that, quite naturally, Romeo wants Juliet to show the same attitude of love, as we can see from Act 2, Scene 6 where Juliet tells Romeo not to use so many words to endeavour and make his love known. Unfortunate for Romeo that this is another great example of him being over elaborate and his love being unrequited as with Rosaline, his first love. Juliet on the other hand is more of a quiet young girl who tries not to get into trouble with her family. Unlike Romeo, Juliet has less experience in love. You may call that a contradiction as I have explained Romeo's inexperience in love, but Juliet is less experienced in the way that she has been isolated since she was born. ...read more.

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They both share in common the thought of bad coming to the relationship, however Romeo still doesn't look out for these dangers like Juliet. Something must be attracting Juliet to Romeo, it is hard to say exactly what apart from the term: Love at first sight! Shakespeare has picked up on this and shown the two's passion for love and that nothing will get in their way. We worry for Juliet as Romeo is a na�ve and insecure, something that is proved by his loss of emotion for Rosaline, where will Juliet be? We can't help but feel that Romeo is taking advantage of Juliet, who, lets remember, has had no experience in love. The two could have lived very happy lives if it wasn't for their families. The big difference between the two is the way they accept their fate - Romeo accepts it, but Juliet, having been isolated for all her life, is wary about the outside world, and is always thinking meticulously about her actions. The two have no problem in sharing their passion for each other, just in very different ways. They eradicate every problem that lies in their path. The two may be very different but their differences compliment each other and give a wider prospect of their situation. But they both share the same passion - love. This makes them determined together and nothing will stop them. Not even death. George Taylor 31090 ...read more.

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