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How does this section of Romeo and Juliet reflect upon and illuminate the text?

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ENGLISH COURSEWORK ESSAY (ROMEO & JULIET) How does this section of Romeo and Juliet reflect upon and illuminate the text? The characters are utilised by Shakespeare to highlight a sense of loss and desperation. The "Captain" who is a neutral figure, expresses a sense of remorse and sadness when he sees Romeo and Juliet's dead bodies as a "pitiful site", also illuminating a sense of universal suffering. Juliet's "newly dead" body is used so that the agony and pain of her death is felt again universally. Romeo and Juliet are described as "piteous woes" which portrays them as one and as abstractions of sadness which emphasises the loss and despair of a romantic pair. The words "trembles, sighs and weeps" are listed characteristics of suffering used to highlight a sense of loss and nervousness. The shock and astonishment of Romeo and Juliet's death is highlighted by the repetition of "dead" showing how unexpected this tragedy really was. Tybalt's death is exaggerated when Romeo and Juliet's marriage day is described as "Tybalt's doomesday" increasing the magnitude of desperation and sadness. ...read more.

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The fact that the families are unaware adds a sense of mystery and shows more clearly the rushed fickle and spontaneous nature of the marriage. When Montague asks "What further woe conspires against mine age?" it shows bad luck, dual responsibility and the loss of youth and innocence. Shakespeare plays upon a maternal instinct when Juliet is described as a "daughter" for the first time, which is much less formal and emotional, conveying a real image of suffering and grieving. Shakespeare uses Romeo and Juliet's "st'len marriage day" to portray a sense of immorality and negativity. When "Juliet pined" it reminds us of the rushed and hasty marriage. When Juliet is described as "doing violence to her self", it presents to us a literal reading of suicide, but also lays a wider and inferred blame on Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare describes the nurse as "privy" to show the nurses responsibility in keeping secret. Shakespeare highlights a sense of resolution and end to trouble by conveying subtle hints through the use of his characters. ...read more.

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In this section Shakespeare uses tragic aspects to highlight tragedy towards the end. The Princes advice is to have "patience" and slow down which is an ironic reminder that Romeo and Juliet's fatal flaw was that they rushed in to their love and marriage. Friar advised Romeo and Juliet to slow down and "bear this work of heaven with patience" but they still remained rushed which is Shakespeare's way of reminding us of Romeo's hubris. The Friar wants his "old" life to be sacrificed emphasising even more the loss of youth, innocence and change. There is a hint that the two families have not learnt anything from this great tragedy when Montague says "I can give thee more" which shows that the two families are still competitive and are both desperate to prove themselves better. There is an implication that they are still interested in materialism when the "statue" will be raised in pure gold which is another superficial attempt to show the power and wealth of the families. When this tragedy is described as a "story" it undermines the sense of real suffering and denigrates Romeo and Juliet's love. ?? ?? ?? ?? Hasan Syed 11ne ...read more.

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