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In this essay I will describe how contrast is used to heighten the drama in Romeo and Juliet I will consider the characters, language and the situation and come to a conclusion on how effective this is throughout the play.

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In this essay I will describe how contrast is used to heighten the drama in Romeo and Juliet I will consider the characters, language and the situation and come to a conclusion on how effective this is throughout the play. Romeo and Juliet is a love story that ends in tragedy. It is set in Verona and Mantua in Italy, in the late 16th century, it was written by William Shakespeare. Verona at this time was very exotic, image was everything, wealth was shown in the way people dressed and spoke, Verona was the head of the spice world; it was a very wealthy town. There were many arranged marriages in Verona at this time, the most common age to marry was 14. The parents decided whom their daughters married, and girls did not leave their houses without a chaperone. In the 16th century women had practically no rights, the men were in charge of the money and if the husband in a family died the money would then be passed to the eldest son not the wife. ...read more.

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In revenge Romeo kills Tybalt and is banished from Verona. Friar Lawrence, the person who was responsible for marrying the two lovers, devises a very dangerous plan so the lovers can be together, but by a stroke of bad luck his plan ends in tragedy resulting in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. At the start of the play there is a chorus the chorus is a narrator, at the start of the play the chorus comes on stage and gives us a preview of the play, it tells us that the fighting between the Montagues and the Capulets are ended by the deaths of their children. There are many different types of contrast in the play, love & hate, public & private, fate & free will and language & reality. The contrast of love and hate in the play is very effective, all the others around Romeo and Juliet are a threat to their love, Juliet fears for Romeo's life "If they do see thee, they will murder thee."(Act 2 Scene 2). ...read more.

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Romeo feels that fate has unhappy things in store for him if he goes to the Capulet's party "... my mind misgives some consequence yet hanging in the stars..." (Act 1 Scene 5). When Romeo is banished from Verona and says farewell to Juliet, she has a vision of herself finding Romeo dead in her tomb "...Methinks I see thee now, thou art so low, as one dead in the bottom of a tomb..." (Act 3 Scene 5), Romeo later in Mantua has a dream the same as Juliet's vision "... I dreamt my lady came and found me dead..." Juliet asks, "What's in a name?" its Romeo she loves and would love him whatever his name was. Shakespeare was obsessed with the relationship between language and what they described. In the play Shakespeare shows how calling someone a Montague can create prejudice if said or heard by a Capulet or visa-versa. Overall I think the contrast of the play is very effective because it gives the play more depth, heightens the drama and makes the it more tense throughout the play, which is essential to keep the audience interested. ...read more.

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