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Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet The setting of Romeo and Juliet comes from an Italian background and it was set long before Shakespeare wrote it. The mixture of an Elizabethan and Italian society is given Marriage is very different to nowadays first of all it wouldn't be your choice who you marry; the husband would be chosen from an Allis to the family Capulet and Montague would never be put together, secondly, the bride was usually younger; in the play Juliet was 14 when she married Romeo. This I part of the historical setting of the play. The central theme and idea of the play is that of Courtly love, love had to be addressed, there were rules and expectations of how lovers should behave this is called aristocracy. Another thing with courtly love is that you could only marry in your social class. If you were in love with someone of a higher social class they would probably be already married therefore unobtainable. In courtly love woman had to be coy therefore a young mans desire would be inflamed. The man would try and please the woman. This is traditional Elizabethan love. Romeo fulfils these Elizabethan expectations as the audience expects. ...read more.

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Therefore if the nurse hadn't have sneaked Romeo in Juliets father could have had the marriage annulled. The role of the nurse is very important in this scene. There are lots of contrasts in the play; "my only love sprang from my only hate" There is more dramatic irony in the play when Juliet is talking to her mother about Romeo, what she is saying has double meanings what Lady Capulet hears is different to what the audience hear. Juliet uses puns and innuendoes when talking to her mother. Juliet says "dead is my poor heart" saying to the audience that she would be upset if Romeo died but the way Shakespeare places the words, implies to Lady Capulet that Juliet wants Romeo dead for killing Tybalt. Shakespeare uses lots of antithesis in most of his plays, Especially in Romeo and Juliet like his continuous contrast of night and day. "It was the nightingale and not the lark." Another example of antithesis in this scene alone is when Shakespeare describes the contrast with growing light, which signals more sorrow for Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

Conclusion

Shakespeare always uses rhyming couplets to signify the end of the pay or scene. Shakespeare includes extreme dramatic tension when Juliet has her premonition about Romeo's death "O God, I have an ill-divining soul! Methinks I see thee now thou art so low, as one dead in the bottom of a tomb. Either my eyesight fails or thou look'st pale." This is also dramatic irony, as the audience knows this is going to happen. Another example of dramatic irony is when Juliet is crying over Romeo and Lady Capulet wrongly assumes that it is over her cousin Tybalts death. Shakespeare is very clever with the structure and where he places the words effect how the character or audience hear it. Juliet says "Indeed, I never shall be satisfied with Romeo, till I behold him - dead (she completes the sentence with out pausing) is my poor heart" This is portrayed to her mother as if she dislikes Romeo but the audience hear dead is my poor heart saying that she loves him and without him her heart would be dead. There is more dramatic irony to come when Lady Capulet announces Juliet's marriage to Paris, but what Lady Capulet doesn't know is that she is already married to Romeo. By Sara Roberts 10.1 ...read more.

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