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Romeo and Juliet. Explore the difference in Romeo's love for Juliet in act 1.

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Romeo and Juliet. Explore the difference in Romeo's love for Juliet in Act 1 Scene 1/Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 2 Scene 2 -The way the characters are presented. -The language Shakespeare uses. -How an audience would respond William Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet in 1595. In this play love, conflict and hate appear throughout the play. This play is a deep tragedy with little humour. The plot of this play is that Romeo has fallen in love with a girl called Rosaline but they have fallen out and are currently not seeing each other and Romeo is sad because of this. Romeo and his friends gatecrash a party that is hosted by the Capulets. There he meets a new love Juliet. A girl he falls in love with more so than Rosaline as she is now a distant memory. This event sets up the story perfectly. The main themes of this play are love, conflict and hate as Romeo states, "Here's much to do with hate, but more with love". Dramatic irony and dramatic impact are used in this play to create an extraordinarily ironic ending that also has a strong impact on everyone, characters and audience. ...read more.

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My life is my foe's debt". Juliet then realises that Romeo is a Montague and says, "My only love sprung from my only hate". Juliet obviously feels the same way about Romeo as he does with her. Juliet goes on to say, "My grave is like to be my wedding bed", and this shows that Juliet loves Romeo so much that she thinks their love will end only when they die. This is the first time Juliet speaks in such a sombre mood, this image of death appears throughout the play. Act 1 Scene 5 is a vital part of the play as it sees the first introduction of Dramatic irony when Romeo and Juliet both find out that they dome form families that had deep hate for each other. Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time and instantly fall in love. The audience now realise that Juliet is a Capulet, where as Romeo is still madly in love as so is Juliet. The Capulets nurse informs them that Romeo is a Montague. The audience's reaction would be one of shock and suspense. In Act 2 Scene 2 Juliet is on the balcony of her home and Romeo (unknown to Juliet) ...read more.

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The lessons are mainly based around Romeo and Juliet. I think that Shakespeare is trying to tell us that if you are ever in love you should take it slowly and not to rush into these things. It all adds to the drama of the play as they fall in love not knowing each other's backgrounds and the families they come from. During 16th Century the females of the families had their husbands chosen for them and the Capulet's didn't choose Romeo to be Juliet's wife, this meant that there relationship was doomed from the start and I think the audience realised this, as it was the way Shakespeare wrote those particular scenes. This is another good use of Dramatic irony by Shakespeare as Romeo and Juliet didn't slow down to look at their situation, because of this they paid a heavy price as did their families: death. Romeo and Juliet is a classic story and this is very true as most of the modern day films and drama's follow the same outline of the plot in Romeo and Juliet. All through the play the lover's fate is being sealed. Through Romeo and Juliet's words as well as the other characters their fate is being sealed. This does not ruin a surprise ending it instead makes it all the more dramatic and tense for the audience. Ben Whitehead ...read more.

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