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“Romeo and Juliet” - Love.

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"Romeo and Juliet" :Love "Romeo and Juliet" is a love tragedy based in a patriarchal society where male dominance and rape is highly over rated. Romeo and Juliet engage in a forbidden relationship over the high tension and feud between their bickering families which Shakespeare exacerbates throughout the play. Despite the family feud, the pair decide to let their perpetual love conquer all. Shakespeare immediately alerts the audience of the catastrophic storyline with his use of oxymorons which he includes in the prologue, where universal imagery is found; "Two Star-crossed lovers" This hints the young couple feeling trapped and desperate to be free to love one another. The stars in this quote signifies their love, the tension and the feud being darkness surrounding them, but as stars twinkle in the black night this proves their love is enduring in spite of the situation. In Act 1, scene 1 straight away we are immersed in the fight scenes accompanied by the violent action which would have entertained the groundings. "Push Montague's men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall" "I will cut off their heads, their maidenheads" This refers to the serving men taking the Montague maid's virginities. The quote also shows violence and power. "Put up your swords, you know not what you do" "Do you bite your thumb at us sir?" Some other quotes showing how much the two families despise one another which meant even risking their own lives just to show how courageous one was. ...read more.

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This makes it the ideal form of dialogue which does not rhyme and is composed of lines, iambic pentameters. This is an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. The five iambs in a row make a line of iambic pentameter. "But soft, what light though yonder window breaks?" Above is an example of a line containing an iambic pentameter. "Her waggoner a small grey-coated gnat, Not half so big as a round little worm Pricked from the lazy finger of a maid. And in this state she gallops night by night Through lovers' brains, and they dream of love, O'er courtiers' knees, that dream on cur'sies straight" Here we see Shakespeare using the iambic pentameter quite differently for Mercutio when describing his dream of Queen Mab. The syllables vary in each line but follows more closely the rhythm of speech. Shakespeare sometimes divides a line into two by a pause and many of the lines run on and, where necessary, his lines contain more than the ten syllables. But where necessary for his effects, Shakespeare may shorten lines or make them longer in order to express his meaning, or use enjambment where one line flows into the next. "O swear not but the moon, th' inconstant moon, That changes in her circled orb, lest that thy love prove likewise variable." "Give me that mattock and the wrecking iron. Hold take this letter; early in the morning See thou deliver it to my lord and father. ...read more.

Conclusion

"A dateless engrossing Death! Come, bitter conduct, come unsavoury guide! The dashing rocks thy seasick weary bark! Here's to my love! O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die" When Juliet wakes up from her sleep she finds Romeo dead and stabs herself with Romeo's dagger. Juliet's direct speech is shorter than Romeo's as Juliet feels guilty and is in grief, both emotionally and physically. "Poison I see hath been his timeless end. O churl, I drunk all and left no friendly drop To help me after? I will kiss thy lips" As Friar Lawrence tells Juliet the watch is coming she stabs herself before they ask her why she's still alive and what's been going on, Juliet does this to save herself and to be with her husband, Romeo. "Yeah, noise? Then I'll be brief. O happy dagger, This is thy sheath; there rust and let me die." Love triumphs in the end because the two families are united. So although Romeo and Juliet have to die, love wins in the end-in an odd way. The Capulets and Montagues learn to re-unite because of the tragic death that the feud brought. Both County Paris and Romeo die because of Juliet and she kills herself because Romeo is dead. " Go hence to have more talk of these sad things, Some shall be pardoned, and some punished: For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo" ...read more.

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