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A Midsummer Night's Dream - A discussion of the

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With close reference to key speech's show how Shakespeare conveys strong emotions as he develops his tone of 'Star-crossed lovers' The prologue reveals that there are no surprises in the play but maybe plot twists. The interest is not in what happens but in perhaps in how it happens, but also in the strength of emotions/feelings and violence/violent language. There a three main emotions in the play ; violence ,pity, fear. In the prologue these are show as, Violence: new mutiny, civil blood , death , marked love and parents rage. Pity is shown thought the line 'misadventured piteous overthrows' and fear is shown thought 'the fearful passage of their death marked love. The prologue shows us that Romeo's and Juliet's fate is predetermined there love is 'death marked' After he has introduced the feuding families to the audience Shakespeare give Romeo a precognition of his fate before he gate crashes the ball page 76 Romeo's speech 'hanging in the stars' this implies that he cannot control his fate as does 'untimely death' nevertheless he goes to the party with his friends, leaving with a short prayer 'but he that hath the steerage of my course direct my sail!' ...read more.


Near the end of the friars speech on page 124 we are shown optimism 'Where thou shalt live till we can find a time' this shows that after some time Romeo will be able to come back to the city. Juliet begs Lady Capulet to delay her marriage to Paris. She asks her Nurse to give her some comfort but all the Nurse can offer her is that should marry Pairs. The Nurse does not understand the depth of Juliet's love of Romeo. The speech to Juliet in act 3 scene 5 is almost comical - 'Oh he's a lovely gentleman!' she says of Paris, 'Romeos a dishclout to him.' .Juliet has said that she has no faith now since she has lost Romeo, but he nurse ails to realise this. Juliet ironically tells the nurse she 'hast comforted me marvellous much' when the nurse leaves Juliet's language changes. She now calls the Nurse 'ancient domination,' a 'wicked fend' she severs her childhood ties with the nurse. In a sense she has suddenly grown up and go to the friar to ask advice. When she says 'if all else fail, my self have power to die,' she is no longer speaking metaphorically but is deadly serious Friar Laurence realises Juliet would rather die than marry Paris and he puts forward a desperate plan to delay the wedding for 24 hours. ...read more.


He and Paris fight and Paris is killed. Romeo opens the tomb which before was 'rotten' but is now 'full of light' before Juliet's presence. Romeo cannot believe that Juliet is still so beautiful even in death. He resolves to stay with her forever and cries 'eyes, look your last! Arms take your last embrace! And, lips, O you The doors of breath. Seal with a righteous kiss A dateless bargain to engrossing death!' Juliet awakes too late to save Romeo and so yet again these lovers are 'star-crossed': she kisses Romeo for the final time and dies. With their death the feud of the Capulet's and Montague's ends. The Prince invokes the last image of the sun which has played a part throughout the play. 'the sun for sorrow will not show his head.' Throughout the play Shakespeare uses images of nature and of heaven to convey the strong emotions of Romeo and Juliet. The hope and happiness at the beginning of the play is replaced by strong feelings of despair and images of death as the lovers are star-crossed. There is a strong feeling portrayed throughout the play that whatever Romeo and Juliet tried to do to save their love it was hopeless. It summed up by the Prince in the last two lines of the play 'for never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo. ...read more.

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