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Alex Doyle Summer 2007 Shakespeare Coursework In act 5, Scene 1 of William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' the Prince says "Some shall be pardon'd and some shall be punished." If you agree with the Prince, what do you think should happen to; (a) the Nurse; (b) Benvolio; (c) the Friar; and (d) the Parents. In the play 'Romeo and Juliet', written by William Shakespeare in 1594-1596, the Prince of Verona condemns all who were involved in the plot of the two dead lovers. I will decide how far I agree with the Prince, and how their role affects the enmity caused by the feud. During the Medieval and Renaissance periods, the power of the Italian Princes in their states and cities was almost complete. They always had a say in state politics and the affairs of the head families in their dominion, and were the most powerful people in their domain. The increasing power of the Princes was first properly recognized and put into action during the reign of the Italian Emperor, Frederick Barbarossa (1152 - 1190), who wanted to restore the role of the Emperor into supreme power. This led to a series of battles and wars between states and cities; this is how the Lombard League was formed. The princes feared loosing power, so a group of cities in the northern peninsula became allied together and marched against Barbarossa at the Battle of Legnan1179. The victory was to the Princes, so the Emperor conceded to rule from afar, and only to intervene if it was of vital importance. "It is necessary for a Prince who wishes to hold his own to know how to do wrong, and make use of it or not according to necessity." From Niccol� Machiavelli's book, 'The Prince'. This is one of the best remaining sources that we have nowadays informing us about the power Princes held within Italy during his time. ...read more.


Firstly, the Nurse was like a mother to Juliet, she raised her; breast fed her and cared for her, "Were not I thine only nurse I would say thou hadst suck'd wisdom from thy teat." When the Nurse is invited to hear about the man who has been enquiring about Julie, and "seeks you for his love", she is overjoyed and acts in every way that a mother would act. Therefore, when Juliet meets Romeo, and they become infatuated with each other, the Nurse is even more excited at the prospect of marriage. Secondly, during the preparations for the marriage, the Nurse acts as the go between, and helps formulate when and how Juliet will leave the household to wed her family's worst enemy. "Some means to come to shrift this afternoon, And there she shall at Friar Lawrence' call Be shriv'd and married." When the Nurse hears of the marriage plans she is overjoyed, but also warns Romeo that in breaking her heart it would be a "very weak dealing". When arranging for the marriage with Romeo, the Nurse shows her care and devotion by warding Romeo away from teasing Juliet, "If ye should lead her in a fool's paradise". The Nurse means that if he seduces her, then it will be very shameful conduct on his part, and would be well known of, leading not only to his disgrace, but also Juliet's, which the Nurse will not allow. After the fracas with Tybalt, and Romeo's banishment, Juliet turns to the Nurse for advice and comfort. And, again, when her father is forcing the marriage with the County Paris onto her, she goes to the Nurse for counsel: "O God! - O Nurse, how shall this be prevented?" Juliet has always turned to the Nurse when her need calls, and the Nurse has always found Juliet following her advice, so did not expect Juliet to go against her guidance. ...read more.


"Prince, as thou art true, For blood of ours shed blood of Montague." Lady Capulet is still seething and tries a different angle. Although Mercutio was neutral, he had more ties to the Montague's than the Capulet's but was still not part of either of their houses and so, in her eyes, the scales were still uneven. Only once the heir of both households had been killed, do their minds turn to peace, and through their sorrow is born a friendship which should last until all who remembered the tragic ending are no more. "Poor sacrifices of our enmity." Their sorrow is absolute and is made worse by the fact that it was their hatred that killed them, not just through the love of each other, for they were being driven apart and so they went to a place where the feud had not effect. "See what a scourge is laid upon your hate, That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love!" The "scourge" is themselves, and their joys are now gone only to be seen when others pass between the barrier of death and life. One thing that must be taken into account is that, like Tybalt, the parents are raised with the feud in them, and knew no better than to resume their parents' work in loving memory of them. Once a bond has been made it takes an even stronger one to break it. In this case, love was stronger than hate, and the feud ended in a tomb. Many other contributed to the hate that held sway for so long and are too many to name. Those related to the dead will be pardoned to some degree, others, for the example the servants and Tybalt, will be punished for keeping the feud alive for lack of anything better to do. "For never was there a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo." ?? ?? ?? ?? Alex Doyle UTA ...read more.

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