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Analysis of Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet coursework The scene opens on Romeo and Juliet after their wedding night and, despite the dangers and risks facing them, Shakespeare creates an atmosphere of love, devotion and playfulness between them. At the start of the scene Romeo knows he must go because of the hatred and the differences between their families however Juliet, very much in love with him, insists that he stay for longer as she can not stand to be without him, the love between them is clear as is shown by Juliet's language, as she calls Romeo her 'love' the language used by her shows their sadness and reluctance to leave each other when they realise that it is growing lighter and going from night to morning they realise they must depart from each other Juliet tells him he must or he will be found and be killed by her family. Romeo responds to this with 'let me be put to death' this statement shows how he is willing to lose his life and die for Juliet. Also, an atmosphere of sadness is created between them in how Juliet describes him as her 'life' as if to say if Romeo was to leave it would be like her losing her life to her again this also shows how committed she is to him having known each other for only a few days. ...read more.

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here it shows his confusion as he asks his wife to explain to him how it is possible Juliet has refused his "decree". Another reason for him to be confused as to why she would disobey him is that he had found his daughter the best groom she could ever hope for 'it makes me mad... a gentleman of noble parentage of fair demise youthful and nobly trained... to answer I'll not wed I cannot love' this shows his outrage and confusion as to why she would say no to the proposed marriage, as he does not know of her marriage to Romeo and only cares that she is disobeying him for what seems like no reason. However, these emotions may make the audience pity him but the other emotions he displays make the audience hate and despise him, throughout his rage with Juliet he threatens her and insults her 'my fingers itch... die in the streets for by my soul I'll ne'er acknowledge thee' the threats he uses her show the violent extremes that he is prepared to go to even as far as beating his daughter to ensure that she does not disobey him and that his honour and reputation aren't shattered by her disobedience. Throughout his rage Juliet begs her father to understand her without reason '[kneeling] good father I beseech you on my knees hear me with ...read more.

Conclusion

However her response is not one that Juliet enjoys as she tells her to forget Romeo and to let their relationship die and marry instead Paris so she may be happy in a second wedlock, Juliet cannot believe that she would say this as it was the nurse who encouraged her to seek Romeo 'speakst thou from thy heart?' at first it seams as if Juliet is thankful for her advice however when she leaves Juliet's final words in the scene reveal the truth 'Ancient damnation! O most wicked fiend! Is it more sin to wish me thus forsworn, Or to dispraise my lord with that same tongue Which she hath praised him with above compare So many thousand times? Go, counselor; Thou and my bosom henceforth shall be twain. I'll to the friar, to know his remedy: If all else fail, myself have power to die.' Here her suicidal response is both shocking and surprising to both modern and Elizabethan audiences as the main character committing suicide would be a huge twist in the story line In conclusion I thought the scene demonstrated several ways in that shake spear made the play dramatic, and how he was a brilliant writer of his time. The one scene alone has deception, love, anger, hatred, joy, happiness, and anticipation built into it which structure it and make it an enjoyable tale to see and hear which is why it is still one of the most influential love stories ever produced. Alex Treanor. ...read more.

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