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By a close analysis of the language, form and structure of Acts 1 and 2, consider the ways in which love is depicted and how Romeo and Juliet come to be married

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´╗┐By a close analysis of the language, form and structure of Acts 1 and 2, consider the ways in which love is depicted and how Romeo and Juliet come to be married In the first two acts of William Shakespeare?s ?Romeo and Juliet?, the context is set immediately, and the events follow in the form of prophecy, as the chorus told the audience what to expect straight away, therefore immediately giving the play context before the characters themselves have been seen; it states within the first few lines ?A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life?, seeming at first very simple, as the assumption is it would be Romeo and Juliet. However, interestingly, Romeo appears to be besotted with Rosaline in his first introduction. But since the audience knows the ending, they will not be distracted by suspense, but interest into how they come to take place and the language the characters use. The main depictions of love are portrayed as equally as those of hate, in a play which is considered to be a romance. This is because the circumstance in which Romeo and Juliet?s love is born is that of a deep family feud which imperatively forms a rift between them. They must both struggle with the hate they are obliged to feel for each other by their family, and the love they both believe they feel for each other, apparently instantaneously. ...read more.


Juliet is commanded by her mother to ?think of [marriage] now? so he may be able to think of loving Paris. Romeo has been ordered by his friend to seek out new women to look at, in order to get over Rosaline. As a result of this, when Juliet and Romeo meet, they are both previously influenced to look for love at the party. They speak to each other naturally in iambic pentameter, and when they first speak, in the form of a sonnet. The fact their speech falls naturally into the eloquent form of poetry shows their immediate understanding of each other. When they find out their identities, they do not renounce each other or become sorrowful, as their love is already set in their minds. Juliet says ?My only love sprung from my only hate, too early seen unknown and known too late!? Here she grieves that she did not know who he was before, but views her love as an unstoppable emotion which she must succumb to. They next meet in secret, when Romeo comes to find her and overhears her begging him to either stop being a Montague or she will no longer be a Capulet. The feud not only means that they must keep their relationship secret, but that they are ordered to hate each other. ...read more.


He is here following the tradition of courtly love, where he likeness his situation to torture and uses images of a sea of tears, ?smoke made with the fumes of sighs? and other comparisons of her beauty; with Juliet, he likeness her to a bright torch, a jewel on dark skin and a dove among crows. The images he creates of her are much more favorable and less destructive than those of Rosaline. The overall depiction of love in this play is contrasted with the context of hatred and violence set at the beginning. This hatred may be a contributing factor which drives them towards their inevitable deaths, but their love is also as destructive, as is pointed out by the Friar when he says ?these violent delights have violent ends and in their triumph die, like fire and powder, which as they kiss consume? He believes their love is so passionate that it could lead to a dangerous finale. Their love is depicted as an unstoppable, destructive force. Their marriage is a symbol of their dedication to each other and proves to be their destruction, as the subsequent events show. However, their speeches about their love, with their eloquent languages, hyperbolic language and metaphors show their true affection for each other. The sequence of events which happily leads them to be married will be equally destructive in the culmination of their deaths, as the chorus had voiced at the start of the play. ...read more.

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