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Compare how Romeo is presented in Act I scene I and Act II scene II.

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Romeo&Juliet unit: Essay change title to: compare how R is presented in Act I scene I and Act II scene II. In this essay I am going to compare the two scenes from the famous play, 'Romeo&Juliet' written by William Shakespeare. My essay question is to; compare how Romeo is presented in act 1 scene 1 alongside act scene 2. I will ensure that I answer this question directly in my conclusion as well as discuss the contrast between the two scenes. I will also discuss the differences and similarities between the two scenes, in the main body of my essay. The famous play 'Romeo&Juliet' is a drama of great tragedy. It is a story of the young 'star-crossed' lovers Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. They are young teenagers who fall deeply in love. However their families are bitter enemies, back from the ancient days where this grudge still carries on. Regardless of the feud, Romeo and Juliet marry in secret, by Friar Lawrence. Who believes that this marriage could be the answer to the end of this ancestral grudge of such hatred. They make every effort to conceal their actions, but with Tybalt - Juliet's cousin demanding to fight, Romeo sits back helplessly unable to explain to Tybalt why he cannot fight him. Mercutio now angry, frustrated and disappointed at Romeo, steps in to fight for Romeo. That battle only ends with with the death of Mercutio alongside a curse above the two households. Romeo now upset and angry, becomes reckless murdering Tybalt. Careless of his actions, only realises afterwards the warnings of Prince Escalus. Romeo thereafter is banished from the great land of Verona. With Romeo's banishment, Capulet and Lady Capulet are organizing the supposed to be happy wedding of Juliet aside Paris, in order to hinder away the sorrow of Paris' death. Whilst the Capulet household is gleaming with excitement, after excitement Juliet is silently soaring in her distress. ...read more.

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Romeo is presented a lovesick. For example I quote Benvolio, 'step aside. I'll know his grievance or be much denied.' this suggests Benvolio's concern for Romeos, strange erratic behaviour. Benvolio feels confident that he can find out what's wrong with Romeo. Even the line itself, indicates that there is something obviously wrong with Romeo, and Benvolio just had to be the one to be out there to go and solve it. The thing that hints, that Romeo is lovesick is the fact that Romeo, cannot speak to anyone about his problems because it is a very sensitive subject, therefore he can only reveal the problem to the people he feels most closes too, in other words to Benvolio. Another way that Shakespeare presents Romeo is; as an ignorant being not weary of the more worldly issues. For example Lady Montague states, 'Right glad I am, he was not at this fray.' not only does this reflect the relationship between mother and son but Romeo's self-interest in ancestral fights. Romeo obviously has a caring loving relationship with his mother. However there is also the hint of concern in her voice. This reflects Romeo's importance of love compared to a family feud. Romeo's ignorance is then expressed further, with a previous quote I have used, but is also appropriate to use to reflect Romeos ignorance is when; Romeo states 'O teach me how I should forget to think.' This urgent cry for help portrays Romeo's way of going against his uncontrollable emotions. Furthermore, Shakespeare uses Romeo to characterize and explore the theme of depression. Instantly Romeo is characterized as depressed. Shakespeare has accomplished this, through the device of patterns of words. For example when Romeo is mentioned, he is imagined a s a sick/ill person. This is proven through Monatgue's script ' And makes himself an artificial night.' This suggests that either Romeo doesn't like or finds difficulty to socialize, or even just doesn't like the daylight. ...read more.

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This has been demonstrated through the use of dramatic device; interruptions. For example the nurse states ' Madam, ' whilst Romeo is trying to finish off what he has to say to Juliet, Juliet hesitantly states ' a thousand times goodnight. ' By Romeo being completely cut off at a sentence prevails Romeo's desperation to finish off, what he had climbed those high orchard walls for, as if it was an unaccomplished mission. Shakespeare has also presented Romeo as a honourable and even loyal individual, determined to stay that way. Differently around Juliet, Romeo is presented as honouring and loyal. For instance Juliet states, ' I have no joy in this contract tonight. It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden, too like the lightning. ' In spite of Juliet's age, she is sensible enough to want to know how strong Romeo's love is for her. She uses a simile to compare love to lightning. In this case Romeo understands her wishes, and stays loyal to them till his love is proven. In act 2 scene 2, Romeo is also presented as Religious. Compared to act 1 scene 1, Romeo is everything but religious towards his love for Rosaline, however for Juliet it is a different story. For example Romeo claims Juliet to; ' bright angel ' as well as ' winged messenger of heaven. ' Shakespeare, uses religious imagery, comparing Juliet to an angel. He has used religious references, putting himself as well as Juliet first before god. This can be considered as being blasphemous which could suggest that their love is dangerous. However it can also prove that the two lovers, love is holy and honourable. Finally now to conclude my points, I can finally say that Romeo is a very ambiguous character. To finish off my points I can say, that basically all the themes/ideas I have mentioned are literally all the same only presented differently. For example immaturity and depression. Between the two scenes one thing that was different, was the use of different references for each women in Romeo's life. ...read more.

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