• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Consider how Act 1 of Romeo and Juliet sets up what will happen to the star crossed lovers

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Consider how Act 1 of Romeo and Juliet sets up what will happen to the "star crossed lovers" The story of Romeo and Juliet is an inevitable tragedy. Many events take place, which are quite adverse to the love Romeo and Juliet have for one another. By mentioning marriage and death together Shakespeare foreshadows Romeo and Juliet's tragic ending. From the very beginning of the play throughout and to the end there has always been the intent of a tragedy; Shakespeare uses much dramatic irony to express this. Shakespeare also cleverly introduces the juxtaposition of life love and death into the play from the very beginning in the prologue. The prologue is a brief summary of the play written in sonnet form with rhyming couples, this is also written in iambic pentameter. This sets up what will happen to Romeo and Juliet as the quote "With their death bury their parents' strife," tells the audience. This also symbolises the burial of emotions besides the burial of love. Shakespeare begins with a prologue that tells the audience of the tragic ending of Romeo and Juliet and their description as a "pair of star crossed lovers." ...read more.

Middle

We see examples of his characters actions through his language in the play. When Romeo first meets Juliet at the Capulet's ball he immediately forgets about Rosaline and says "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright! I seems... till this night" Here he communicates his love for Juliet by comparing her to all things light. His language also changes from prose to iambic pentameter. His speeches have also become more eloquent and extravagant as he uses copious imagery metaphors and similes in his sentences. An example of his rash actions would be after Capulet's ball he sneaks into Juliet's balcony just so he can see her. But it did not occur to him once that if he had been caught in his enemies' house Tybalt would have killed him. This suggests that his decisions are rash and he doesn't think of the consequences. Likewise, Juliet's fatal flaw is impetuousness, her character is frivolous childish and eager because her character was only meant to be about 14 in the play. We see this in the play during the balcony scene; Juliet hurries Romeo into marriage. She constantly questions his love for her and rushes him into marriage with the quote "If...thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow," Secondly, like Romeo, she kills herself over what could be just infatuation. ...read more.

Conclusion

By making this choice he sets up all the problems that occur later. Although this isn't all the consequences of Romeos actions. Juliet's decision also plays a large part in deciding their end. Juliet character immature and inconsiderate; she doesn't consider the consequences of her actions; Shakespeare uses colour symbolism and binary oppositions to show Juliet's change. When Juliet chooses to drink the potion and not leave Verona for Romeo she makes a leeway for chance and fate to come into the play. She didn't think about the consequences of her plan and action through thoroughly which is why she suffered for it. Many elements of chance or fate and choice together decided the outcome of this story these star-crossed lovers. Romeo and Juliet were responsible for their own physical deaths but it was fate that cornered and limited their decisions. I think that If Romeo and Juliet's personalities were not so impulsive and spontaneous they might have lived. Shakespeare gives the audience a little hope that they will survive together but each time their hopes are squashed. Even though Romeo and Juliet didn't have to kill themselves it was already "written in the stars" which is why I think that fate is the most dominant factor in the play contributing to their tragic but inevitable ending. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. Shakespeare cleverly masks the true meaning of Romeo and Juliet behind the idea of ...

    When both the emotions of Romeo and Tybalt face each other, it is obvious that no good can come of it, and a never death will occur. Were these two characters destined to face each other or was it just their personality flaws that made these two men from opposing

  2. The concept of fate - Romeo and Juliet

    This is not the friar's fault. Rather, it is fate that he did not get there on time. "Two households, both alike in dignity, / In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, / From ancient grudge brakes to new mutiny, / Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.

  1. Romeo + Juliet - The Opening - Act 1 Scene 1.

    He proceeds towards Juliet. There is a great difference between the two characters here as we see an angelic, innocent Juliet, but then the camera faces Romeo as we see him scruffy, distraught and in tears. The following, I think, is the most emotional and unbelievably tragic part in the whole film.

  2. Romeo and Juliet 'the star-crossed lovers' are doomed from the start, not by fate ...

    This is a consequence of the Friars own actions. The next character which may have also caused the death of Romeo and Juliet is Tybalt, Juliet's cousin. Tybalt is a vindictive and hot-tempered swords man who feels obliged to fight Montague's.

  1. 'Romeo and Juliet are referred to as ‘star crossed lovers.” Fate may not be ...

    Is Rosaline whom thou didst love so dear, So soon forsaken?" He quickly denies his love for her and says that him and Juliet are in love. He pleads with Friar Laurence to marry them and he gives in. His haste to get married is evident in Line 93.

  2. Are Romeo And Juliet Responsible For Their Own Demise

    affects him mentally and pulls out his impulsive nature. On his way home Romeo's impulsiveness starts to take actions when he realises that he is so much in love with Juliet that he must somehow go back and try to find her; "Can I go forward when my heart is here?

  1. In the prologue, Romeo and Juliet are described as a pair of "star cross'd ...

    Juliet how they can be together and he persuades Romeo to secretly meet with Juliet to consummate their marriage. Nevertheless, Friar Lawrence isn't completely irrational. His motives had many advantages and disadvantages which could have worked in his favour or not. He initially wanted to reunite two dynasties of Verona.

  2. Romeo and Juliet is a classic Shakespearean tragedy.

    Not only does it state that Juliet 'worships' him, but also that she now trusts him. Also, at the beginning of act 2 scene 2, both characters pour their hearts out, unaware the other is listening. Juliet cries: "What's Montague? It is nor hand nor foot nor arm nor face...

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work