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Consider the characters of Romeo and Juliet and explain how the description of ”a pair of star-crossed lovers” presents their relationship appropriately

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G.C.S.E Shakespeare Coursework Romeo and Juliet Consider the characters of Romeo and Juliet and explain how the description of "a pair of star-crossed lovers" presents their relationship appropriately The play Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story set in Verona, Italy. Juliet belongs to the Capulet household and Romeo to the Montague, both households are as respected as the next but they have been quarrelling for many years. The description `a pair of star crossed lovers', describes their relationship appropriately because it means they were destined to die; their fate was to die. The play starts with servants from the Montague and Capulet houses brawling in the streets. The Prince then forbids brawling in Verona, punishable by death. We then see Romeo talking to Benvolio about how `head over heels' in love he is with Rosalyn, but she rejected him for a life of chastity. A servant from the Capulet house then meets Romeo, he asks Romeo to tell him what it says on a note Lord Capulet had given the servant. It was a note for the Capulet ball. Benvolio then tells Romeo to go and make him see all the other beautiful women and he will forget about Rosalyn. ...read more.

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Then Tybalt comes and Mercutio and Tybalt begin to fight, they joke fight to begin with, but it becomes more intense and then Romeo enters and try's to break up the fight. Tybalt lunges at Romeo and stabs Mercutio under Romeos arm. Tybalt flees and Romeo and Benvolio just tell Mercutio to stop messing around, thinking it is just one of Mercutio's jokes, but then he dies. Romeo then chases after Tybalt, `this day's black fate on mo days doth depend: This but begins the woe others must end' Romeo says. This point in the play is a premonition of awful things happening in the future and this is going to set them off. This is another future seeing that Romeo dismisses, He and Tybalt then brawl and Romeo kills Tybalt. Romeo then says `O, I am fortunes fool' and he realises he should have listened to the warnings. Romeo flees the scene of the crime and then the Prince enters and banishes Romeo from coming to Verona again. Juliet then talks to the nurse about how Romeo killed Tybalt, Juliet is horrified, but forgives him because she loves him so much and then learns that Romeo is banished from Verona. ...read more.

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Then Romeo starts his final words and drinks the poison after saying even in death Juliet still looks pink and bright. But of course this is just her return from the drugs. Juliet awakens and tries to get the poison off his lips but when she fails she then stabs herself with the dagger. The Prince enters and arrests Friar Laurence, who confesses to everything and then Capulet and Montague make up. But for this grudge to be broken many people have died. Juliet's character changes very much when she is in love, she becomes almost business like, she is selfish, disobedient and wants all the power. Totally the opposite of what she was like before the meeting with Romeo. Romeo's character is quite foolish, he was lead by his heart and not his head, very determined to have what he wants and easily lead. But the most important thing about both characters was the fact they saw the future and both saw it would lead to bad things and death, but totally disregarded this fact, which lead to their downfall. The whole play, though, was lead by fate for when Romeo read the note about the ball to Friar John becoming stuck in a plague house. That is why the description `A pair of star-crossed lovers' presents their relationship so well - they were destined for bad things. ...read more.

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