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Discuss and analyse the dramatic impact if Act 1 scene 5 and Act 3 scene 1 - Romeo and Juliet.

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Shakespeare Coursework Discuss and analyse the dramatic impact if Act 1 scene 5 and Act 3 scene 1 Romeo and Juliet is a dramatic play written by William Shakespeare around the period of the Elizabethan times/ Renaissance period. The play is based on the anger and brawling between two families, the Capulets and the Montegues, this is due to events, which took place in the past between the elder generations of the family. The play deals with many important issues, which are to do with life such as love and hate, light and dark, devotion and betrayal, religion and blasphemy. All these issues are juxtaposed together, the play can also be known as a play of opposites. The whole focus is on the two main characters Romeo and Juliet, the focusing on these characters means that the play is easier to understand by there being no twisting sub plots this way it makes the play move at a much faster pace. The plot of the story can be shortened down to this Romeo is at a party held by his enemies family, the Capulets, he is having a great time messing around when he spots Juliet. As soon as he and she make eye contact it seems to be love at first sight, it is very ironic how the to are brought together and then are distraught to find out that they are in love with one of the enemies family, "O dear account! ...read more.

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Capulet's words to Tybalt telling him to leave Romeo alone, "Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone," this allows the story run to its already foreseen ending. With the little time that Romeo and Juliet spend together it seems that they have changed in a drastic way, it seems that Romeo has become less self pitying and more grown up and Juliet seems to have grown up and become more forthcoming. With this short time together, they know they were meant to be together and do not want to let each other go when Juliet's parents start coming near them. 4)5) The language used in this is very poetic at certain parts of the play especially when Romeo and Juliet are talking to each other it is fast paced. During part of there sentence they interrupt one another's sentences, after being interrupted they restart off a new sentence which formed a rhyming couplet, " Romeo- holy palmers too? Let lips do what hands would do." Even in some points they end up having a rhyming couplet joined between them, "Romeo- to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss, Juliet- which mannerly devotion shows in this." Romeo also uses quite a lot of religious metaphorical words when he is talking to Juliet," this holy shrine, the gentle sin is this," which suggests that Romeo is worshipping the ground that she walks on as if he sees her as a goddess or a priceless object. ...read more.

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Mercutio not one to be swept aside starts off a fight with Tybalt and Romeo steps into stop it but gets in the way a gets Mercutio stabbed. Just before Mercutio dies he says, " a curse on both your houses." This also adds to the tension of the play because now we know that Romeo and Juliet will die after him saying this. Romeo blinded by his own rage chases after Tybalt on the mission to avenge Mercutio's death; they fight it out to the death leaving Tybalt slain on the floor. Benvolio not wanting to see his cousin put to death so he says "Romeo, away, be gone." Prince comes in and sentences Romeo to banishment of Varona, as soon as the banishment has been put on Romeo we know that the love between Romeo and Juliet cannot be. 8)The language that is used by the characters is not as poetic and turns into more straight forwards easier to understand. The language and emotions from act 1 scene 5 are turned into the opposite which makes it a more masculine scene. The language becomes darker, so it uses essential emotions like; death, hate and suggest even more towards the fate of the main characters. It also contains dark types of imagery such as; bloody and animal imagery. The curses and omens that are used are not intentionally meant to happen to the people but the irony is that we already the knowledge that Romeo and Juliet will die. - 1 - ...read more.

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