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Discuss how far you feel that Shakespeare presents the play Romeo and Juliet as a dramatic tragedy based upon the themes of loves and hate.

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Discuss how far you feel that Shakespeare presents the play Romeo and Juliet as a dramatic tragedy based upon the themes of loves and hate. 'Romeo and Juliet' is a play written by Shakespeare in the sixteenth century. It is a play which depicts the love and devotion of two teenagers, Romeo a Montague and Juliet a Capulet. Furthermore the play consists of many traditional themes which are still apparent today. The grudges held amongst the two families, the jealousy of others and the issues of authority. Love, hate and fate. Prior to Act 3 events have happened, in Act 1 a fight was fought between Tybalt a member of the Capulet family, and Benvolio a member of the rival Montague family, then a figure of authority arrives in the form of the prince of Verona, in this scene the prince declares "by thee old Capulet and Montague have thrice disturbed the quiet of out streets" this indicates that there has been three street fights between the family's before because of the hatred rivalry. ...read more.

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Tybalt finds Mercutio (Romeos best friend) and Benvolio in the street and informs them that he wants a fight with Romeo because he was at Capulet's party. Romeo then arrives but refuses to fight as he has just married Juliet. Their families have now joined: both a contemporary audience and Elizabethan audience would sympathise with Romeo as they came to realise Romeo truly loves Juliet is moralistic and committed. Romeo says, "I do protest I never injured thee but love thee better than thou canst devise" this means that Romeo says he loves Tybalt more than he realises. Tybalt thinks that Romeo is insulting him and attacks Romeo but Mercutio steps in to fight on his behalf but is killed by Tybalt and before his death proclaims "A plague a'both your houses!" which highlights that Mercutio blames both families for his death, the word "plague" means to smite with a plague, pestilence or death in any case meaning evil or badness upon them. ...read more.

Conclusion

Distraught by the prince's decision and the fact he must leave Juliet he spends one more night with her before he has to leave Verona the next morning. Shakespeare shows the commitment of the lovers at the start of the scene by the dialog used between the two lovers Juliet tries to convince that it is not morning so that he does not have to leave her. "It is not yet near day" and it attempts to tell him that all the bad events that have recently happened to him have all been a nightmare, "it was a nightmare" she tries and tries to keep him with her but in the end he must leave her or face death. In conclusion Shakespeare presents the play Romeo and Juliet as a dramatic tragedy by using the themes of hate and fate. Hate being the two families feud, but in the end fate overcomes the hate and joins the Montague's and the Capulet's as they have created this fate for their children Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. ...read more.

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