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    How Shakespeare portrays Romeo and Juliet in Act 2 Scene 2

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    The use of celestial imagery and mythological references are common throughout the play to present and convey the feeling and views that one has of another. It was common for past cultures to explain the celestial objects with myths as there was very little understanding about them. ?It is the east and Juliet is the sun! Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, Who is already sick and pale with grief, That thou her maid art more fair than she: Be not her maid since she is envious; Her vestal livery is but sick and green And none but

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    In Act 3 Scene 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet', Shakespeare uses language to make the fight scene dramatic. How does Baz Luhrmann draw on this and use other devices to create tension for his audience?

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    Later that day the Montagues, the family of Romeo, invade the Capulets', the family of Juliet, party. As the Montagues invade the party, Romeo wanders off to find Juliet; the two instantly fall in love. That night Romeo and Juliet meet and swear their love for each other, at this point no-one knows about Romeo and Juliet as their families are sworn enemies. The next day Romeo and Juliet get married by the Friar however, only Romeo, Juliet and the Friar know about this marriage. Shakespeare has set the structure of the play like this because it causes a sudden change from hate to love.

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    How does Shakespeare use imagery in his play Romeo and Juliet to intensify the drama, create atmosphere and illuminate the central themes?

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    Therefore Shakespeare has to convince the audience that the action is real, which he achieves through the strength of the images that he employs. In Act 1, scene 5, Shakespeare uses a wide range of imagery to convey the meaning. Throughout this scene there is a range of very religious image. Romeo talks of Juliet as if she is holy, as if he sees her as the Virgin Mary. Catholicism was illegal at this time and religion was an Elizabethan obsession so suggestions that Juliet was like the Virgin Mary were not sacrilegious.

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    Who Was Responsible For the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

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    But he didn't think of what could go wrong. By marrying Romeo and Juliet, it put a bigger burden on the Friar and the married couple because it's a bigger risk of them getting caught, and if they get caught, then the Friar could be sentenced to death. There would be a higher chance of Romeo and Juliet getting caught because if their married, then they would have to spend more time together which is a risk. It was because they were married that they spent more time in contact with each other.

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  5. How does Shakespeare use language and action to make Act 3 Scene 1 of his play Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective?

    A 17th century audience, who would be watching this play in Shakespeare's time, would be very interested in the choice of language, and would go to hear a play as opposed to see it. They would be entertained and amused by clever attention to linguistic detail, and would notice changes between verse and prose, whereas a modern audience might not. From a modern perspective, a dramatically effective play would be more orientated around the actions the actors do than the words they say. As this scene is filled with clever language and action, it is dramatically effective from both perspectives.

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  6. Romeo and Juliet - the characters and the effect of Act 1 Scene 5

    Tybalt is very powerful because he hits Benvolio and says, " Have at thee coward." This is showing that Tybalt is powerful and does not like anything that gets in his way. Now the audience has seen Tybalt true colours and what he can do, they will be thinking what will he do next. Another part of Tybalt character is that he is very insulting. Tybalt says "Peace? I hate the word!" This shows that all he likes is the opposite, which is violence. It shows he hates the word 'peace' and that he wants nothing to do with it.

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  7. How William Shakespeare makes act 1 scene 5 dramatically effective.

    going to happen, it also keeps the audience interested in watching the play to see how the two lovers die at the end and what will happen to the family feud. The story of Romeo and Juliet was written in the Elizabethan era. Plays written then and now are very different. For example, the marriage between a 14 year old girl and a 17 year old boy would have been accepted where as now it is illegal and unacceptable. During the Elizabethan era women didn't have as much freedom.

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  8. How does Shakespeare Create Dramatic tension in Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet?

    Shall bitterly begin his fearful date with this night revels and expire the term Of a despised life closed in my breast, By some vile forfeit of untimely death..." In the quote above, Romeo says that that he is worried about going to this ball and he feels that something in his destiny is going to be set in motion tonight and he feels it is all going to end badly. At this point, this quote has left the audience hanging off the seats as they already know the destiny of Romeo due to the prologue.

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  9. GCSE English Discuss how Shakespeare uses language and dramatic devices in Act 2 Scene 2 of Romeo & Juliet

    His extravagant sentences show his true, genuine love for Juliet. He uses metaphors including: "O speak again, bright angel" He refers to her as a bright angel against a dark sky. Prior to meeting her, darkness was not just over his head, it was in his heart. Now, he is separated from the dark sky by his vision of Juliet. She signifies purity - being a virgin, and her beauty and goodness. Alternatively, her angelic figure could be seen symbolically as foreshadowing her later death. she's above Romeo, there's a correlation to her being above him on the balcony and her being out of Romeo's reach; this is a warning to him as he shouldn't be anywhere near her.

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  10. Consider Some of the Reasons why the Love of Romeo and Juliet was Fated to have a Tragic Conclusion

    This implies that it does not matter that the two are from opposing houses, but that their love will conquer the vendetta. When the servant is telling Romeo of the Capulet's party and asks whether Romeo can read, Romeo says that his "own fortune in his misery". This could be referenced as Romeo confirming that he can read and so is able to choose his destiny by being able to read. However, it can also be seen as another reference to the fact that his love, something seen as good and pure, will be the cause of his death, something seen as bad and mournful.

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  11. The way Romeo and Juliet describe their love for one another in Act II Scene 2

    With love's light wings did I o'erperch these walls, For stony limits cannot hold love out. In this quote, Romeo uses hyperbolic language in an attempt to impress Juliet and show her how much he cares for her. With Rosaline, Romeo acts the way he has been taught by friends, family and society. This is shown throughout the play with men, and women, making references towards women being objects of sexual desire and being part of economical transactions, both very different concepts but both relate to the fact that women's lives were controlled by their fathers and husbands.

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  12. Romeo and Juliet; Act 3 Scene 5 Why is Juliet under so much pressure in this scene? Explain the difficulties she faces and comment on the way she reacts to the adults around her.

    Juliet wills it so.' Romeo's departure leaves Juliet with a sense of foreboding as she finally realises the burden of her hidden marriage; almost as if she sees his death. 'I have an ill-divining soul! ... As one dead in the bottom of a tomb.' So soon after his departure, Juliet is able to fabricate her tears for the death of her cousin rather than for the absence of her love, 'You let me weep for such a feeling loss.'

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  13. With close Reference to the Language of Specific Characters, Explore the Different Attitudes to Love Presented throughout Romeo and Juliet

    The word "vessels" here implies that women are only suitable to carrying children, again demonstrating to the audience that Sampson and Gregory regard women as being inferior. When the actor delivers his lines, he would emphasise the word "thrust" in order to convey Sampson and Gregory's vulgar and misogynistic attitude to the uneducated peasantry, who would appreciate the crudeness. In addition, their bawdy and rude sense of humour, which is shown by their phrases "'Tis known that I am a pretty piece of flesh" and "my naked weapon is out" would have appealed to most of the audience.

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  14. Discuss the reasons why Act 5: scene 3 is not only significant but also pivotal to the tragic ending of Romeo & Juliet.

    But Romeo can even be characterised as a romantic. Romeo and Juliet's are both upper rich class families within the community, but there is a problem, both families are enemies this is why their love is forbidden. The day occurs in the early morning hours after the loves only night together, Romeo is forced to leave for exile in the morning and whilst Juliet does not want him to leave her room, both are trying to pretend that its still night and that the light is actually darkness: "More light and light, more dark and dark our woes".

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  15. Romeo and Juliet

    "Within the infant rind of this weak flower Poison hath residence and medicine power" Friar Lawrence's knowledge of herbs and plants is evident from this very first introduction and the importance of this knowledge is shown here as this philosophical context prepares the audience for later on in the play, when Juliet takes the very same poison he is describing in order to fake her death. There is a contrast in this quote as Shakespeare implies how there is good in every bad, vice versa just like there is medicine in the poison and this could even apply to the Friar, and how even though he is a holy man, he makes fatal mistakes.

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  16. How does Shakespeare build and create tension in Act 3, scene 1 to make it an interesting and important scene?

    This setting itself conveys the unease in the air, an almost pathetic fallacy whereby we see the heat of the day reflecting the boiling temperament of Mercutio. Benvolio can see that "the mad blood" of his fellows, especially Mercutio, longs for a fight. From Mercutio's response, describing Benvolio as "as hot a Jack" as any in Italy, and following with reasons for which Benvolio would quarrel, which is really a more apt description of himself than Benvolio, the audience begins to sense this tension that Benvolio speaks of.

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  17. Romeo and Juliet

    The date originally was the Elizabethan decade however Baz Luhrmann changes it to modern day to engage the audience a lot more however keeps the plot the same with some changes of order. Luhrmann ingeniously changes swords to guns as it entertains 21st Century a lot more because nowadays many of the audience are into guns rather than swords, and are more familiar with it. The setting is in 'Fair Verona'; however Baz Luhrmann changes it to "Verona Beach" which is based on the famous, trendy Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California.

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  18. Romeo and Juliet Essay

    Lord and Lady Capulet and Lord and Lady Montague arrive at the scene to see Tybalt's body. Prince Escales arrives too and Benvolio tells him the whole story. Romeo is then banished to Mantua. Lord and Lady Capulet think Juliet is grieving for Tybalt so they arrange a marriage to Count Paris. Juliet doesn't like this idea so asks Friar Lawrence for a potion to make her fall asleep. Friar Lawrence writes a note to Romeo in Mantua telling him the plan of Juliet faking her death, but he doesn't get it. He hears of Juliet's death, buys a poison from a stall and goes to her tomb.

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  19. Juliet's situation in Act three Scene 5

    Furthermore, as his punishment he has been exiled from Verona with a death threat if he were to be caught. Juliet is torn between her love for Romeo and her loyalties to her cousin Tybalt. Juliet can see no good in her situation 'Tybalt is gone and Romeo is banished'. She is grieving for her cousin yet longing for the man who murdered him. She realises that despite all this she still loves Romeo. The young couple have barely been married and are already separated, with the help of Friar Laurence and the Nurse, Romeo and Juliet spend their wedding night together.

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  20. Romeo and Juliet

    These two themes are introduced to the audience by using powerful language and words like mutiny, fatal and unclean for hate, and for love, phrases such as "star-crossed lovers". The key language describing love is not used very often, but by using the phrase, "star-crossed lovers", it is suggesting that Romeo and Juliet are meant to be together and that their paths have been crossed for a reason. The key language of hate is used all to often, bombarding the language of love, suggesting that this love will end in a tragedy.

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  21. Analysis of Baz Luhrmann's romeo and juliet

    Subsequently an argument breaks out between the two sets of boys and a shootout starts. This shootout escalates into the streets and it becomes a "third civil brawl". This scene is very important because it sets the tone for the rest of the play. People who do not understand the Shakespearean language can understand wants going on through the violence, love and action throughout the play. The western music, screeching car tyres and the newspaper headlines all add to the variety of different genres featured in the play. The rivalry and violence is extremely prominent in the first scene.

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  22. Discuss How The Emotions Of Love and Hate are Portrayed in Romeo and Juliet

    As this has a musical connotations it is using Tybalt's ridicule against him. Ridicule is also used to show the differences in social class during this time. Tybalt refers to Romeo as '...my man' this is also a derogatory term because the use of 'my' at this time was seen as incredibly rude. The line as a whole implies that Romeo is his servant, this is later justified by the use of ''...I'll be hanged sir if he wear your livery'. This is drawing attention to the belief Tybalt has that Romeo is of a lower social status than himself.

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  23. Romeo and Juiliet Essay

    Despite Benvolio's efforts, his warnings are ignored, leaving a sense of tension and impending violence in the atmosphere. There is a lot tension amongst the people including Mercutio and Benvolio. "Thou art like one of these fellows that, when he enters the confines of a tavern, claps me his sword upon the table, and says 'God send me no need of thee!" This shows that Mercutio is saying that Benvolio is a coward and accusing him of over reacting over nothing.

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  24. Explore Shakespeares Presentation of Act 3 Scene 1 as a Turning Point in the Play

    The prologue also sets the scene in Verona and shows the audience that there has fighting going on between the two families for a long time ("ancient grudge"). So far in the play, Romeo has been presented as very fickle when it comes to love, at the beginning of the play he claimed to be in love with Rosaline, but as soon as he meets Juliet he seems to forget about her. Friar Lawrence asks about Rosaline and he replies 'I have forgot that name and that name's woe'.

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  25. Romeo and Juliet - Romeo's guilt for the deaths in the play.

    of his marriage to Juliet Capulet. The result of this was that Mercutio did not comprehend why Romeo did not wish to fight Tybalt, and thus he fought Tybalt in place of Romeo. Romeo did attempt to stop the fray by suggesting he had a reason not to stop Tybalt, but was very vague and spoke in riddles which served to do more harm than good. Romeo tells Tybalt the following as a reason he cannot fight him, "I do protest I never injured thee,/But love thee better than thou canst devise/Till thou shalt know the reason of my love;/And so, good Capulet, which name I tender/As dearly as mine own, be satisfied"(lines64-68Act3).

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