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GCSE: Romeo and Juliet
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This helps to make the imagery stronger and more meaningful. Setting a play in different country was also quite common at the time, and Shakespeare set many of his other plays abroad as well, for example, Hamlet and The Merchant Of Venice. Setting the play in an exotic, foreign location also would have appealed to the audience at the time. At the time, plays were the only way which people could learn about other places as they could not travel easily.
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How does Shakespeare convey the theme of love and conflict in the Prologue, Act 1 Scene 5, Act 3 Scene 2 and Act 3 Scene 5 of 'Romeo and Juliet'?4 star(s)
of conflict is actually stronger than that of love, since for every phrase relating to love there are about three phrases relating to conflict. Other themes in the Prologue are for example the theme of family or the theme of the passing nature of life. The language of the Prologue is very dramatic, because of the use of strong words and phrases, such us ''mutiny'', ''blood'', ''star-cross'd lovers'' or ''piteous''. Itself, it is a type of foreshadowing, of which the Prologue is full (such us yet quoted extracts about the basic events in the story).
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And as soon as Romeo is allured by the presence of Juliet, the audience may worry that Romeo will be in potential danger, the audience soon find out that he has dropped his 'love' towards Rosaline quickly when he figuratively expresses it to Juliet, even before he knows her at all. From the first line of Romeo's description of Juliet he refers to light,"O she doth teach the torches to burn bright." Romeo does this from the first line in-order to emphasise how Juliet's beauty shimmers brighter than the torches at the party.
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Consider the character of Juliet. How does she change and develop from the beginning of the play and once she meets Romeo? Refer to Shakespeare's use of language
She is being introduced to the audience by her nurse, as she calls her to come: 'What lamb! What lady-bird!' This first comparison already gives an impression that Juliet is vulnerable, quiet or needs lots of guidance, as lambs do. This could also be interpreted to mean that the Nurse believes that Juliet was just a follower of her parents' commands and didn't have a mind of her own. We later see in this scene that Juliet was prepared to be guided wholly by her parents in view of marriage. ' I'll look to like, if looking liking move./But no more deep will I endart mine eye/ Than your consent gives strength to make it fly' and that she was very discreet and subdued.
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Analyse the different types of dramatic action in Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet, and show how this scene links with other parts of the play. What contribution does this scene make to the play as a whole?
Shakespeare uses language as a form of dramatic action to create atmosphere at the beginning of Act 1 Scene 5 in a variety of ways. This scene, which essentially builds up to make the Capulet's party where Romeo first properly meets Juliet, has different sections to it. The beginning of this scene is the setting up of the party - it is frenzied and rushed, and the servants who are helping are hectic. Their language reflects this; it is constructed of colloquial phrases which relate back to their lower class background and short, non-poetic sentences which show their need to rush around.
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Analyse the different types of dramatic action in Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet, and show how this scene links with other parts of the play. What contribution does the scene make to the play as a whole?
These techniques and dramatic actions are what will be the key point of analysis in this essay. The actual play is set in a city called Verona, a well-populated city existing in Italy. Its artistic heritage, urban structure and architecture give it a huge tourist attraction, being a suitable place for the love between Romeo and Juliet. But I don't mean to digress. The play starts with a brawl between the two houses of Capulet and Montague, sworn enemies of each.
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Romeo and Juliet challenges these social Elizabethan norms. Many of Shakespeare's audience were rich people from the city of London and were the type of 'high-culture' image that the house of Montague and Capulet possessed. Shakespeare chose Verona as the set location for the play because on an important factor; astrology, which was practiced professionally in the city. The people who lived in Verona were all interested in astrology to such an extent that they would have a horoscope drawn for their newly born children.
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Whilst the Capulet household is gleaming with excitement, after excitement Juliet is silently soaring in her distress. One day before her festive wedding, she drinks the sleeping potion that would fool all the people of Verona of her death. Juliet's nurse comes into her room, on the day of the weeding to discover Juliet has passed away. The Capulet household now is even more grievous with the deaths of two Capulets. Friar Lawrence was to send a letter to Romeo explaining the situation, however news of Juliet's death reaches him first. With this news, no boundaries seem to keep Romeo away from his wife.
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What roles did the leaders of Veronese Society Play in the deaths of the lovers in Romeo and Juliet?
This shows that the decision for this law was hastily made only at the Prince's arrival, without any consultation of Montague and Capulet or even any other witnesses. The speech is the first thing that he does after he enters. This shows bad leadership as a good leader must place himself within his people and guide them, based partially on their own decisions. However, Escales shows his lack of thought early on by firstly making the law before any consultations take place.
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When Romeo finds out that Juliet belongs to the Capulet family, he is dismayed due to the fact that their families are enemies: "O dear account, my life is my foe's debt?" This shows that Romeo acknowledges the tension between the families as he uses the word 'foe' and expresses his concern by using the words 'O dear account'. This indicates that Romeo fears the troubles that will arouse due to his new found love for Juliet. This is shown after his cousin, Benvolio advises him to leave before there is any trouble.
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Like the majority of teenagers of Romeos' age, they are constantly troubles with issues concerning love and relationships. However, in Romeo's situation, Shakespeare has used the effect of love on Romeo but the audience sees Romeo taking his emotions and outcomes extremely seriously as if it were to be a very serious situation: "Away from light steals home my heavy son, and private in his chamber pens himself, shuts up his windows, locks far daylight and makes himself an artificial night".
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To what extent did Shakespeare make us believe that the Friar was to blame for the tragic events that happened in Romeo and Juliet?
"Be plain, good son, and homely in thy drift" and "Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast." - In this we are shown the Friar's good sense, and from his speech you are shown that he is in fact good-hearted and has good intentions - to watch after Romeo and see that he makes the right choices.. His knowledge of Romeo's life builds our impression that the Friar is a man of trust, not one that would deceive a true friend, although other parts of his speech indicate a slight foreshadowing of the incidents that will occur - "Within
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Discuss the significance of Act 3, scene 1 in Romeo and Juliet with particular reference to how violence is used for dramatic effect.
He was Romeo's best friend. Mercutio wanted to start trouble with Tybalt, but Tybalt was not interested in fighting anyone except Romeo, when Mercutio dies Romeo is so furious he wants to have revenge on Tybalt, Romeo turns to Tybalt and says to him "Either thou or I, or both, must go with him". Romeo is ready to fight and finally takes his revenge on Tybalt, but after much deliberation and discussion Romeo is banished from Verona. Throughout the whole play of Romeo and Juliet, death and violence are always connected to passion, whether the passion is love or hate.
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In the second half of the scene however, the mood quickly changes. Now Romeo has gone and Juliet feels alone. She is then shunned and abandoned by both her parents and even her nurse, who she is closest to. This is shown especially clearly when her mother says, "Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee." This shows that Juliet's own mother doesn't want anything to do with her and this would make Juliet feel let down and upset.
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How does Shakespeare make Act 3 scene 1 of the play, Romeo and Juliet full of tension and excitement for a modern audience and an Elizabethan audience?
Dramatic irony is shown in Act 3, Scene 1, when Romeo tries to tell Tybalt that he loves him, but Tybalt is oblivious to what Romeo is saying, as he doesn't know that Romeo and Juliet are in love. Tybalt then dies as a consequence of not understanding the whole situation, which leaves the audience feeling shocked, as they would know the full story. "Romeo and Juliet" is one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies. A tragedy refers to a specific tradition of drama that is based on human suffering, but offers its audience pleasure.
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Romeo only has eyes for Juliet. 'But soft what light through yonder window breaks? It is in the east, and Juliet is the sun.' Here Romeo is saying that looking forward to seeing Juliet is like looking forward to dawn. He can only think of her and he says that the importance of seeing Juliet is like the importance of the sun at dawn. This once again kind of puts Juliet on a pedestal; she's above and more important than anything else in Romeo's world. The reference to the sun also means that she is his sun lighting his dark world.
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This symbolically united the opposing houses of York and Lancaster much like what the deaths of Romeo and Juliet did for their families. The character of Juliet is portrayed as a figure of innocence and purity and the House of York's family crest, a white rose, could symbolise this. During the time that the play would have been performed, the brawls and mention of the feud within the play would have been looked upon as negative. This is because the Wars of the Roses were still fresh in people's minds and the Tudor reign brought about a period of stability for England meaning anything that might disrupt society would be looked down on by the audience.
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Juliet refuses to marry Paris and breaks the news to her father; he builds a dreadful temper in which he calls his daughter: mistress minion, green sickness, carrion and baggage. He also claims that if she does not marry Paris, then he will disown her. The scene ends with Capulet storming out of her room leaving Juliet to weep and plead for mercy from her mother and the nurse. In my philosophy, dramatic tension means building up suspense making sure that the audience grows impatient which leads to a climax.
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Violence and conflict are central to Romeo and Juliet. Discuss this theme with reference to at least three scenes in the play.
Whilst ambling through a street in Verona, Sampson voices his abhorrence for the house of the Montague's, with bawdy banter. The two servants begin to exchange lecherous statements about physically conquering the male members of the Montague household and sexually conquering the females: "I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague's." Gregory responds to this punning remark made by Sampson by applying a proverb, "the weakest goes to the wall," which suggests that the feeble must yield to the powerful.
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When Tybalt enters the scene two types of hate are being brought in too; direct and indirect hate. Tybalt is looking for Romeo just to provoke him and start a fight, that is direct hate because they both come from different families, so are forced to hate the other family from birth. However, Mercutio provoking Tybalt brings in hate which originates from a different reason. Mercutio isn't part of either the Capulets or Monatgues, he is in the Prince's family, so his hate for Tybalt comes purely from being friends with Romeo. The most interesting theme of love is introduced by Romeo : Till thou shalt know the reason of my love.
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How does Shakespeare use language and stagecraft to draw attention to the sense of tragedy in 'Romeo and Juliet', paying particular attention to Romeo's final speech?
In the patriarchal Elizabethan society, women had very little say in the course of their own lives. They would be under their father's control until the day they married the husband chosen by him. They would then obey their spouse for the rest of their lives. This is the case for Juliet, and when she rejects the marriage proposal, her father calls her a "disobedient wretch" and threatens to throw her out and "ne'er acknowledge thee". The audience would have reacted to Romeo and Juliet's secret marriage in several ways. In going against their parents, they were doing something unacceptable.
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Although the previous scenes had shown extreme twists, this scene relieves the audiences from the tension built throughout the play. The play was set in Verona in the Elizabethan Era, it was highly catholic society, and people respected their reputation. But on the other hand, during the play you would see how strictly the tradition really is, particularly if you disobey your parents. The romance is shown as the scene begins with Romeo and Juliet in bed; after they spent their first intimate night together.
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tool", they are speaking in prose which manifests their unfavourable thoughts, and makes the audience see that as the characters are surrounded by a belligerent attitude a combat will take place. By being introduced to the servants the public gets an image of the conflict within families. Later in the scene, Benvolio arrives and says "Part, fools! Put up your swords; you know not what you do", with the first phrase spoken by Benvolio, Shakespeare gives the audience an impression of Benvolio being a peacemaker.
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The final impression that I got was that the characters in the play seem as if they have their own different personalities. For example, Romeo is so easily led by his love life, but yet he never acts upon what he feels, by getting together with the woman - "Ay me, the sad hours seem long" (i.i.160) - in other words, he is depressed with his love and keeping it to himself, rather than telling the woman (Rosaline in this case).
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Explain you response to the character of Juliet, exploring the ways in which Shakespeare presents her to the audience
Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet derived from Brooks "Tragical history of Romeus and Juliet" this poem was about two feuding families and two lovers who are trapped between the hatred of their families. Shakespeare re-wrote this and speeded up the story lines as in Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet were together as a married couple for only one night whilst in Brooks version Romeus and Juliet spent 3 months together after they got married. Shakespeare also made Juliet younger. At this time boys and girls of 14 years of age could legally marry.
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