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GCSE: Romeo and Juliet
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These lovers are prepared to disobey their families and commit their loyalties for each other. When Romeo first sees Juliet, her beauty evidently strikes him. She shines out to him like 'a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear' or a 'snowy dove trooping with crows'. Romeo?s contrast between light and dark symbolizes a contrast between how he feels about Juliet and how he feels about Rosaline. He compares Juliet to light, whiteness and purity, whereas the imagery he uses when talking about Rosaline revolves around darkness.
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The phrase ?Art thou gone so? Love, Lord, Ay, Husbansd, Friend? I must hear from thee every day in the hour, for in a minute there are many days, O, by this count I shall be much in years? portrays how she can?t live without him. The fact that Juliet calls him by so many names displays how many roles Romeo fulfils in her life and how important Romeo is to her. To further emphasise this she tells Romeo how time will be slow without him and one minute will be many days; this demonstrates her love and importance as Romeo not being with her can alter time which is impossible.
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has been spread to not only inhabitants of the city that hold higher places but also to some of the common people of Verona as well as they discuss their violent plans: ?When I have fought with the men, I will be civil with the maids?. This also suggests that Verona is a place that is full of violence as there is a constant feud that is going on between these two families.
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Negative emotions are used throughout Romeo and Juliet, The Hero and The Soldier. The emotions I found to be in texts were love, hatred and lies
Brooke is saying if I survive then great but if I don?t then he has still left his mark on the country and to him at this stage he wouldn?t mind that much if he did die. He also says that the dead bodies of English soldiers are ?blest by the suns of home? meaning that because the bodies have been ?blest? so must the ground that they die on is also ?blest?. I can understand why he thinks this because he is yet to actually fight in the war and find out the true horrors of war for himself.
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In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, the character of Romeo has to cope with the strong feeling of love
These consequences ultimately lead to the death of the families? ?star-cross?d lovers? Romeo and Juliet. Feeling of love make Romeo act impetuously several times during the play and this and unfortunate circumstances lead to the untimely death of both Romeo and Juliet. In the first act of the play, Shakespeare introduces Romeo as an impulsive character. Romeo is portrayed as a man who is desperately in love with Rosaline, yet, when he meets Juliet he immediately falls in love with her: ?O dear account, my life is my foe?s debt!? The moment the Romeo lays eyes on Juliet his feelings of love for her are strong.
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In Romeo and Juliet and To his Coy Mistress and A Valediction Forbidding Mourning, the strength of love is presented in many different ways.
The ?love? that the speaker has for the woman in this poem seems to be mainly lust as the speaker is wooing the woman to give him her ?long preserv?d virginity?. The narrator highlights on her physical appearance which he seems most attracted too like ?eyes? and ?breasts? but mentions the ?heart? last which is symbolic for love. This could suggest he does not want a romantic relationship emphasising everything is built on lust. The idea of unrequited ?love? or ?lust? is present both here and in Romeo and Juliet, at the beginning of the play where Romeo?s love for
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Romeo’s use of traditional Petrarchan clichés portray him as a young, inexperienced lover who is more fixated on the concept of love depicted in Petrarchan poetry, rather than actually being in love. The Elizabethan audience Romeo and Juliet would have been performed to would have been very aware of the idea of courtly/ Petrarchan love in poetry, as they were heavily exposed to the poetry of Sir Thomas Wyatt and Sir Philip Sidney. Unrequited love that causes torment and great suffering is similarly explored in Sonnet 28.
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This is to emphasise how they have never seen true love until this point, as even though in Act 1 Scene 3, a only a few hours before this point, she said she would ?look to like Paris?. This demonstrates the idea of ?love at first sight very clearly?, as even though she is standing next to the man she is supposed to be loving, she still takes time out to talk romantically to Romeo. Even before this point, however, their fight true sighting is through a fish tank.
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Shakespeare uses different techniques such as imagery, metaphors and oxymoron, alliteration and the sonnet form, which makes Romeo a unique character in the play. Romeo is shown at first few scenes of the play to be an impulsive, confused lovesick fool in the play in order to satirise courtly love. Moreover, as the play progresses, Shakespeare uses Romeo to introduce the audience to a true love who falls in love with young Juliet and whose love tragically ends. Shakespeare presents Romeo to us as being a lovesick fool in the play in order to satirise courtly love.
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Moreover, Lord Capulet treats Juliet as a possession. Shakespeare portrays this by the way Capulet discusses Juliet and first introduces her into the play. ?My child is yet a stranger in the world?- the use of the possessive pronoun ?my? indicates how Capulet sees Juliet; she belongs to him , this is typical for an Elizabethan father. Also the use of ?yet? suggests that he is aware of her innocence and inexperience. Additionally the word ?stranger? suggests that she is unaware of what the world, especially the world of marriage and a relationship is like.
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In their first impressions, Shakespeare has used a metaphor to exaggerate on how much Romeo is infatuated by Juliet. ?O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright? gives the impression that Juliet is so bright that she even lightens up other light sources, and that she is Romeo?s light source. However, this poetic exaggeration is clearly wrong as torches can?t be taught how to ?burn bright?. So Shakespeare could have done this to make you question whether Romeo?s love is genuine love-at-first-sight or just a result of short-term infatuation based on her physical looks. This point also links to when Romeo questions his past love with Rosaline to his current ?love? with Juliet ?did my heart love till
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On page 76 it states, ?Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne?er saw true beauty till this night.? That was when Romeo first saw Juliet and was immediately in love. Although Juliet tried to hold back at first, after she let Romeo kiss her, she knew she was in love too. Another one of Juliet?s childish choices that she made was when she decided to get married to Romeo. Juliet was the one who brought up getting married in the first place because she wanted to make sure their love was real.
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Furthermore, Shakespeare is trying to show the extremeness of Juliet?s love as this quote suggests that Juliet won?t get married, she?ll only get married to Romeo and if he?s married, she?ll die unmarried as well as giving up on love altogether which Shakespeare also explores the theme of fate and this quote foreshadows the tragic death of Juliet. I think that Shakespeare has evidently kept foreshadowing the image of death so it maintains an atmosphere of impending tragedy in act 1 scene 5 but all throughout the play as a whole.
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The repetition of the word also reinforces the point he is making. Lady Capulet initially appears concerned for Juliet but after she defies her father she seldom speaks because of what can be interpreted as fright. At first she seems concerned for her daughter, but when Juliet defies her, she passes the problem on to her husband. She does not know how to interact with Juliet. Furthermore, Capulet uses many pejorative Elizabethan terms such as ?green-sickness? which suggests he was implying Juliet was anaemic; it was believed in the Elizabethan era that it was only young women who were at puberty who were afflicted by the illness.
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Also, ?Do with their death bury their parents' strife,? suggests that these lovers will mend the quarrel between their families by dying. This is dramatic irony as the audience at that point would be aware of the inevitable fate of the main characters. It is evident that throughout the play there will be death and perhaps even a tragedy that will split the lovers apart ? the rhyme of the prologue splits from ??death-mark'd love? which may literally refer to the splitting of Romeo and Juliet in the play through death.
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complexity as a character, and her conflicting emotions when trying to battle with the idea that the love of her life is a murderer. In addition Shakespeare conveys ambiguity by categorising imagery into two extremes, light and dark. This imagery continually recurs throughout the play, and is often adopted by Romeo, for instance when he first sees Juliet he declares, ?O, she doth teach the torches burn bright? and Juliet is continually referred to as a light in the darkness and Juliet concurrently expresses how ?Romeo?s body? be ?cut out in little stars.? Shakespeare uses this to accentuate the contrast of love and hate, an ambiguous disparity Shakespeare uses to encapsulate the meaning of the play.
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At the opening of the play, we come across a depressed and miserable Romeo whose ?sadness lengthens [his] hours? (1.1.156). Romeo pines for the love of Rosaline who he declares is the flawless model of a woman and who he describes as ?rich in beauty? (1.1.209). Unfortunately, Rosaline ?hath sworn that she will live chaste? (1.1.211). In other words, Rosaline has sworn to be a virgin and a nun. For this reason, Romeo ?pens himself, shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out, and makes himself an artificial night? (1.1.131-133).
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Comparing how Themes are represented in Baz Luhrmann's Production of Romeo and Juliet and Shakespeare's Original Play
?Out of her favour where I am in love?, shows Rosaline does not reciprocate Romeo?s love. Romeo?s unnatural, oxymoronic imagery: ?loving hate ... heavy lightness ... cold fire ...? presents unrequited love as confusing and unnatural. Paris? unrequited love for Juliet emphasises the strength of her love for Romeo, because Juliet loses everyone who loves her, rather than losing him. She loses Capulet: ?you shall not house with me? Lady Capulet: ?I have done with thee...? and nurse: ?Romeo?s a dishclout to him?. In Shakespeare?s play, Paris dies: ?I am slain...? and Friar Lawrence abandons Juliet: ?I dare no longer stay...?, making Romeo and Juliet?s love seem stronger than in Luhrmann?s film.
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The audience watching the play would associate a sonnet with love. However the audience is made aware that death and violence are going to be a major part of the play due to very angry, violent and aggressive words; these include ?death?, ?rage? and also ?mutiny?. We are also told that ?from ancient grudge break to new mutiny? which describes a history ?ancient? long standing conflict between the two families. We also learn that there is a ?continuance of the parents? rage? indicating to the audience that this conflict is still on-going and unlikely to be easily resolved.
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Explain how the situation has quickly got out of hand. Who or what is responsible for this: Romeo, Juliet, or the bad feeling between the families?
Some people may feel that the fact that the situation quickly got out of control is Juliet?s fault. Their reasoning?s is she married Romeo, knowing that it would create family problems. In addition, she married Romeo quickly and arguably rashly. If she had been reasonable and assessed the situation, she may have left Romeo (for ease) and none of the tragic events would have taken place. However, I do not feel this is the case. Juliet cannot control who she falls in love with, whether it is right or wrong, and she also cannot control her lover.
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How does Shakespeare present the relationship between Romeo and Juliet in the early part of the play? Do you notice anything significant about gender roles? In your response make reference to early parts of the play
Shakespeare presented relationships by the way the characters interacted, using dramatic devices and also further enhanced it with the backdrop feud. The males in ?Romeo and Juliet? are usually portrayed as aggressive, competitive and violent; on the other hand women being the weaker and subordinate sex are dominated by the male. ??Tis true; and therefore women being the weaker vessels, are ever thrust to the wall;? From this scene you can see that women are being seen as weak and are not worth the males time so will be pushed up against the wall.
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It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) The above quote is a very specific description of love according to St. Paul. Although Romeo and Juliet have one of the most iconic love stories to date, it is often wondered if their love lived up to its reputation and the question still remains as to if they were ever truly in love. Based on the standards specified in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, Romeo and Juliet were not in love because they did not practice patience, they dishonored their families and friends, and they were egotistical. The virtue of patience was not demonstrated in the relationship between Romeo and Juliet.
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From Romeo?s speech the reader learns that Romeo is quite spontaneous and tends to over-exaggerate things. When Romeo first meets Juliet he is in awe at her beauty, to describe Juliet?s beauty Romeo uses a lot of imagery: ? Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope?s ear, Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear ? Romeo? speech makes reference to both light and darkness. From this it is illustrated that Romeo is immature because he like to exaggerate things e.g. Juliet?s beauty, and instead of thinking about his actions he makes decisions on the spot, this can get irritating because it makes the reader wonder if he had thought more thoroughly about his actions then both he and Juliet would have not been in this mess and would have not died so quickly.
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Also, Capulet and his daughter aren?t very close, which is shown by the fact that he doesn't know the real reason she is crying. He thinks that she is crying over Tybalt's death, not Romeo's exile, so since they don't have a close relationship, Capulet could have assumed that she wants to marry Paris and he is only trying to do what's best for his daughter. Earlier in the play he tries to do what's best for his daughter by asking Paris to wait before marrying her: 'Let two summers wither in their pride'.
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Romeo and Juliet - Baz Luhrmann. The central scene that I am looking at is Act 1: Scene 5 this in the film is ball scene. I will also use other scenes to show the way Romeo and Juliet react towards each other.
It is also very important because this is viewed as one of the first stories that uses the metaphor of opposites attracting to describe the love between the two central characters. Also the story through out uses a huge variety of dramatic irony to show what will happen. The central scene that I am looking at is Act 1: Scene 5 this in the film is ball scene. I will also use other scenes to show the way Romeo and Juliet react towards each other.
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