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  1. Explain the way Shakespeare presents the relationship between Juliet, Lady Capulet and the Nurse in Act 1,Scene 3

    Lady Capulet must of been the only person to understand how Juliet is feeling, as the same thing must of happened to herself when she was young- but there is no affection shown and no real bond between them. Which made her eventually agree as she had to be obedient- she made her words of resistance sound like obedience, ''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.''

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  2. How does Shakespeare present the relationship between Romeo and Juliet in Act 1 and Act 2 of Romeo and Juliet (Pay particular attention to Act 1 scene 5 and Act 2 scene 1)

    (Fifth paragraph)- How dramatic techniques reveal the relationship- this might include: the setting; actions; stage directions. Try to find one or two examples and comment on these. (Sixth paragraph)- Conclusion- Recap on the relationship and why you respond to it like that. Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeares? famous plays about a tragedies during 1600. It?s written during 17th century. Clear , clever and coherent structure is used in play. Dramatic irony and stage-craft is used to show clear arrangement of characters .

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  3. Compare how Romeo's feeling of love for Rosaline differs to his love for Juliet. How does Shakespeare use language and structure to convey Romeo's feelings?

    In this essay I will be comparing how Romeo?s feeling of love for Rosaline (Act 1 Scene 1) differs to his feelings for Juliet (Act 2 Scene 2). I will also be focusing on how Shakespeare uses language to convey Romeo?s feelings. ?Alas, that love, whose view is muffled still? -1, 1, 171 Act 1 Scene 1 is about how Romeo drools over his unrequited love for Rosaline. Shakespeare starts off with a soliloquy with Romeo expressing his love for Rosaline by using Iambic Pentameter. Romeo is alone on stage expressing his thoughts using ?earthy imagery?. Romeo spends most his time sighing over his depressing and virtually nonexistent love life.

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  4. How far would you agree that 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare represents the triumph of youth?

    Their youth coupled with their young love makes them impulsive, foolish, and therefore unfortunately dangerous. We know that Romeo is besotted with a Lady by the name of Rosaline, ?I do love a woman.? who is very beautiful, ?And she?s fair I love.? Romeo then goes onto talk to Benvolio in confusing opposites, ?cold fire, sick health!? He is saying that love is cruel as well as kind and that he is unhappy because he loves a woman who does not love him ?Out of her favour, where I am in love.? This relationship seems to be an infatuation on Romeo?s part and we can see that Shakespeare wanted us to understand that Romeo was

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  5. The theme of hatred in "Romeo and Juliet".

    Also, the love between Romeo and Juliet is forbidden and always includes some thought or action to do with their hate. This could be described as an oxymoron because even when they are with each other, there is still an element of hate between them. Other language devices used include repetition of the word civil, ?Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean?. This emphasises the fact that the people are doing wrong and that the hate is everywhere in the public.

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  6. How does Shakespeare use dramatic devices in Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet in order to make it such an interesting and important scene.

    restore peace to Verona is for Romeo and Juliet to die, ?who with their death bury their parent?s strife?which but their children?s end nought could remove?. There are also many other themes that run throughout the play such as; enmity, marriage, death and mainly- love. Like all pieces of literature, the play has been influenced by the era it was written in. This scene of the play serves as a reminder for us, a reminder that this play, with all its emphasis on love and romance is based in a patriarchal society, a masculine world where honour, pride, and status are prone to erupt in a fury of conflict.

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  7. Romeo and Juliet prologue (theme of rivalry)

    At the beginning of the prologue Shakespeare has wrote ??from ancient grudge break to new mutiny?? by writing ancient grudge Shakespeare wanted to tell us that the fight was going for a long time and by writing new mutiny Shakespeare told us that the fight is new again and it tells us that it was strong and now it might be even stronger this time.

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  8. How Does Shakespeare present teenagers in Romeo and Juliet

    Shakespeare has used hyperbola to exaggerate Juliet?s thoughts about this situation, and to show how spontaneous she is about it. Word ?Joyful? mixed with Juliet?s passion suppose to sound very blissful, but in this case it goes in contrast with ?he shall not?, which emphasizes the difference of the situation, from the one that we imagined. All of this language devises in one sentence have a very big impact on the audience because, author has represented feelings of the characters through their words, he makes readers feel the same emotions as the heroes of the play.

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  9. Why do you feel sympathetic towards Juliet ?

    Shakespeare makes sympathety towards her as it is not her fault that Romeo and she cannot be together. In the end of Act 1 Scene 5 and in Act 2 Scene 2 you can see that Shakespeare wants us to sympathise towards Juliet as the text shows Romeo and Juliet grieving over how they cannot be together as a result of this feud. Juliet is in love with Romeo but she is forced to hate him because of her family and Romeo?s family feud. She explains her ?only love sprung from? her ?only hate?. I feel sympathetic towards Juliet as a result of this feud between two families, she cannot love Romeo.

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  10. Views on Love in "Romeo and Juliet".

    It is too rough,too rude,too boistous and it pricks like a thorn?? (1.4.25) He is depressed because he loves a girl but she doesn?t love him back. This is his perpective of love till he meets Juilet and then he views love in a different way. When he meets Juilet he fallens in love with her and after that he expresses his love more. ?My life were better ended by their hate,than death prorogued,wanting of thy love??(2.3.60-61) in this line Romeo says that he would rather be killed than to have love without her love.

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  11. Romeo and Juliet - Romeo's Diary

    33) That is why I will be going to the party to get rid of the thought of Rosaline. It will be fun, "Ay mine own fortune in my misery". (Pg. 33) I will have a great night with my family and friends. Who knows - maybe I will find a new love - a better love. That is a few nights away. For now I will be relaxing with Benvolio, Abraham, Mercutio, and other friends. I am also looking forward to little things like supper with Mother and Father, which should be great, as always. So, I better get going.

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  12. Juliets relationship with her parents in the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

    This is portrayed in Act I Scene 2 Line 13-19. When asked for Juliet?s hand in marriage Lord Capulet states that she is too young and that Juliet is: ?The hopeful lady of my earth.? The use of the term ?earth? suggests that Juliet is his world and his life. Using this line it can be inferred that Capulet is very protective and cautious of his daughter as she is his last hope left. Act 3 Scene 5 is all about Lord Capulet telling his daughter that she has to marry Paris and Juliet refusing to do so.

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  13. How does Shakespeare show the change in Juliets fortunes in act 3 scene 5

    Their language is passionate and intense as Romeo agrees to stay and face his, this implies that Juliet?s delight in Romeo?s company is never-ending, and separation is worse than death. ?How isn?t my soul? Let?s talk? this show that the relationship between Romeo and Juliet is no longer flirtatious, but deeper and caring, this give a light hearted atmosphere and further presents the theme of happiness. Shakespeare uses specific phrases such as ?night?s candles? and vault heaven instead of words like ?stars? and ?sky? as this creates a more romantic ambiance along with blissful happiness.

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  14. How does Shakespeare make the opening gripping and exciting in Romeo and Juliet?

    It is apt that the Prologue is written in the form of a sonnet; they are often associated with love and as the play is a tragic love story, it is appropriate. The audience are told that in the play that ?A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life? and their deaths ultimately unite their feuding families. The phrase ?star cross?d? literally means against the stars; the expression links to the texts historical context because during the Elizabethan era nobility had personal astrologers to give them their horoscope and ?star cross?d? had meant that their stars were aligned.

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  15. How is love shown in Romeo and Juliet.

    This would affect an audience because the juxtaposition between love and hate involved would mean a sense of confusion and alert would be created for an Elizabethan audience, they would realise that the love story they originally came to see may include more violence and negative feelings than they first thought. For example, this is shown in the penultimate couplet ??is now the two hours traffic of our stage?; this backs up what was previously said about the violence because this type of statement would not usually be found in a sonnet.

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  16. How does Shakespeare use language and imagery to reveal Romeo and Juliets admiration for each other?

    In this way, their love becomes associated with the purity and passion of the divine.Thus there is another side to this association of personal love and religion. In using religious language to describe their burgeoning feelings for each other, Romeo and Juliet tiptoe on the edge of blasphemy. ?Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too??, Romeo compares Juliet to an image of a saint, a role that Juliet is willing to play. Shakespeare uses the image of religion to emphasise and highlight the underlying conflict between their two families and the pressure they both have to uphold their loyalty and honor to their families.

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  17. Conflict in Romeo and Juliet

    ?My sword, I say! Old Montague is come, and flourishes his blade in spite of me.? When we first meet Romeo he is love sick for Rosaline who is a Capulet which is in a way foreshadowing the love that he will have for Juliet Capulet, this is an open invite for conflict. When Romeo makes the rash decision to go to the party, he is playing with fate for even though he is not aware of Juliet?s existence yet he is still chasing after Rosaline, niece of his families great enemy.

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  18. As Romeo and Juliet are fearless to defy the laws of their society, fate drives them to the tragic ending of the play. These two themes are supported by incidents that happen to characters throughout the plot

    Fate is defined as the development of events outside a person?s control, influenced by outside forces. Fate and its power are presented throughout the play. In the first address to the audience, the Chorus states that Romeo and Juliet are ?star-crossed lovers?, a phrase which suggests that their love is being frustrated by outside forces, leading an Elizabethan audience to believe that they are controlled by fate. Also in the same passage, the Chorus declares that Romeo and Juliet?s love is ?death-marked?, which can suggest that the couple have no control over what happens, which eventually leads to the tragic ending of the play.

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  19. What do we learn about Juliets relationship with her father in the play especially from act 3, sc.5?

    ?She is the hopeful lady of my earth;? This quote shows that lord Capulet really cares about Juliet and what she becomes. In Act3 sc4 Lord Capulet agrees to Paris marrying Juliet when he was so previously against it because Lord Capulet believes that Paris is now the best thing for her and to help her recover from Tybalts death: ?things have fall?n out sir?..? Lady Capulet feels that marrying Juliet to Paris is also the best thing because her husband does.

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  20. Who is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

    So if Tybalt hadn?t come seeking a fight, Romeo wouldn?t have been banished. Therefore Tybalt is also partly to blame. Montague is similarly slightly liable, if he had not tried to force Juliet into marrying Paris she would not have had to turn to such a desperate measure as pretending to kill herself. The play is set in a patriarchal society, which gave Montague the power to do this without being questioned. However as a loving father he shouldn?t have forced this decision on Juliet without consulting her first.

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  21. How is pride and honour portrayed by the characters Tybalt and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet

    After the wedding Tybalt is seen provoking the Montagues and insisting to start a fight. Eventually Mercutio get stabbed and Romeo pursues his best friend?s murderer, in revenge Tybalt is killed brutally by Romeo. Next the police sentence Romeo to banishment from ?Verona walls?. Meanwhile Juliet is forced into a fixed marriage with a famous, rich lord called Paris. This love is again unrequited, with Juliet having no interest in him. Consequently Juliet goes to Friar Laurence and he gives her a potion to make her look dead on the day of the marriage so when Juliet wakes up she can run away with Romeo.

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  22. By a close analysis of the language, form and structure of Acts 1 and 2, consider the ways in which love is depicted and how Romeo and Juliet come to be married

    The language and imagery the characters use throughout the play portray the contrast of the feelings of each character, and the events which take place. The course of events which lead to the marriage of Romeo and Juliet takes place in a sequence of hate and suspicion, not completely of love. Their meeting occurs primarily as a result of the Montague?s wishing to interrupt the Capulet?s ball. Any other reunions then take place under very secret circumstances as their families loathe each other.

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  23. What caused the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet?

    He informs Romeo about a party being held at the Capulet?s later on that day. Romeo is first unsure about going, but soon gives in. Although he agrees, before the party Romeo mentions ?I fear, too early: for my mind misgives Some consequences yet hanging in the stars?. This clearly shows that Romeo already knows that something will go wrong for him from that night, and that he?s destined a misfortunate future. Had it not been that Romeo attended the party, he would never have met Juliet, which wouldn?t have led to their ?death marked love?, as mentioned in the prologue.

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  24. 'Romeo and Juliet' - Characterisation of Mercutio

    On the verge of his death, in Act 1 Scene 3, he curses the two families by repeating "a plague on both your houses!", which emphasises the hatred he now feels towards them. He is lying in between Romeo and Tybalt and was friends with both; he protected Romeo and had no mischief with Tybalt. Despite this, now they are worthless to him as he says "they have made worm's meat of me"; this powerful metaphor highlights that the arrogance, pride and egotism that the Montagues and Capulets felt towards each other brought him to his grave.

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