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    Explain how important Juliet's isolation is in the development of the plot in Romeo and Juliet

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    As a result of Juliet's isolation she is blissfully ignorant of the ways of the world making her quite vulnerable to all she is put through during the play. However, as Romeo and Juliet develops and Juliet becomes the wife of Romeo, she quickly matures into a new person who can think for herself and survive alone. She openly defies the Nurse and her parents. She screams at the Nurse, "[g]o Counselor," and boldly resists her parents' decision for her to marry Count Paris, "[h]e shall not make me there a joyful bride."

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    Romeo and Juliet : Development of Juliet's Character

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    Act 2 Scene 2 is the famous balcony scene of the lovers. In this scene I feel Juliet appears immature although she is in a difficult situation. 'Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?' [Line 35 acts 2 scene 2]. Juliet says this aloud, forgetting anyone could hear her. The way in which she does not tell her family even though in act 1 scene 5 Capulet says, 'Verona brags of him to be a virtuous and well-governed youth.' Although I feel she does behave maturely on occasion, 'What's Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot, nor arm, nor face,' [line 43 act 1 scene 5].

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    Explore the relationships between Romeo and his parents and Juliet and her parents. Consider the dramatic devices used by Shakespeare as they are presented to the audience. Discuss the social and historical context within the play is set?

    In the history of plays/stories they are all based around the same kind of subjects and there are only about 7 original stories. It is a world of hate and bound to end the same way. Their love is impossible and the innocence of youth is destroyed throughout the story. Shakespeare has moments of humour in even his most tragic plays. The relationships in general are very important, it shows a lot about relationships in real life, maybe just not as tragic.

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    How does Shakespeare create tension in Act 3 scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet

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    Shakespeare and the Elizabethan's also were strong believers of superstitions, curses and the idea that the natural world can influence your mood, which is shown when Mercutio is dying and cries out 'A plague O' both your houses.' which is an example of a curse, and yet at the same time Shakespeare uses the intense heat at the start of the scene to build tension. The structure that Shakespeare uses for 'Romeo and Juliet' is clever as it works both before and with act 3 scene 1 to create three main parts that do that: One is the prince's warning

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  5. Juliets relationship with Nurse in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is important because it shows how so much trust which has been built up over the years can be broken by a small thing.

    Actually in fact Nurse tells Juliet to marry Romeo "Then hie you hence to Friar Laurence' cell. There stays a husband to make you a wife". The bond between Juliet and Nurse is broken when Lord Capulet insists that Juliet marry Paris. When Juliet goes to Nurse, Nurse simply tells her to marry Paris " I think you are happy in this second match. For it excels your first: or if it did not.

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  6. Compare and Contrast two scenes in Romeo and Juliet which explore key themes in the play

    The main underlying theme in Act 2 Scene 2 is love, as it is in most of the play. However, Shakespeare makes this scene stand out from all the others due to its great significance to the course of the play and by contrasting the happiness of love at this point with the tragic, yet inevitable conclusion to the play. Another difference is that Shakespeare does not intermingle the deep love with the tragedy of death. The scene itself also greatly improves the character's reaction to love.

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  7. How does Shakespear dramatise scenes of love and hate in Act 1 Scene 5?

    Then when Act 1, Scene 5 starts the tension is mostly released as Lord Capulet is very welcoming and it relaxes people a bit, but the audience might still have what Romeo said in the back of their minds, so the tension isn't released completely. Lord Capulet says that the women who don't have corns will be dancing, so all the women will dance as they don't want anyone to think that they have corns. At this point in the scene, everything is quite relaxed and everyone is in a party mood, no one is really expecting anything bad to happen yet.

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  8. Explore the theme of marriage and love in Romeo and Juliet, comparing how attitudes, towards marriage and love have changed from Shakespeares day to today

    The play Romeo and Juliet is set in the city Verona, it is set around the 16th century the reason why I think Shakespeare choose the era is because there's was a lot of complications between males and females, the males where always dominant characters in house holds. This meant that the men would own everything, this will include the property, any money or inheritance which has come forth her family will automatically be owned by the male, which meant that if they wanted to separate ( have a divorce )

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  9. Explore the ways in which Shakespeare creates dramatic tension and interest in Act 1

    The prologue ends with a rhyming couplet which invites the audience to listen with 'patient ears' which brings across the idea that the play is definitely worth watching. Act 1 Scene 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet' begins with the Capulet servants Sampson and Gregory talking about violence: fighting, rape and death, in the streets of Verona. It is an opening full of action, which is used to capture the audience's attention and create dramatic interest as well as tension. The lines spoken are short and sharp, and it seems like the characters are finishing each others sentences.

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  10. To what extent does Romeo have free will?

    Romeo's love for Juliet is fated to death. This can be seen in the prologue where Shakespeare refers to their love as "death mark'd". This insinuates to the audience that their love is doomed, and whatever Romeo does to defy this, it shall not work. After Mercutio had been attacked by Tybalt, he declares "a' plague a both houses". Mercutio was angered as he believed that his death was caused by these two feuding families. However, this could mean that he wants Romeo and Tybalt to die. This could be because the "plague" was a deadly virus (The plague was prevalent at the time when the play was set)

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  11. How does Shakespeare explore the idea of love in Romeo and Juliet?

    "Is the day so young?" Romeo has been thinking about Rosaline and is surprised when he learns it is still morning. Romeos feeling of love have not been reciprocated by Rosaline and this predicament is making him dwell on his emotional torment, therefore making the time drag on. If Romeo were truly in love with Rosaline thoughts of her would not be making him feel so forlorn and despondent but as if there wasn't enough time in the world for him and the one he loves, like later on when Romeo and Juliet are trying to convince themselves that the morning has not come yet.

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  12. How does Shakespeare initiate and maintain audience interest in Romeo and Juliet with particular emphasis on Act 1 scenes?

    This proves that since Elizabethan times our customs and what we find to be entertaining have changed. In "Henry V", The King receives a mocking gift of tennis balls from the Dauphin, King Henry then replies using a series of puns that mention warfare. Act 1, scene 2, lines 261-66: King Henry: "When we have matched our rackets to these balls, we will in France, by God's grace, play a set Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard. Tell him he hath made a match with such a wrangler That all the courts of France will be disturbed With chases."

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  13. WHY IS ACT 1 SCENE 5 SUCH AN IMPORTANT SCENE IN ROMEO AND JULIET?

    These two young lovers knew this and this is why they kept their marriage a secret. If their parents discovered their secret, they would have made their children's lives miserable. Romeo and Juliet would not have been able to see each other. Both of these families were very stubborn and there was hardly anything that would have made them become friends. In the Prologue we learn that the only way the "strife" could be ended was by the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. "Doth with their death bury their parents' strife?" The play opens with the servants of the Montague and Capulet families quarrelling and fighting in the streets of Verona, Italy.

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  14. Romeo and Juliet. How does Shakespeare use the dramatic device of character to communicate the idea of hate and violence?

    In Romeo and Juliet the themes are love, hate and violence. Love is shown when Romeo gets married with Juliet secretly and hate and violence is shown at act 3 scene one when Mercutio and Tybalt are slayed and this is how Shakespeare uses the device of juxtaposition to emphasize the themes of hate and violence. As we can see in act scene1 the servants make violent comments "I will cut of their maidenheads" "My naked weapon is out", this demonstrate that Shakespeare incorporate the theme of violence through language of character, even character with smaller roles.

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  15. By a study of both Romeo and Juliet and a selection of his sonnets (Sonnet 18, Sonnet 129 and Sonnet 130), explore the way in which Shakespeare portrays different concepts of love.

    Nature and summer have come to be archetypal comparisons for love but the use of a rhetorical question is unusual, suggesting uncertainty. The speaker compares the eternal beauty of his lover to the transient beauty of nature, thus subverts literary romantic ideals by emphasising that the accepted literary ideals are no longer relevant: "Thou art more lovely and more temperate". The repetition of the word 'more' emphasises the inadequacy of a summer's day when trying to express the subject's qualities.

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  16. Directing the Balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo's movement and gesture is an important aspect of the scene as his big elegant footsteps create a huge amount of tension, Romeo shows his love for Juliet has reached the highest level and he is keen to be with her as soon as possible. Romeo's slow and tender movement is seen as romance in the audience's eyes. This piece of work is vital for a prosperous scene. Romeo's movements should be as superior as a royal feast. The test for Romeo is troublesome but once you complete the test of movement then you feel the proud glory within yourself.

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  17. Explore How Act 1 Scene 5 of Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet is dramatically effective and why it is such a significant scene within the play?

    However, if they found the play boring, or didn't like the acting, they would throw food at the actors, shout abuse or even start fights and try to pull the actors off of the stage. Therefore, the play-writers would try and make their plays as dramatic and effective as possible to keep the audience members entertained. At the start of Act 1 Scene 5 the servants speak informally about all the work they have to do, they are trying to get everything ready for the party.

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  18. Juliet is less developed than Romeo. The play only shows her as the object of admiration and not much of a character herself. Do you agree with this critical opinion?

    At the beginning Juliet is seen as an obedient and compliant person who is used to listening to orders and following her parents every command. This is shown in Act 1 Scene 3 where she responds to her mothers calling with a formal 'Madam, I am here, what is your will?' The word 'madam' shows that Juliet is extremely formal when addressing her mother and doesn't treat her in the way that modern teenagers would treat their mothers. This is understandable because in Shakespearean/Jacobean times daughters were expected to be act proper in front of both their parents especially if they were from a higher class.

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  19. Who is responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet? - my short play script

    -Postwoman] [Steven Bendell - Apothecary] [Georgia Murphy -Friar Lawrence]

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  20. Love is Lust. Upon reading the play, Romeo and Juliet, readers could clearly determine the kind of relationship shared by the two main characters. Shakespeares famous tragic play shows the lustful relationship that transpired between Romeo and Ju

    Immaturity, inconsistent love, and attraction based solely on physical attraction explain the lustful desires shared by Romeo and Juliet. There is no real love at a young age. Adults have different views about love from teenagers. During the period of adolescence, we misinterpret love with infatuation. Innocent little Juliet is still "a stranger in the world" (I.v.8) and according to her father, "She hath not seen the change of fourteen years" (I.ii.9). It tells the reader that since Juliet is still fourteen, she does not know anything about love and marriage. This idea does not only concern Juliet but also Romeo.

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  21. Romeo and Juliet talk to each other in only three scenes in the whole play (Act 1 Scene 5, Act 2 Scene 2, Act 3 Scene 5). Examine the significance of these scenes to the overall play.

    Even though other actors are present at the time Romeos speech is a soliloquy because he is speaking his thoughts out loud, dubbing Juliet a 'snowy dove' amongst 'crows'. Doves have always been praised for their beauty in calling Juliet a 'snowy dove' he is saying the she is exquisitely beautiful outshining the other women who he calls are "crows" repugnant birds. This makes us believe that Juliet who is yet to speak is very striking. Demonstrating his love for her.

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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. Sonnet 116. Sonnet 116 and the play of Romeo and Juliet can relate as sonnet 116 is about love and how love doesn't fade away not matter what the obstacles are

    Shakespeare starts the sonnet by saying that he is not trying to talk down on love or discourage anyone who thinks they have it. "Let me not to the marriage of true minds / Admit impediments". This quote tells me that one of the aspects of true love is that it does not weaken over time. This means that no matter how long you're in love together, it will never fade as it might last an eternity."Love is not love/which alters when it alteration finds".

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  25. Comparison of Romeo between play and film.

    This is shown when he removes his mask and throws it into the water basin, revealing his face at the Capulet party; it is then followed by a close up shot of the mask. Using the close up makes the mask look larger, symbolising its importance in Romeo's character development and Romeo's lack of care for his family name. Furthermore the mask portrays the Montague family, and how they covered Romeo's real identity and feelings all his life In both the film adaptation and the play, Romeo's maturity is seen to be improving particularly after marrying Juliet.

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