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  1. Compare the presentation of Romeo in the play with the same character in the 1996 adaption

    Shakespeare uses hyperboles to further emphasise the fact that Romeo is profoundly in love with Juliet and displays that he is idealistic and passionate about her. The use of dramatic irony in the phrase also creates sympathy for Romeo and shows him in a na�ve way as he describes Juliet as if she should be in heaven which from the audience perspective is ironic as they know that both Romeo and Juliet will die together because of their passion and love for each other.

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  2. 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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  3. Starting with Act 2 Scene 3 how far do you think Friar Lawrence is responsible for the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet?

    He talks about Juliet as being better than everything else. "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright." Before meeting Juliet, Romeo was infatuated with Rosaline. He shows his impulsiveness by seeing Juliet's beauty and instantly falling in love with her. The word 'teach' shows that Juliet hypothetically knows better than the torches how to burn bright. And the use of 'burn bright' shows that she gets rid of all darkness. The audience might think that Shakespeare is trying to imply that Juliet gets rid of the darkness in Romeo, meaning she makes him happy again. Alternately others may think that Shakespeare is trying to suggest that Juliet lights up a room when she walks in.

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  4. How is love presented in the early acts of Romeo and Juliet?

    He is seen walking "underneath the grove of sycamore." Sycamore trees are usually associated with despairing lovers in Elizabethan poetry - he is a typical Elizabethan lover, almost a walking clich�. This is one of the first signs that tells us that Romeo is lovesick - "sycamore" (sick amour - sick in love). He seems to have lost all reason and common sense - when Benvolio tells Romeo to look elsewhere for love and for him to 'examine other beauties' he rejected the idea but, ironically this is what happens and he is married in 24 hours.

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  5. Discuss how Shakespeare uses dramatic devices in Act III, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet to lead the play towards tragedy.

    Fate is an important theme in Romeo and Juliet; this however would be more important to a 16th century audience than a 21st century one. In the sixteenth century superstition was widely and strongly believed in. Act III Scene 1 creates tension and the chain of events towards Romeo and Juliet's death at this point in the play. This is because as the fight scene is after the marriage scene, Romeo is already married and does not want to fight as Tybalt is now his family.

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  6. What is the Significance of Fate and Destiny in Romeo and Juliet?

    As Romeo and Juliet's death may not have affected them, the fact their deaths were due to suicide, would. This would be because suicide was an act against their religion and hence, God. Arranged and approved marriages by the patriarch would have been normal for all classes. This was an expected and traditional part of Elizabethan life. Women had limited roles in society and became either a housewife or a mother. Elizabethan women gave birth on average every two years and were required to. If a woman was not married and did not belong to a patriarch, they would be extremely poor and probably turn to prostitution.

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  7. Analyse the structure of Act One Scene Five and explain its relevance to the whole of Romeo and Juliet

    The family feud goes back years before any of the characters were born, yet it still continues because neither family is ready to forgive and forget the past. "Draw, if you be men. Gregory, remember thy swashing blow." They have been seen fighting in the public streets and displaying violence which involves the townspeople. When Lord Capulet enters and greets the guests, we need to be able to tell that he is powerful, arrogant and people respect him a lot.

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  8. Discuss Shakespeares use of language to compare and contrast love and hate in Romeo and Juliet.

    This line also has a modern relevance to today as it still may occur in language. The prologue gives a brief summary of the whole play and includes an oxymoron: "death-marked love". This provides the reader with contrast because they are so opposite the reader does not expect death to be associated with love. At the start of the play Shakespeare uses language and contrast to create mood and hope for the audience. The first two characters that are introduced at the beginning of the play are a contrast to each other. One is named Benvolio a kind loving character who wants to create peace between the Capulet's and Montague's.

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  9. Explore the ways that Shakespeare makes Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective.

    William Shakespeare was inspired by the historical context and chose to base his play around two families, the Montague's and the Capulet, which were sworn enemies. Romeo from the Montague family and Juliet from the Capulet fell in love without knowing their families were rival, yet the conflict still continued due to the fact their families would never forget their long history of hatred. Marriages in Shakespeare's time were very different compared to now. At that time children had arranged marriages and parents chose partners for them with higher or similar status.

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  10. Focusing on act one scene five and act three scene one of Romeo and Juliet, explain in detail how Shakespeare uses dramatic devices to engage and excite his audience.

    Also at the time religion played a major role and there was a lot of conflict between the Catholics and the Protestants. Shakespeare uses the Capulets and the Montagues to portray this, showing it could only end in disaster. Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 3 Scene 1 seem to be the turning points in the play, where all the themes in the prologue seem to meet and come together. In act 1 scene 5 love and hate seem to be alongside each other in harmony as the two lovers meet, and also Tybalt is forced to maintain the peace, yet swears revenge.

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. What Do We Learn of Romeo and Juliet from their Famous Balcony Scene in Act 2, Scene 2?

    The vendetta is many generations old and by the year in which the play is set, the Montagues and the Capulets are taught to hate each other since the moment they are born. Romeo and Juliet did not start the vendetta nor were alive when the vendetta began, and so they cannot be blamed for it, or technically their love. However, the couple do not help matters by repeatedly meeting each other. They are guilty in that respect as Romeo avoids Benvolio and Mercutio when they are talking about him in Act 2 - Scene 1, and Juliet talks to Romeo at length from her balcony and keeps on returning to say goodbye to him.

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  16. 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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  17. Who is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet Essay

    In this way, it can be seen that there are several people who are to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Firstly, Romeo was at fault for loving so quickly and thinking it was true over that would last forever. Even through the Montague's and the Capulet's were enemies Romeo still went forth with everything he did, such as sneaking into Juliet's house and professing his love to her 'Th'exchange of they love's faithful vow for mine' (II.ii.125).

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  18. Comment on how Shakespeare uses language to convey the emotion of Romeo and Juliet in Act 2 scene 2 of the play.

    After this the Montagues and Capulets stopped the arguing and became friends again. In act 2 scene 2, Romeo sneaks into the Capulet's garden near Juliet's room. Romeo over hears Juliet's private thoughts about him and how deeply in love she is. When Juliet realises Romeo is there, they begin to talk. This turns into them both declaring their love for one another. Finally after a romantic talk they both decide to get married. In act 2 scene 2 Shakespeare uses many different language techniques. These consist of similes, metaphors, imagery (nature/religion/love and death), personification and dramatic irony.

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  19. In this essay I will analyse how Romeo's use of language show the strength of his feelings.

    He seems annoyed by how love has deceived him because he calls it "weak" and "childish". However, when Romeo uses imagery to describe Juliet, it sounds like he is be-witched by her Goddess-like beauty. "Juliet is the sun", Romeo seems to believe that Juliet is above everything else and feels that she is out of his reach. When Romeo uses celestial imagery, he refers to Juliet as the "sun", so everything revolves around her because she is the light and the centre of his world like how the sun is to the solar system.

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  20. How I would stage Act 3 Scene 1 Lines 33-86

    He feels intimidated by team Capulet as they are a fierce team who play rough. Bonvolio does not say this line very loudly but he directs it at Mercutio and the rest of the team. In the next line (By my heel, I don't care.), Mercutio is sighing. He acknowledges them, but he really doesn't want to play against them. He is not intimidated by them either, unlike Bonvolio. In line 73 Tybalt says (What wouldst thou have with me?). He delivers this line being really confident in himself. He believes that Mercutio is not a threat and could be beat down easily. Tybalt has a history of fighting and is known for starting fights.

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  21. Who is to Blame for the death of Romeo & Juliet: Friar Lawrence, Tybalt or Lord Capulet

    Romeo & Juliet's death could have been prevented, if they were not brought together. The first mistake the Friar made was bringing them together. This mistake leads them to their death. "For, by your leaves, you shall not stay alone." "Till holy church incorporate two in one." None of the deaths would have occurred if they weren't married. He speaks as though he is a gift from God, and he is higher positioned then the rest of the characters. Even after the death of Mercutio and Romeo's banishment, the ignorant Friar continues to bring the lovers together. He devises a hasted plan to fake Juliet's death, as she was about to committed suicide herself.

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  22. 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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  23. Romeo and Juliet Fate? Some say this ending is inevitable due to fate, and some say the two lovers have the power to change their destiny. Can this pair of lovers escape their fate?

    Can this pair of lover escape their fate? Due to three main points, including Romeo and Juleit's family fued, their personalities and time, it is my strong conviction that Romeo and Juliet are strongly controled by fate, and there is nothing they can do. Firstly, due to fate, Romeo and Juliet are born in two families which are continuously in rivalry. Due to an unstated reason, there is a strong family feud between the Montagues and Capulets. As these two families hate each other a lot, there is little chance for both families to allow and approve of Romeo and Juliet's relationship.

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  24. 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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  25. 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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