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English Romeo and Juliet Acts 1-3

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ALEX OPENSHAW GCSE ENGLISH ASSIGNMENT ROMEO AND JULIET The play 'Romeo and Juliet' is adapted by English playwrite and poet William Shakespeare. Shakespeare was highly developed in writing a range of different plays but more so in the field of tragedy. This is shown in some of his most famous plays such as Macbeth, Hamlet and the play I will be studying Romeo and Juliet. The story demonstrates comedy, violence and eventually death between two warring families Montague and Capulet in the Italian city Verona. However the main genre of the play is romance and the love of the obvious main characters Romeo and Juliet. It will be this relationship I will be studying in my assignment along with Romeo's former love Rosaline. I will be comparing the relationships of Romeo and his two loves and focusing particularly on the use of petrarchan language that is used. Along with talking about how Shakespeare portrays Romeo's feelings I shall also be commenting on differences and similarities of the two relationships through examining the text and using quotes. I will be particularly studying acts 1-3 of the play. From the very start of the play in Act 1 Scene 1 the young Romeo can be seen in a state of love and is viewed as little different through the whole story. ...read more.


The audience are still sticking with the idea about Romeo being obsessive about love. They also think that Juliet is a little na�ve and would probably adore any other man with good looks. At the start of act 2 the character Mercutio a friend of Romeo's, is seen expressing his views on love. He feels almost the directly the opposite to Romeo believing that women are not to be seen as wonderful goddesses but as sexual objects. We can tell this is the case from hearing how he ridicules the romance in front of Romeo. Mercutio acts this through calling out to Romeo and deriding him saying ' Romeo! Humours! Madman! Passion! Lover! ' describing everything Romeo is being. In Mercutio's own view on love he expresses his obscenity by using language such as 'medlar fruit' and poperin pear'. After hearing this the audience see Mercutio as someone who can provide comedy in the play but someone who is willing to put a downer on romance. Some may even suspect him of being a homosexual from his terminology. Act 2 Scene 2 beholds the famous balcony scene between Romeo and Juliet. At the start of speech Juliet does not know Romeo is secretly listening to her speak. ...read more.


After inputting these kinds of statements from the couple Shakespeare is persuading the audience to accept that the love of Romeo and Juliet is genuine. Much further on in the play in Act 5 Scene 2 the love of Romeo and Juliet is bona fide by Shakespeare. In this particular scene both of the lovers end up committing suicide (which was very much a sin at that time) so they could be together. Romeo is the first to take his own life after his last words being ' Here's to my love! O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die. ' Following this Juliet awakes and observes that Romeo has killed himself she takes his dagger and delivers her final words ' This is thy sheath; there rust, and let me die '. In conclusion to the assignment title there are many differences and similarities in the two relationships that are signalled throughout the play. The obvious main difference is that Juliet's relationship was a lot more significant than Rosaline's for the many reasons I have talked about in the assignment. There have been many similarities too most recognisable the advances made by Romeo and how he stuck to using petrarchan language in trying to win over the two women. These small details are evidence of why Shakespeare was a very thorough and technical writer and why he is one of the best. ...read more.

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