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English -romeo & juliet -whos to blame for the deaths

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English - romeo and Juliet coursework - who was to blame ? Lord Montague Lady Montague Romeo Mercutio Benvolio Friar Laurence At the start of "Romeo & Juliet" Romeo is in love with a girl called Rosaline however at a feast held by Lord Capulet Romeo meets Juliet and the pair instantly fall in love at first sight. This is bad because their families are sworn enemies and are always fighting in public nevertheless they decide they want to get married so Romeo asks his friend Friar Laurence if he will marry them; to get word of the time and date of the marriage Romeo tells Juliet's nurse to inform Juliet of it. Straight after his secret marriage Romeo encounters Mercutio challenging Tybalt to a duel, after Romeo tries to stop Mercutio fighting Tybalt kills him under Romeos arm, in revenge Romeo slays Tybalt. ...read more.

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Friar Laurence tries to send a message to Romeo to explain the plan but there is an illness in Mantua so the messenger is unable to give the message to Romeo. When Benvolio sees Juliet dead he goes to Mantua to tell Romeo what he has seen, at this point Romeo races back to Verona and buys the strongest poison the apothecary has to offer, goes to Juliet's tomb and kills himself just as Juliet is awakening, when Juliet sees Romeo is really dead she takes his knife and kills herself; this puts an end to their two families fighting. In this essay I will explore the dramatic devices Shakespeare used in Act 3 Scene 5 of "Romeo and Juliet" more specifically the contrast between romance and violence, the different types of relationships, the language Shakespeare uses and the stagecraft. Act 3 Scene 5 is the scene where Romeo has just been banished and he climbs into Juliet's room where they spend the night ...read more.

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This contrasts with the violent elements of this scene, the most shocking of which are when Lord Capulet says to Juliet "An you be mine I give you to my friend; an you be not hang, beg, starve, die in the streets". This is violent because he has threatened to disown her, which is a threat he may have just made in the heat of the argument. A modern person would think that it is very extreme for him to disown her for disobeying him just once, however to an Elizabethan audience this would be normal because of the hierarchy of the time. Lady Capulet is also violent when she says "talk not to me, for ill not speak a word" this is not direct violence but it shows that her mother will not speak up for her when her father tries to abandon her. This would devastate Juliet's future because she needs her Capulet name to even marry into a noble family, if she didn't have her father's support she would have to marry into a lower-class family, if at all. ...read more.

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