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Explain how Shakespeare conveys different emotions and moods in Romeo and Juliet(TM) with close reference to Act One Scene Five and Act Four Scene Three.

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Explain how Shakespeare conveys different emotions and moods in 'Romeo and Juliet' with close reference to Act One Scene Five and Act Four Scene Three. Romeo and Juliet is a play written by William Shakespeare in 1595 and takes place in the Italian city of Verona and surrounding areas. The story centers on the tragic love story of Romeo (A Montague) and Juliet (A Capulet). They fall for each other but their love must be secret as their families share a bitter hatred of each other. The play shows the 'star crossd lovers' effort to get away from each of their families and the problems that arise in their plan. Romeo and Juliet is an age old play but is still very well known in today's society because of its long lasting universal themes - love and hate, war and peace, arranged marriage and so on. In this essay I will try to and hopefully succeed in answering the above question as well as possible, using the knowledge that I know of and quotes from the play. Just before Act 1 scene 5, Romeo is infatuated by Rosaline and is distressed because he loves her but she does not love him. 'Out of her favor where I am in love'. Romeo is annoyed by Rosaline and later on he shows that his unfortunate relationship with her has made time go very slowly. ...read more.

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Romeo says this quote at the point of his monologue when he is watching Juliet dance. Words such as ' true beauty' show Romeo's passion. They talk and kiss, falling for each other. At the end of the party the mood changes totally. Romeo finds out that Juliet is a Capulet and is distressed: 'Is she a Capulet? O dear account, My life is my foes debt' This language shows that Romeo is disappointed and annoyed. 'My life is my foes debt' implies that his life is in ruins as his love is his enemy. Juliet shares the same emotions when Nurse tells her that Romeo is a Montague. 'My only love sprung from my only hate..... That I must have loathed an enemy.' Juliet's comment there shows there shows that Juliet is disappointed as well, with her only love coming from her intense enemy. It seems quite ironic that is that this happens and gives the story a unique twist, giving the story more life. Words such as 'loathed' show Juliet's disappointed as loathed is a strong word in my view. After Capulet's party in act 1 scene 5, Romeo shares the famous balcony scene with Juliet. They exchange vows of love and agree to marry in secret. The following day, with the help of Friar Lawrence and Nurse, Romeo and Juliet marry. ...read more.

Conclusion

'What if it be poison which the Friar subtly administered to Have me dead' This again conveys fear. Juliet is quite right to think this, if anyone found out about the marriage and who married them, it would be Friar who would be in trouble. He would need to clean up his tracks if he were to remain safe and no one would know. Many different angles are being rushed around in Juliet's mind. Juliet then begins to think about when she inside the crypt. What if she wakes up and Romeo is not there? 'How if, when I am laid in the tomb, I wake Before Romeo comes.... And I am there strangld' Juliet has many fears; most of all is dying and marriage to Paris. This again shows Juliet's fear, as with the other four quotes in this paragraph. Words such as strangld show that she is afraid of suffocation. In other comments about the crypt, Juliet fears the bodies in the tomb may come alive and attack her. She fears most of all, Tybalt's body. She eventually drinks the potion out of love for her Romeo. 'Romeo, Romeo here's the drink - I drink to thee' This again shows Juliet's love and commitment for Romeo. She will risk anything for love, much of the same as Romeo would do if he were in the same position. It shows that they are truly in love and were meant to be. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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