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Explore Shakespeare’s presentation of Love and Death in ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

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Explore Shakespeare's presentation of Love and Death in 'Romeo and Juliet' In the following essay I will be exploring Shakespeare's presentation of love and death in Romeo and Juliet. I will be looking at many aspects of love and death throughout the play. I will also be focusing on the themes and morals of the play. Finally I will be analysing key scenes and characters closely in terms of their significance. Romeo and Juliet was written by the famous writer known as William Shakespeare who was renowned for his famous plays like 'Merchant Of Venice' and 'Macbeth' to name but a few. William Shakespeare wrote 'Romeo and Juliet' between 1594 and 1595 but we question whether it was all his idea. It was thought that he could have got his idea from many sources. The first known source was by Malleo Vandello wrote 'Novelle' in 1554 this story also follows Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in a very comparable way. Nevertheless most people believe that Shakespeare's soul source was Arthur Brooke's poem with the tragical history of Romeous and Juliet and Shakespeare turned this poem into an emotional play as he touched on the love/ hate theme and also the star crossed fortune of Romeo and Juliet. Regardless of the sources most scholars would agree that Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is a masterpiece manipulating language and human interaction. The play is important in the history of drama because the storyline would appeal to audiences of both genders and any age. ...read more.

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Just like Romeo would rather kill himself than have to live without the love of Juliet, she too says the exact same thing earlier in the play. Romeo gets to the tomb and sees Juliet. He gives a brief speech about his love for her. He promises that he will remain beside her forever, even if it is in death. He drinks the poison, and dies. This is the ultimate act of love - killing oneself for love. Love and death are inseparable here. Throughout the play, there is a lot of talk about love and death, but it is here at the climax and end of the play that they finally come together. The prince takes drastic measures to ensure that his society stays peaceful. We are now going to look at a few love scenes .Firstly we will be focussing on Act 1 Scene 5. This is an important scene if we are discussing the theme of love in the play as Romeo catches sight of Juliet for the first time. He is deep in thought by Juliet's beauty describing her in simile when he says "As a rich jewel in Ethiops ear .Beauty too rich for use ......" This is effective because she shines brightly and is quite heavenly and angelic. He also uses hyperbole to extravagantly describe how bright she is. The use of personification in the line "O she doth teach the torches to burn so bright................" ...read more.

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Romeo then gazes on Juliet and admires her beauty. He imagines that death wants Juliet as a lover. "Death, that hath sucked the honey of thy breath, Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty: Thou art not conquered, beauty's ensign yet Is Crimson in thy lips and thy cheeks. And death pale flag is not advanced there " He personifies death and actually feels jealous that Juliet has been taken away. A line which he expresses this is "Shall I believe That unsubstantially Death is amorous, And that the lean abhorred monster keeps Thee here in dark to be his paramour" He is also traumatized by this and decided to join her in death "The doors of breath seal with righteous kiss. A dateless bargain to engrossing Death! " In conclusion I would say that there are man morals which run throughout the entire play. The morals are based on mainly on Romeo and Juliet. I think that Shakespeare is trying to tell us that if you are ever in love you should take it easy and rush into these sorts of mater. This was not done by Romeo and Juliet as they rushed their love too quickly and this cost their lives. I feel that this play is tragedy as two star crossed lovers take their lives and are prepared to do anything in the name of love and for this they have to die. This is a classic as this is very true in many of modern dramas and films and follows the same outline of Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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