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Explore Shakespeare's presentation of Romeo.

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Explore Shakespeare's presentation of Romeo: Romeo and Juliet, the story of "two star crossed lovers". The story begins by telling us about the Montague's and the Capulet's. "Two households both alike in dignity" Meaning the Montague's and Capulet's are both at the same social position, which is assumed to be rather high. The families have both been enemies, "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny". Romeo attends a Capulet ball, where he meets Juliet, and little does he know that she is a Capulet, he falls in love with her almost immediately. However, shortly after their meeting they both discover each other's names and realize that they are family enemies. "My only love, sprung from my only hate". Juliet says, soon after her meeting with Romeo. Their family conflict grounds many problems for their doomed love. The two, without knowledge of their parents marry in secret. However Juliet's father has found the perfect match for her, a "radiant" young man named, Paris. This causes a lot of problems for Romeo and Juliet, and their love for each other, which started out as a happy moment in time, starts to go awfully wrong. Romeo is first introduced as a untroubled and na�ve young man, and over the next 3 days he is faced with serious issues and has to deal with some of the major events in his life, such as falling in love, getting married, murder, dealing with banishment and death, and finally taking his own life as he cant live without the girl he loves. At the beginning of the play Romeo's father and mother are talking to his Cousin, their nephew, Benvolio. Romeo's father is concerned about Romeo's behavior, and says that he seems unhappy. ...read more.

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Juliet says to him "So stumblest on my counsel?" Meaning he has heard her private thought which she was saying out loud. Juliet asks him how he got there, as the orchard walls are hard to climb. Romeo replies, "For stony limits cannot hold out love" Romeo is saying that the wall cant keep him away from her. Juliet informs him that if anyone sees him there he will be murdered. Romeo says "My life were better ended by their hate, than death prorogued, wanting of thy love." He tells Juliet that he rather be killed by their hatred for him, rather than go on living, waiting for death without her love. She wants Romeo to tell her that he loves her, but she doesn't want any lies. "If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully" Juliet is frightened that Romeo will think she is too forward. "In truth fair Montague, I am too fond. An therefore thou mayst think my haviour light" She thinks that girls who have skill will play hard to get. The nurse calls Juliet. As she is about to leave Romeo says, "O wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied". He begs Juliet to at least exchange vows of love with him. Juliet says she gave him hers before he even requested them. Romeo and Juliet decided to marry. Romeo goes to Friar Lawrence, a man he trusts and has a lot of respect for. He asks for Friar Lawrence to marry him and Juliet. Friar Lawrence senses that Romeo has been out all night, and he questions him. Romeo tells him of his new love for Juliet, a Capulet. Friar Lawrence is surprised that Romeo has fallen for the offspring of his enemy, and also in the sudden change of Romeo's attitude and feelings. ...read more.

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Balthasar tells him that Juliet is dead. Romeo is heartbroken. He thinks the girl he loves, his wife, is not alive anymore, and he will never be able to be with her again. "Then I defy you, stars" The stars have intended that Juliet shall die and be taken away from Romeo. He is determined not to let that happen. Romeo does not want to live without Juliet; "Well Juliet, I will lie with thee tonight". He is willing to take his own life just so he can be with her forever. Romeo goes to an apothecary who is very poor and will be willing to sell him some poison, even though this is illegal. The poison Romeo buys is strong enough to kill twenty men. Romeo makes his way to Juliet's tomb and finds Paris there. The two men fight, and Romeo Kills him. 'Open the tomb, lay me with Juliet' Before Paris died he asked to be placed next to his love, Juliet. It is only then Romeo realizes who he has killed; "Mercutio's kinsman, noble county Paris!" "Death, lie thou there, by a dead man interred" Romeo is saying that he will kill himself, but he feels dead already, now that he thinks Juliet is gone. Romeo sees Juliet. He is struck by her beauty. "Ah dear Juliet, Why art thou yet so fair? Shall I believe that unsubstantial death is amorous?" He means bodiless death is in love with Juliet. Swearing that he will stay with her forever, Romeo swallows the poison. Friar Lawrence arrives at the vault, and its at this time Juliet wakes up. Friar Lawrence tells her what has happened, and tries to hurry her out, but she refuses to leave. She to, would rather be dead than live without Romeo. Hearing people coming, she quickly takes Romeo's daggers and stabs herself. Sophia Lomer ...read more.

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