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Explore the relationships between Romeo and his parents and Juliet and her parents. Consider the dramatic devices used by Shakespeare as they are presented to the audience. Discuss the social and historical context within the play is set?

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Romeo and Juliet English Coursework Explore the relationships between Romeo and his parents and Juliet and her parents. Consider the dramatic devices used by Shakespeare as they are presented to the audience. Discuss the social and historical context within the play is set? The play is about falling in love, which is why it appears to be directed towards a younger audience. It is timeless because the feeling of falling in love has happened and will continue to happen. It is a part of human nature; Shakespeare wrote a play primarily to entertain his audience. Although the play is a tragic love story it still has to contain some humour between the characters, it also involves scenes of hate. ...read more.

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The social code of Elizabethan times is that children's parents would arrange marriages for them this would always cause problems in the family. Capulet and Lady Capulet think that Paris is a very good catch for Juliet and she would be very happy but Juliet has an undivided need for Romeo. This play is about a battle between Juliet's true love and her parent's wishes. The relationship between Juliet and her mother is quite distant. Like Romeo, she has a better relationship with a person other than her parents. In her case, the nurse. This is proven in act1 scene3 when the nurse says: '' I would say thou had'st sucked wisdom from thy heart'' This means the nurse breastfed Juliet whilst she was younger, she must have sucked wisdom from her heart/chest. ...read more.

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Finally Lady Capulet asks her daughter if she can like of Paris' love. Juliet replies with a negative response, ''I'll look to like, if looking liking move; but no more deep will I endart mine eye Than your consent gives strength to make it fly''. Act 1 Scene 5 consists of the 'Masked Ball' held by Capulet, Paris was invited so that he could meet Juliet. Romeo and his friends managed to get hold of invitations to go to the ball and whilst in there, Tybalt, Juliets cousin, realised that Romeo and various others of his friends had come uninvited to the Capulet ball. Lord Capulet makes it clear to Tybalt that he does not want any trouble as it would give him a bad reputation and would ruin the party that was being held in his house. ...read more.

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This pupil has sometimes referred to the text and given an opinion. There is too much emphasis on narration here and not enough exploration of theme, language or character.

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