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Explore the ways in which Romeo and Juliet's relationship is portrayed in the play

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Explore the ways in which Romeo and Juliet's relationship is portrayed in the play In my opinion, the relationship between Romeo and Juliet is portrayed in lots of different ways. It is portrayed as tragic, united, shows signs of true and untrue love, and also shows signs that the couple are a victim of fate. In the prologue, we learn that the play will end in tragedy. 'The fearful passage of their death marked love' This quote is a good summary of their relationship; they are in love but this love leads to death at the end of the 'passage'. This is also an example of dramatic irony; the audience knows what is on the way, making the story even sadder for them. In Act 2 Scene 2, Romeo is talking about the possibility of being caught in the Capulet grounds in a very relaxed and romantic manner. 'My life were better ended by their hate....' This is an example of dramatic irony; Romeo is talking about being killed by the Capulet's. ...read more.

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Shakespeare portrays Juliet's love as being strong by having her choose ahead of her father and also ahead of the expectations of people in this era. Despite this evidence of unity between the couple, Shakespeare also throws in a lot of negative pieces to show that maybe they are not meant for each other. In the balcony scene, Juliet surprisingly mentions marriage before Romeo. 'Thy propose marriage, send me word tomorrow' This action is slightly unexpected because from the beginning we know that Romeo is desperate for love, and Juliet has only just thought about it. Juliet's parents have put marriage into her head and may have confused her. She may be doing this to please them and eliminate any chance of marrying Paris. The two are very vulnerable to love for different reasons; Romeo desperately wants a sexual and loving relationship and Juliet know feels she has to get married to please her parents. Right at the beginning, In Act 1 Scene 1, we see that Romeo is with Rosaline. ...read more.

Conclusion

This shows his selfishness, again showing that this love may not be what it seems. Shakespeare himself constantly uses phrases to describe the lover's relationship. In the prologue, he describes Romeo and Juliet. 'A pair of star cross'd lovers' This shows that Shakespeare wants us to know early how fate and fortune play a big art in the play. Throughout the rest of the play, more and more phrases like this are used. After Romeo's banishment, in Act 5, Scene 1, he is crying when he thinks Juliet is dead. Shakespeare refers to the stars again. 'Is it e'en so? then I defy you, stars!' The quote shows that Romeo feels that fate has delt its last blow and he will ignore the Prince of Verona's orders of banishment and go back to Verona to be with his lover. The inclusion of the prologue in this play is also a sign of fate as it creates dramatic imagery again. 'Star cross'd' Romeo repeatedly points out that 'fate' is watching over him and, because the audience are watching over him as well, they become involved with the story more. ...read more.

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