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How are the emotions anger, hatred, fear, love, grief and despair presented,In 'Romeo and Juliet' through the language and dramatic actions of the play?

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Pre 1914 Drama Shakespeare's 'Romeo & Juliet' How are the emotions anger, hatred, fear, love, grief and despair presented, In 'Romeo and Juliet' through the language and dramatic actions of the play? We have been studying 'Romeo and Juliet'; it is play by Shakespeare using earlier sources of the poem 'Romeus and Juliet' by Arthur Brooke. It is an unusual tragedy due to there being two protagonists. Aristotle describes the protagonist of tragedy as being noble but having a flaw that causes his downfall. In 'Romeo and Juliet', the flaw is not in the lovers but in their families. The chorus provides a prologue and introduces the emotions of anger, grief, hatred, love, fear and despair an example 'from ancient grudge breaks to new mutiny'; this quotes points towards acts of hatred. The chorus acts as a pointer to what will happen in the play. The first emotion that is displayed in the beginning of the play is hatred. Hatred is overwhelming as it is the basis of all the problems later caused in the play. The most defined hatred is that of the Montague's and Capulet's, it is not known why these two noble, aristocratic families despise each other, but it has become a habit. ...read more.

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The audience are convinced Romeo has indeed been struck by cupid's arrow, thus the emotion of young love is shown .This is illustrated by their actions Juliet says "my only love sprung from my only hate! Too early see unknown and known too late.", when these two lovers learn they are prepared to pursue it despite the difficulties. To show their unity in love, Romeo and Juliet speak in sonnet form, both characters share rhymes, to give the audience a sense of their togetherness. This sonnet is rich in metaphors that express the lover's feelings for each other. Act 1 scene 5 lines 104-105 "Juliet: saints do not move through grant for prayers' sake." "Romeo: Then move not while my prayer's effect I take." In Act 2 scene 2 love between Romeo and Juliet is shown in it's fullest in the balcony scene, the language used is highly poetic. "Romeo: but soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east and Juliet is the sun". In summary Romeo is saying she is as beautiful as the sunrise. At this brief meeting between these two lovers, love is express through words that are spoken poetically and through actions such as kissing, making the audience both thrilled and excited. ...read more.

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The final emotion expressed is powerful during the death scene, the dramatic climax of the play. Despair is felt greatly within Romeo due to the sight of Juliet's sleeping body and despair overwhelms him to the point he takes his own life. The same despair is felt when Juliet awakens and finds Romeo's dead body. She exclaims "O happy dagger! This is thy sheath there rest and let me die" and commits suicide. The audience are aghast at this loss which could have been avoided. The families reconcile through their grief, but gaining no pity from the audience. Therefore the audience realise the play 'Romeo and Juliet' occur within ordinary families, thus sending a messages that hate and anger will only lead to grief and despair. In conclusion the most exhilarating and thrilling moments of the play, would have to be the climax, where Romeo finds Juliet's body, it not only brought suspense and excitement it showed the strong and everlasting love they have for one another. The language also excited me with the use of metaphors "a jewel in an Ethiop's ear", personifications, sonnets and oxymorons to summarise characters feelings in the play "Romeo and Juliet" is also occurring within modern society such as interracial relationships. ?? ?? ?? ?? Abdirashid Obsiye ...read more.

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