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How does Shakespeare bring out the comparisons between the characters of Romeo and Juliet?

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Homework Gareth Jones Romeo and Juliet How does Shakespeare bring out the comparisons between the characters of Romeo and Juliet? Two households, both alike in dignity in fair Verona, (where we lay our scene), from an ancient grudge to break new mutiny. A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life. Romeo and Juliet fell in love but could not declare it because they were from two feuding families. Romeo's family, the Montagues and Juliet's family the Capulets were at war. This meant that the marriage had to be a secret. The situation becomes complicated when Juliet's father, the head of the Capulet house arranges for Juliet to marry count Paris. Juliet has an argument over it with her father. Tybalt challenges Romeo to a fight but Romeo cannot fight because they are related through his marriage to Juliet. Mercusio fights instead of Romeo and Tybalt kills him. Romeo sees this and kills Tybalt in revenge. ...read more.

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When Juliet is listening to Friar Lawrence's advice she takes it in, she is calm and collected. Juliet is willing to try any thing to resolve her problem. Instead of crying she is very sensible and looks for solutions to her problems. "If, in thy wisdom, thou canst give no help". She realises that the Friar is only there to help and uses his advice. Both Romeo and Juliet speak of committing suicide. Romeo says "Thou cut'st my head off with a golden axe". When Romeo makes such remarks Friar Lawrence Takes notice because he knows how upset and idiotic Romeo is. Juliet also talks about ending her life " And with this knife I'll help it presently" Friar Lawrence does not take any notice because he knows that Juliet is sensible. The difference in behaviour between Romeo and Juliet is very evident. While Romeo rolls around on the ground the nurse shouts " Stand up, stand up, stand and you be a man" The fact that a female is saying this emphasizes Romeo's weakness. ...read more.

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Shakespeare uses other characters to create drama, for instance in act 4 scene 1 Paris is in the Friars cell which adds a sense of urgency in the scene and gives you insight to how bright Juliet is when she uses double meanings. 'That may be, sir, when I may be a wife'. The nurse is mainly used to show how weak Romeo is. The vocabulary used is very powerful and dramatic in these scenes, for instance "O'er cover'd quite with dead men's rattling bones". This leaves a strong image in the audience's mind. A lot of Romeo's words are dramatic also, because he is so emotional. "For exile hath more terror in his look". This quote is also personification. Shakespeare uses various techniques to bring out the comparisons between Romeo and Juliet such as use of dramatic devices, different use of language, difference in behaviour and how each individual character responds to advice. He does this well and has made it easy to see the differences in their characters. ...read more.

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