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How does Shakespeare hihlight the tragic waste of young life in Act 5 Scene 3?

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How does Shakespeare Highlight the Tragic Waste of Young Life in Act 5, Scene 3? The play "Romeo and Juliet" was written in the 1590's by William Shakespeare. He based his ideas and play from folk stories made popular in Italy and France and also from Arthur Brooks' poem, "The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet" which was written in 1562, way before Shakespeare's version was produced. "Romeo and Juliet" was one of Shakespeare's earlier tragedies, so it could have possibly been an experiment before he wrote "Macbeth" for example. It is a piteous play which examines the devastating effects of prejudice. The two powerful families, the Montagues and the Capulets, have been feuding with each other for years. The reason for this however is unknown. In the prologue it is said, "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny." This shows the dispute has been going on for years. It is a big shock to the couple, Romeo and Juliet, when they first meet as they are supposed to be prejudiced against each other. Just because Juliet is a Capulet, Romeo believed he should hate her. "Romeo and Juliet" also displays a lot of violence. The fact that the two families can not even tolerate each other leads to a lot of violence. The fighting and violence in this play is usually the consequence of the power and strength of young love. For example the fight between Mercutio and Tybalt happened because Romeo did not want to fight a Capulet due to his love for Juliet. ...read more.

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This soliloquy includes three linguistic devices, one is personification. "That unsubstantial Death is amorous, And that the lean abhorred monster keeps Three here in dark to be his paramour?" The quote from Romeo's soliloquy personifies death as a monstrous lover. Romeo is jealous that death, or this monster, has taken Juliet. Romeo's soliloquy also includes similes when he's talking about Juliet. "Death, that hath sucked the honey of thy breath" Also in Romeo's soliloquy imagery is used relating to light, "For here lies Juliet, and her beauty makes This vault a feasting presence full of light." This quote from Romeo's soliloquy means that her beauty makes the tomb and her death more bearable. Using the imagery relating to light, it helps the audience believe she must be very beautiful. In the final scene the audience are given numerous reminders about the waste of young life within the play. The reminders begin when Paris was slain and Romeo saw dead Tybalt. With Paris dead, being carried by Romeo into the tomb where dead Tybalt is, really shows the young lives that were wasted. This also reminds the audience about Mercutio's death. In Romeo's soliloquy he says; "O no, a lantern, slaughtered youth." This line is used to remind the audience that all the deaths in the play were youths. The final scene is made more dramatic due to the use of dramatic irony. The deaths are made more painful as the audience all know Juliet is not dead. ...read more.

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The character of Prince Escalus is used to pass judgement and to lay blame but most of all to establish order at the end of the play. Prince Escalus is the head of everything in the play; he is in charge of laws and in charge of punishment. At the end of the play he wants everyone's part explained. This is to help the audience recapitulate, within the play it is for him to punish the people who need punished. As Friar Lawrence explained in his part, he got off being punished. Friar explained and said, "Myself condemned and myself excused." This antithesis meant that he is guilty but not for the murders. Prince believed that he could have stopped the family feud and the fighting if he had been stricter. "Capulet, Montague? See what a scourage is laid upon your hate, That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love! And I for winking at your biscords too Have lost a brace of kinsmen. All are punished." This quote explains how the feuding between the two families has affected the outcome of the play. If the feuding had not started, the couple would have been together in the open so there would have been no need for the deaths. Prince ends the play by saying, "For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo." This rhyming couplet ends the play as it finishes off the whole story. Shakespeare often ended his plays with a rhyming couplet to finish off the play with a final impact and conclusion. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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