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How does Shakespeare present teenage experience in Romeo and Juliet?

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Introduction

How does Shakespeare present teenage experience in Romeo and Juliet? 'Romeo and Juliet' is perhaps one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, with many of its themes still relevant in todays society. Its popularity is shown through an abundance of reinacted plays and films released based on the main story line of the hardship and struggle two teenagers undergo because of their love for eachother. Shakespeare was born in mid to late 16th century England and was brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon. He moved to London sometime between 1585 and 1592 and began a successful career as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain's Men. Romeo and Juliet has inspired many filmakers and works as the themes used in this play; whilst being somewhat exagerated, are still very relevent and present the good and bad times teenagers experience in love. ...read more.

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This already sets up the impending violence and destruction that Tybalt will cause, through his unruly behaviour. In the second half of the scene, Romeo is introduced. He appears to be very depressed and is acting unusual as he locks himself away in his room. His melodramtic behaviour is shown in conversation with Benvolio as he uses oxymorons excessively, "O brawling love, o loving hate...feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health", bringing the themes of conflict and love together. However, his love for Rosaline also appears to be superficial as it is based purely on looks. The relationship between the males is presented as Romeo and Mercutio talk about his love for Rosaline. Romeo talks asif his love is a burden or a curse in the way that he is depressed and angry as he feels that she does not love him back, "Under love's heavy burden do I sink." ...read more.

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The idea of the Petrachan ideal is presented, setting up the idea of elevated love and that the woman is idealised and rarefied. After their first kiss, their relationship becomes very different to his relationship with Rosaline, as it breaks away from tradition and is mutual love. It is also seen as much more sincere, as their sonnet shows. As they talk, their lines rhyme together, presenting the idea of soulmates. The religious imagery also sets their relationship apart, as it becomes courtly and spiritual love. Romeo talks of their first kiss as his "sin is purged", setting up the idea of a purifying experience and even though they realsise that they are from rival families, this does not stop them, but only makes them more determined to make it work, "My life is my foes debt". Juliet also says "My grave is likely to be my wedding bed", which is somewhat prophetic. ...read more.

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