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How does Shakespeare present the first meeting between Romeo and Juliet.

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How does Shakespeare present the first meeting between Romeo and Juliet. The story Romeo and Juliet was written roughly between 1594-1595 by William Shakespeare, In Shakespeare's time England was an all-Christian country. All children were born baptized into the Church of England. In those days the church was very strict, if someone missed church without a good excuse they were punished with a fine. Only boys were able to go to schools, they started at the age of four at 'petty school', here they learnt mainly how to read and write. At the age of seven if the boy's father was able to afford it, the boy was able to grammar school, here they learnt mainly how to read and write Latin. In peoples free times the most popular source of entertainment was to go to see a play, these were played in bars, halls or courtyards, but in 1599 Shakespeare's Globe theatre was built. Theatre was for everyone from babies to adult or from poor to rich, everybody was welcome. ...read more.

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LORD CAPULET "What, man! 'tis not so much, 'tis not so much: 'Tis since the nuptials of Lucentio, Come pentecost as quickly as it will, Some five and twenty years; and then we mask'd" (Act1, Scene5, Line34-37). Tybalt is shown as a violent person, who is always up for a fight, although when he was told he couldn't attack Romeo he seemed annoyed and very impatient of Capulet. TYBALT Come hither, cover'd with an antic face, To fleer and scorn at our solemnity? Now, by the stock and honour of my kin, To strike him dead, I hold it not a sin. (Act1 Scene5 Lines55-58) Shakespeare shows the Nurse as an annoying woman, she ruins the scene when she took Juliet away to see her mother just when Romeo and Juliet was about to kiss again. She is like a mother to Juliet. In this scene the people who speak in prose were the 'common' characters, these are people like the servants at the beginning of the scene, the Nurse and Lord Capulet, an example of a prose is; SERVENT 1 "Away with the joint-stools, remove the court-cupboard, look to the plate. ...read more.

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Romeo and Juliet is still relevant to some of the people in the world today but not everyone, this is because this story is out of date and hard for a lot of people to understand, also in those days it was very religious the way they talk to each other, but today it is a lot different. Today the story of Romeo and Juliet is still very touching for some people. I don't really feel much towards Romeo and Juliet myself; this is because it is not really my type of story, although if I had read this when it was first written I probably would have liked it because it would have been more understandable because of the language spoke. I think that Shakespeare was successful in his characters first meeting because he did it in a fashion where you didn't care on what was going on around the lovers, you only cared about what they was doing, I also like the way Shakespeare left us in suspense at the end of the scene when the Nurse interrupted. English Romeo and Juliet Essay Nathan Cook ...read more.

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