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How does Shakespeare's presentation of characters Romeo and Juliet enable the audience to 'believe utterly in their love?'

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How does Shakespeare's presentation of characters Romeo and Juliet en able the audience to 'believe utterly in their love?' Romeo and Juliet, by Shakespeare, is a play, which shows love and hate as themes. Love has existed in many forms throughout time, although there is no better example than Romeo and Juliet. In this tale, when love is most apparent. The most crucial events occur to develop this 'tragedy'. The evident forms of love are love for friends, love for enemies and love between lovers. The story is set in a three-day period where Romeo and Juliet fall in love, have a secret marriage ceremony and die. The short time period helps provide us with a feeling that the love between the two characters was 'love at first sight'. Over the years, Shakespeare's tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet has been interpreted and changed in many different ways; but the main point is still found in every version, and that point is: true love, and the willingness to do anything for love. The prologue is full of violent and negative language e.g. ancient grudge, civil blood, fatal lions, death- marked, rage. But also has words to do with love e.g. star crossed lovers. You can already tell that this is going to be a love story with trouble, worry and violence in it. The play is based around two young lovers, both from rival families. At the very beginning of the play there is a civil brawl, which is flared off by more servants of the two houses Montagues and Capulets. Which for many years have been in an unsolvable feud. Whenever the two families meet, violence and death occurs, 'Do u bite your thumb at me sir?' is an example of provocative language form one of the servants. This shows that there is both hatred and violence from the very start of the play. ...read more.

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However in the end he agrees to marry them because he thinks that it would bring peace to the two feuding families. Friar Lawrence at the end of this scene says, 'Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast.' This is a metaphoric phrase, he believes they are going too fast and should think about what they are doing before its too late. We think that Friar Lawrence is correct in saying that they should wait and get to know each other better. Tybalt issued a challenge in response to Romeo going to the Capulet's ball. We see this scene as a bit of relief from the other heavier scenes. Benvolio and Mercutio tease Romeo because he still thinks that Romeo is in love with Rosaline, little do they know that he now loves Juliet. The nurse enters; Mercutio and Benvolio begin to mock her, with sexual jokes. This adds a bit of humour to the play, which also helps with the idea that this scene is a relief in comparison to the others, 'Farewell ancient lady: farewell lady lady lady,' is an example of Mercutio's humorous word play. ' Thou wouldst else have made they tale large,' is another example of sexually meaning towards the nurse. The nurse warns Romeo not to take advantage of Juliet's innocence and only to ask for his loyalty to her. The plans are made; wedding arrangements for the following day have been completed. This adds to the idea that both Romeo and Juliet are serious about this sudden proposal. Juliet waits impatiently to for the nurse to deliver her good news. However the nurse is leaving her in suspense, the nurse frustratingly delays the news for Juliet, by complaining of headaches, 'Lord, how my headaches!' and back pains: 'How my bones ache,'(dramatic irony) after her long trudge around Verona. Juliet is extremely eager to find out what Romeo had said: her heart has grown eager in the short duration of time they have known each other. ...read more.

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Therefore Juliet meets Friar Lawrence at his cell and expresses herself, she doesn't want to marry Paris because her love for Romeo is too strong, however she does want to be with him but Banishment prevents her. Friar Lawrence realizes how she feels and comes up with a very risky and dangerous plan. She agrees to it, although does have a few reservations about it, she does it so that she can e with Romeo but also risks her life. The plan involves Juliet taking a potion that will make her cold and look as if she is dead. Friar Lawrence was meant to send word by servant to Romeo but the message did not get there, this was another important coincidence. Therefore Romeo finds Juliet dead; well that's what he thinks, so he immediately commits suicides to be with her. However coincidently Juliet wakes up and sees Romeo by her side, and she also commits suicide. This reflects both of their love for each other; they both feel life isn't worth living without either of them. The deaths of the lovers could have been prevented if Romeo has received the message or if he could of gotten to Juliet a bit earlier. This is an example of more fates playing against them. I think that the fact that they take their own lives, because they can't be with each other proves to the audience how much they are in love. They both sacrifice their families for each other, which is an example of a huge sacrifice they were willing to take in order to share lives with each other. The ending is the biggest way to help en able the audience to believe utterly in their love. The play seems very compressed, this adds to the intensity of the relationship, everything that has happened due to fate. They have mad the biggest sacrifice by killing themselves, so this concludes that there love is utterly believable. Sarah Stackhouse C:\Documents and Settings\Sarah\My Documents\english\romeo and juliet.doc ...read more.

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