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How far would you agree that 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare represents the triumph of youth?

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11. How far would you agree that Romeo and Juliet represents the triumph of youth? Around the year 1595 William Shakespeare wrote, what was to become, one of his most popular plays, written mainly in blank verse - ?The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet,? a play about two teenage lovers. He based it on an Italian tale, which had been translated into verse as Romeus and Juliet in 1562 by Arthur Brooke. This play explores the tragic consequences that arise from the recklessness of youth. Shakespeare?s use of young characters in his play heightens the link between the rivalry and tragic events between the two families as Romeo and Juliet?s extreme youth gives this tragedy so much of its force. No doubt, it would have scandalised some of his Elizabethan audience at the time. Spoken by the Chorus, the Prologue takes the form of a sonnet and we hear right from the introduction that they are both very young ?but their children?s end?, Shakespeare wants his audience to be aware of their youth and that this is a tragedy, as they will die ?do with their death?. Their youth coupled with their young love makes them impulsive, foolish, and therefore unfortunately dangerous. ...read more.


Her thoughts are on marriage to Romeo, as she says to her nurse ?My grave is like to be my wedding bed.? She is more worried that Romeo may be married rather than who he is; her nurse has told her that Romeo is, ?The only son of your great enemy.? This shows us Juliet?s youth and disregard for authority as she ignores the implications of marrying her parent?s enemy. Shakespeare uses poetic language in the balcony scene so his audience will see that it is a romantic moment and once again, Romeo compares his love for Juliet to the light. ?But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?? There is also the use of religious words again ?bright angel!? as Romeo and Juliet confess their love for each other. Juliet then prompts him to arrange their marriage ?Thy purpose marriage,? this shows a lack of immaturity on both their parts as Romeo allows himself to be rushed along by Juliet?s impatience to be with him which can only be achieved with marriage even though she knows, ?If they do see thee, they will murder thee.? They both know that by marrying they are going against their family?s honour and feud but their youth and immaturity makes them careless and reckless allowing them to get carried away with their love for each other, ?tis almost morning?. ...read more.


Had she not been so young and naive she may well have chosen a different way of avoiding her marriage to Paris. There is a very strong contrast between the overwhelming young love of Romeo. ?Did my heart love till now?? and Juliet, ?take all my self.? With the feud between. The ?old Capulet, and Montague,? and their ?canker'd? hate for each other. As the Prince, ?And hear the sentence? lectures Capulet and Montague like children. ?Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace.? He was not to foresee that tragically, their children would be the ones to pay the ultimate price for the senseless grudge held by their families, or that their misfortunate love, ?give me thy hand:? would heal their family?s rift. Have they succeeded with their death in ?the triumph of youth?? Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story and more so, because they are so very young. Their rashness and haste in dealing with the situation they found themselves in only reinforces this, they acted purely on their emotions, which proved to be their downfall. However, their love now survives them and by their death, they have obtained an endless triumph over everything and everyone who sought to keep them apart. Their youth is now immortalised by their death. ...read more.

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