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In a study of a key moment from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Examine the importance of the extract in terms of the whole play.

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Sabiha Patel Form: 10.9 Romeo and Juliet Essay In a study of a key moment from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: - ==>Examine the importance of the extract in terms of the whole play ==>Show how the extract contributes to the audience's understanding of the characters. ==>Comment on Shakespeare's use of language 'Romeo and Juliet' is set in Verona, Italy during the sixteenth century. In this Roman Catholic town, two families, the Capulets and the Montagues have an ancient feud, which has been going on for such a long time that nobody can remember exactly how it began in the first place. 'Romeo and Juliet' is about two 'star cross'd lovers' whose families are enemies by name. A masquerade ball is taking place at the Capulet household, which Romeo, Benvolio and Mercutio attend, even though they have not been invited. All three of them are aware that their presence is most unwelcome, and possibly dangerous. ...read more.

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Shakespeare uses the prologue to narrate to the audience exactly what is going to occur during the course of the play. Although we are informed, through the prologue, all the incidents that are going to take place, we are left in anticipation as to when they are going to occur. The prologue sets the scene, and summarises the entire play in a few lines. The first verbal exchange between Romeo and Juliet takes place in the form of a sonnet. 'Sonnets' were a very popular from of love poetry in the Elizabethan era. They consist of fourteen lines, with ten syllables in each line. This sonnet is one of four sonnets in the play. What seems to be the beginning of another sonnet immediately after this sonnet is disturbed by the nurse. The final couplet of this particular sonnet is shared by both Romeo and Juliet, to demonstrate the unique bond of love the two of them share, "Saints do not move, through grant for prayers sake, Then move not while my prayers effect I take." ...read more.

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Whilst Romeo and Juliet are falling in love, they are completely oblivious to what is going on around them. Even Tybalt's wrath does not disturb Romeo and Juliet's 'perfect world'. It is after the completion of this sonnet, when the nurse comes to call Juliet on the order of Lady Capulet that Romeo and Juliet find out each other's identity. Both are devastated on the discovery. Romeo says, " O dear account! My life is in my foe's debt", and Juliet says, "My only love sprung from my only hope, Too early seen unknown, and known too late, Prodigious birth of love it is to me, That I must have loathed enemy." As part of the audience, we would get caught up in the romance of the situation. We would be glad that Romeo has finally found a lover who actually loves him just as much as he loves her. Even Romeo acknowledges this to himself. "Did my heart love till now, I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." ...read more.

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