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In this essay I will be focusing on act four scenes one, two, three and four of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet.'

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9th September, 2002 Melissa Thacker 10:2 Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet In this essay I will be focusing on act four scenes one, two, three and four of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet.' This section of the play is highly significant, several major issues are raised which have an enormous impact on the whole play. Throughout these scenes we also learn alot about the characters and how they deal with and overcome their difficulties. I will study each scene individually pinpointing various themes and concentrating on moments of dramatic tension. Leading up to act four the story so far is; Romeo Montague has met and fallen in love with Juliet Capulet. This relationship is forbidden to both the sets of parents, Romeo and Juliet are 'starcrossed lovers.' However Lord and Lady Capulet have some delightful news, a relation to the Prince of Verona, Paris, wants to marry Juliet. Juliet's parents together try their best to persuade Juliet to marry him and want the wedding as soon as possible, unbeknown to them Juliet is secretly married to their enemy's son, Romeo, by Friar Lawrence. As the result from a gory street brawl Romeo gets banished, Juliet's cousin Tybalt brutally kills Mercutio, Romeo's friend. ...read more.


Juliet's true character is revealed in this scene she is learning to deceive by using words to disguise rather than to inform. She craftily holds Paris at a distance with some of her remarks, "That may be sir, when I may be a wife." Juliet is then left alone with Friar Lawrence to discuss her options, she threatens to kill herself if she has to marry Paris. Although Friar Lawrence obviously couldnt let this happen. He is in the wrong, he has married Juliet, a child of fourteen without parent's consent. At the time he believed he was doing the right thing, but now he realises what he did was wrong and he has to think of a way out of his mess. So using his knowledge of herbs and drugs he devises a plan to reunite Juliet with her husband Romeo and ruin any future between her and Paris, although he did not think this through thoroughly. If the plan is successful it will eventually reveal his own complicity, if Romeo arrives in time to collect Juliet and take her back to Mantua, the subsequent explantions would have no doubt in involving Friar Lawrence. ...read more.


Secrets from Lord and Lady Capulets relationship are discovered in this scene, she has said in the past hes stayed up all night chasing women, now she will keep an eye on him. "But I will watch you from such watching now." Lord Capulet enjoys organising things, the house is full of activity and he is supervising the servants as they rush about frantically. He is thrilled that he has at long last got his own way and his beloved daughter is marrying a young respectable man, Paris. Lord Capulet is renowned for being able to change his mind in an instant. Originally he said out of respect for Tybalt, they would have a quiet wedding but now he orders a servant to hire twenty cooks! Also at first he was against Paris marrying Juliet as she was still young but in act four he is desperate for them to marry. He becomes an ecstatic man during this scene, "Hah, let me see her" He is merry and proud. Paris is responsible for taking Juliet to the church for them to be wedd. The scene ends on a note of tension, Lord Capulet sends the Nurse to wake Juliet on the arrival of Paris but we know what she will find when she enters Juliet's room. ...read more.

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