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"It is too sudden, too unadvis'd, too like the lightning which doth cease to be" (Act II Scene II Lines 118-120). With close reference to the play explore the extent to which 'falling in love' and other events happen too quickly to be credible.

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"It is too sudden, too unadvis'd, too like the lightning which doth cease to be" (Act II Scene II Lines 118-120). With close reference to the play explore the extent to which 'falling in love' and other events happen too quickly to be credible. English Coursework: 1000 - 2000 Words In 'Romeo and Juliet' the theme of love is the most contrasting and contradicting of all the issues raised. In the play, each character has a different perspective of love. Some characters feel that love is simply a contractual aspect of life, whereas others feel that it is a strong bond of emotion. From the moment Romeo lays eyes upon Juliet, he seems to be head over heels in love. "Did my heart love till now? For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." These are the words that he murmurs as he sees her. William Shakespeare immediately creates intimacy between the pair and shows that Juliet could be falling for Romeo as well, for within speaking ten lines to the Montague, they kiss. It is extremely hard to believe that after knowing each other for a matter of minutes, you can be as in love as they were. During the latter stages of this scene, Romeo repeatedly asks Juliet for her to "repeat the sin," referring to the kiss. ...read more.

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This theme of wanting death intertwines with the theme of impulsiveness and rash decisions. This, again raises the issue of the play's real-life credibility, or whether it is a farcical fairytale. Juliet has doubts in the play. The phrase, "My father will hate it so, and I am nothing slow to slack his hate," combined with, "Deny thy father and deny thy name," signifies that she wants Romeo to be wit her, but not as a Montague, nor does she want to disobey her father. This makes the play slightly more realistic, as it shows a teenage girl being obedient and following her parent's aspirations. However, later on in the play this idea becomes extremely duplicitous. Capulet, her father, on hearing the news of her refusal to marry, screams, "Hang, beg, die on the streets," after she stands up to him and does not do as he wants. Capulet cares more about his pride, and this is a total shock to him. Again, the play could seem more realistic because of this; a parent will generally be disappointed and upset if their child is disobedient. However, seeing as this spirals out of control into an incredibly horrific row in such a short period time, it raises the question of credibility within the play. ...read more.

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I do however; think that certain issues in this provocative play are indeed credible and somewhat realistic today. Firstly, parents do tend to make a lot of decisions for their children in life, and that will never change. Whether things were different in the late 1500s when the play was written or not, things would have been different. At the time it was written and produced, people would have been married earlier and reached puberty and an earlier stage. Therefore, on the aspect of age, I find it a credible sequence of ideas. But the idea and viewpoint of falling in love at first sight is too clich�d and unreal to be credible or even believable. There will be people who meet someone at a young age and get married, but there number of people likely to meet someone and then risk their lives, kill and then want and be willing to take their own life because of them is next to nothing. Also, many people make instinctive decisions without thinking, as that is nature and always will be. I think that 'Romeo and Juliet' is a powerful, dramatical story, using excellent vocabulary and with a good structure, but I do not believe, overall, that it can easily be linked with today's society and life. The play is controversial and adaptive, and is one of Shakespeare's greatest. Chris Stupack | Mr Roy | Page 1 of 4 |English Coursework | December 2006 ...read more.

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