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Look again at Act 2, scene 2, beginning at line 32(Juliet: 'O Romeo, Romeo, Wherefore art thou Romeo') and the whole of Act 2, Scene 5. What is the dramatic importance of these scenes in the play?

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet Look again at Act 2, scene 2, beginning at line 32(Juliet: 'O Romeo, Romeo, Wherefore art thou Romeo') and the whole of Act 2, Scene 5. What is the dramatic importance of these scenes in the play? 'Romeo and Juliet' is one of William Shakespeare's greatest plays. Four hundred years ago, William Shakespeare wrote The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, a popular play that continues to capture the imagination and emotions of people around the world. The drama portrays the passionate, violent and often desperate lives of the youth of Verona. Even today, the tragedy resembles the problems that the adolescents of the twenty-first century must face each day. In this play, Shakespeare explores the pitfalls of young love, and the consequences they receive from their actions. They explained their love to be true love and they knew that they had to be together, even though their families were enemies and it was truly forbidden for the two of them to marry. The whole idea of love in Romeo and Juliet's thoughts was totally misunderstood, and the families demonstrate in many sections of the play that they truly do not know what true love is. In this play, Shakespeare shows that love can cause and finish anything, even love that is not honestly discovered. ...read more.

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When the nurse finally returns she has the news Juliet's been waiting for, but she isn't telling; Instead, she teases Juliet, acting sad, complaining of her aching bones and shortage of breath. The more Juliet pleads, the more the Nurse teases her. We get the feeling that the Nurse has done this to Juliet before. It might have been a funny game when Juliet was little, but now that she needs important information, the Nurse's prattle seems thoughtless and cruel. This shows us a different side to the nurse, which is not shown in previous scenes. I'll warrant him, as gentle as a lamb. Go thy ways, wench; serve God. What, have you dined at home?' This speech by the Nurse is in prose. There are signs of the mood lightening. This is in contrast to Juliet's anxiety which is shown in the speeches both before and after the Nurse's. The nurse rambles on in long sentences, trying to divert the main focus. This is done by ending with an irrelevant question. This adds comedy to the scene and also increases the tension adding more dramatic importance. As the Nurse carries on talking she finally says the truth. Then hie you hence to Friar Laurence' cell; there stays a husband to make you a wife: Now comes the wanton blood up in your cheeks, They'll be in scarlet straight at any news. ...read more.

Conclusion

In modern society, divorce is a lot more common, showing marriage is much less of a life long commitment. This relates to the language in this play as in 'Romeo and Juliet' every time marriage is mentioned, the tone and language become a lot more serious and show it is something the characters will keep their vows until they die, no matter who else they hurt on the way. These scenes out of 'Romeo and Juliet' defy what was normal in Shakespearean times. One of the main ways this is shown is that young women like Juliet were expected to be obedient to their families. However, we can see from Juliet's behaviour that she went against her families wishes. A twenty first century audience feels more sympathetic towards Juliet as they can relate to Juliet and imagine how she is feeling. During Shakespeare's lifetime, society was organised rigidly. There was a clear hierarchy where people were ranked and confined. 'Romeo and Juliet' is special as we side with young lovers against those who are said to be better and older than them. This divide was one common is Shakespearean times. 'Romeo and Juliet' does not make a specific moral statement about the relationships between love and society, religion, and family; rather, it portrays the chaos and passion of being in love, combining images of love, violence, death, religion, and family in an impressionistic rush leading to the play's tragic conclusion. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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