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Look at the first meeting of Romeo and Juliet in Act IV. Discuss how Shakespeare uses both language and stagecraft the intensity of their love.

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Introduction

Look at the first meeting of Romeo and Juliet in Act IV. Discuss how Shakespeare uses both language and stagecraft the intensity of their love. The meeting of Romeo and Juliet is possibly the most decisive point of the play. Shakespeare undoubtedly used stagecraft and language devices to create the desired atmosphere, the idea of love at first sight. The meeting of Romeo and Juliet is cleverly written to represent a sonnet. Sonnets are concerned with the idea of love, which makes it an appropriate device to use. This passage can be contrasted to the love that Romeo once felt for Rosaline, however Romeo in the first instance was unwilling and unable to act upon his shallow feelings towards the object of his affection, while at his very first meeting with Juliet he has been able to make contact with her rather than view from afar. ...read more.

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The audience feels that Romeo's love for Juliet is much purer than his love for Rosaline, "This holy shrine..." in contrast to "She is too fair..." In the first quote Romeo compares Juliet to a divine being while in the second extract he merely comments on the beauty of Rosaline, leading the audience to believe that the first love is deeper than the second but still in a strange manner contempary. The intensity of their love is strengthened by the fact that it is forbidden, it is clear to the audience that Romeo and Juliet's mutual love is forbidden due to their opposing families. Till the end of the scene the audience is emplaced in a position of dramatic irony empowering them and making the scene more complex and exciting while at the same time driving the play into new depths. ...read more.

Conclusion

"Ay, pilgrim lips that they must use in prayer." Yet Romeo still manages to use his wit and charm to manipulate her carefully constructed phrase. "Thus from my lips, by yours, my sin is purged." This demonstrates the extent that Romeo is willing to go to acquire Juliet as his own despite the present and obvious dangers. The audience are clearly aware that Juliet returns his love as at the end of the scene she desperately seeks to acquire the name of the man that she has al ready kissed. "Come hither, Nurse. What is yond gentleman?" This shows that the love is mutual. True love is one of the aspects that is revealed throughout Romeo and Juliet yet other aspects do emerge, but it is completely true to say that true love emerges in this particular scene for the first time. ...read more.

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