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G.C.S.E Shakespeare assignment " Oh, I am fortunes fool!" The play starts with the chorus, which gives the audience a rough outline to what will happen in the play. The reason why Shakespeare does this is to increase tension and suspense through giving a future to past prospective to the audience, but they do not know the step-by-step progression. The theme of fate is explored widely in the chorus especially with the fact that there are "star-cross`d lovers" that have a "death-mark`d love". The chorus also explores how human intervention plays a significant role in the play. This done by imploring that there is an "ancient grudge" because of "parents strife". The play begins with a dispute between Capulet and Montague servants, which erupts into a full-blown street fight. Benvolio is introduced in this scene as the peacemaker, which obviously means that he is sensible and has self-control. Benvolio achieves this by booming at the servants "Put up your swords, you know not what you do". Then like a storm the fool of the play Tybalt enters and tries to continue the brawl "Turn the, Benvolio, look upon thy death". This is followed up by Tybalt` angrily denying preposition of Benvolio peace "What! Drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word." This might be done by Shakespeare to show why and how this grudge has become ancient as people like Tybalt have wrong ideas about virtue. ...read more.


When Benvolio reads the letter he has an idea to cheer up Romeo he plans to gate crashing to the Capulet party "With all the admired beauties of Verona". Basically at this point the audience should already be guessing that Romeo would meet Juliet at this party and fall madly in love with her. Due to Benvolio plan of gatecrashing the three friends Benvolio, Mercutio and Romeo are waiting outside the Capulet villa very anxious. Romeo is frightened of being caught considering that he is the mortal enemy of the Capulet family and does not know what fate might beseech him "What, shall this speech be spoke for our excuse?" Mercutio manages to calm him down "Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance." From the action of Benvolio and Mercutio the plot of the tale is allowed to continue because of their urging and reassuring attitude toward Romeo. Fates domino effect starts to kick in to at this moment. When Romeo first sees Juliet he falls madly in love with her appearance "she teaches the torches to burn bright!" Romeo then continues on to talk about "Pilgrims", "Saints" and "Palmers" which indicates that both Romeo and Juliet understand about the higher powers of love and fate that hath brought them together. Shakespeare might have waited so long to introduce love into the equation of the play to build up tension. ...read more.


During this conversation between Benvolio and Mercutio, Tybalt arrives searching for Romeo so Mercutio in a show of bravado start to annoy him "heres my fiddlestick". At this moment of time by coincidence Romeo arrives so Tybalt his eyes off Mercutio "here comes my man" he then continues on annoying Romeo but Romeo does not care showing that he now his some grip on his emotions. At this moment Mercutio gets himself into a fight with Tybalt, which Romeo tries to stop, but which ends in Mercutio`s death. This dries Romeo insane so he attacks and kills Tybalt, which leads to his banishment to Escales. Friar Laurence has a plan in which he will get Romeo and Juliet back together. The plan involves Juliet taking a drug, which will make her look dead so that her arranged marriage to Paris does not take place. When news reaches Romeo through Balthsar his servant that Juliet is dead Romeo plans on committing suicide, which shows that, he is to rash and cares for himself. The reason to why the message does not arrive is that Friar John has entered a quarantined city due to the plague. This is another sign of fates dominance in the play. Friar Laurence's plan was a spur of the moment thing, because of the haste that the plan was prepared in there were a lot of things that could have gone wrong. So Friar Laurence basically contradicts his advice that he gave Romeo. ...read more.

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