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Passions make great drama, but in life they can have terrible consequences. Discuss the above statement with reference to Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet Passions make great drama, but in life they can have terrible consequences. Discuss the above statement with reference to Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. As the title suggests, Shakespeare's famous play "Romeo and Juliet", centres around the protagonists, Romeo and Juliet. The story is set in beautiful Verona in Italy. Two families of equal, noble rank (the Montagues and the Capulets); have a long standing vendetta, which has recently flared up: their followers have killed each other 'in single strife'. The children of these mortal enemies were fated to fall in love; their tragic deaths ended their parent's feud. Passion is one of the central themes in Shakespeare's tragedy "Romeo and Juliet". Through Shakespeare's characterisation and narrative, the audience learns about different kinds of passion. For example I have chosen 3 scenes to discuss and show how the passion evolved, I will also look at the story and how it add tension with passion. Act 1 scene 5 I have chosen the first meeting of Romeo and Juliet in Act one, Scene five in which Romeo goes to the Capulet party and first sees Juliet. When Romeo sees Juliet for the first time he is infatuated and finally realises that this is his first and true love. ...read more.

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Mercutio decides to take up the matter by saying "Tybalt, you rat-catcher, will you walk?" rat catcher because Tybalt is known as the king of cats and will you walk meaning can we go somewhere to settle this. Tybalt replies "What wouldst thou have with me?" but Mercutio's intention is clear. However Tybalt does not seem to keen to fight Mercutio and says "Will you pluck your sword out of his pilcher by the ears? make haste, lest mine be about your ears ere it be out" meaning that if something has to be pulled by its ears to come out it does not really want to come out meaning Tybalt's sword and implying he does not really want to fight. Again here the dramatic effect is that Mercutio wants to fight Tybalt, but Tybalt wants to fight Romeo. So the audience can see that now there is no alternative to fighting to settle the dispute. There was a lot of dramatic effect in the scene and plenty of talk and threatening that has led up to an inevitable point that has changed the play and influenced the terrible outcome in which they both die. ...read more.

Conclusion

Had they held a more open relationship, eventually, both families would have accepted it. However, considering the circumstances, the street brawl and the later death of Tybalt, Romeo and Juliet felt that their parents would not have been able to understand the love between the two youths. In today's society, youth are constantly advocating the change from total dependence on family, to their own independence. Young people often think they know better than their parents, often believing that instead of helping them, they are only punishing them. Romeo and Juliet thought that they new better than their parents, but after realizing the wrong they caused when both committing suicide. Romeo was too young to realize that he had to take responsibility for his actions and he had to accept the consequences. This is one of the pitfalls that Shakespeare portrayed in his play for young love. Romeo did not understand the outcomes of his actions. He never realized this until the damage was done. He was too involved in and self obsessed with his love for Juliet that he didn't devote himself to any other circumstances. Young love is often an ever-changing emotion that enthrals adolescents. When a boy sees a beautiful girl, he often thinks that he is in love. That is similar to the emotion Romeo experienced: 'To call hers, exquisite, in question more'. Danny lavell ...read more.

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