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Romeo and Juliet Coursework The play Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy and it was written by William Shakespeare in 1594. in the play there are two families who fight, the Capulets and the Montagues. We are told that there is an, 'ancient grudge' between them. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love but the families are arch enemies and fight. Tragically both Romeo and Juliet die through fate ('star-crossed lovers'). We first meet Friar Laurence when he is in cell with his plants saying a soliloquy about plants, good and evil. William Shakespeare uses soliloquies to let the audience know the character's thoughts. We learn the Friar is an expert in plants and medicine; we know this because he says, 'within the infant rind of this small flower poison hath residence and medicine power'. This means there is good and evil in plants as humans. This links into the play's themes of love and hate. ...read more.


This adds to the tension as the audience don't know what will happen. Between Act 2 Scene 3 the Friar's intention is that in marrying Romeo and Juliet he may be able to settle the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets. In Act 2 Scene 6, Romeo and Juliet get married secretly and then in act 3 scene 1, Tybalt challenges Romeo but he doesn't want to fight because he says he , 'loves him' because he is now his step brother. Mercutio fights instead and is killed by Tybalt. Romeo gets angry and then kills Tybalt. Romeo then gets banished by the prince and makes a big scene over it by saying, 'ha banishment, be merciful say death'. This shows he is not thinking straight and he is impulsive. He says he would rather die that be separated from Juliet. The Friar acts as a calming influence on Romeo. The two are very close and the Friar always gives him good advice and Romeo looks up to him. ...read more.


He took an immediate decision to kill himself rather than speaking to the Friar to find out what had gone wrong. The Friar was always thinking of the best for Romeo, he was only trying to help; but some people might say that his plans were too ambitious from the start because he was trying to bring two warring families together whoa have been fighting for a long time. The Friar was successful in reuniting the families but the price to pay for that was having two innocent lives sacrificed. The Friar was mostly calm but he wasn't when Romeo tried to kill himself in his cell because it was a sin for Catholics to commit suicide so he would have been horrified at this. In Act 3 Scene 3 he was very angry and argued with Romeo, he also lectured him. Everything happened so quickly; it was the ambitious nature of the Friar's plan which helped to build up tension and also the presence of fate in the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? Devah Connell 10W ...read more.

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