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Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

The main idea of the play, in my opinion, is centred around the two elements; love and hate. The characters Romeo and Juliet bring love and passion to the play however the hatred of the two families for each other undoubtedly brings tragedy and misery into the play. In the prologue at the beginning, it is mentioned "A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life: Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows do with their death bury their parents' strife" immediately the prologue tells me that there are two destined lovers that will encounter unlucky pitiful accidents. As the prologue is read further the story is twisted unexpectedly "do with their death bury their parents' strife" it is made clear that the death of the two lovers will end feud of the families. Oxymorons are used throughout the play to build tension between characters as each theme has an opposite and will conflict in one way or another; these may include love/hate, life/death and light/darkness. At the beginning of the play Romeo falls in love with Rosaline and is planning on marriage, however Shakespeare brings various elements in to the play at this precise moment. ...read more.

Middle

When Tybalt takes notice of Romeos presence he suggests to Lord Capulet that Romeo should be challenged to a duel. Lord Capulet replies "I would not for all the wealth of the town do him disparagement in my house therefore be patient" this give off the impression to the audience that the only reason Lord Capulet is preventing Romeo to be challenged is because he would prefer it not take place during the party, however he would have no objection of it taking place anywhere else. This builds tension with all characters involved in the scene as the audience will now expect that Tybalt will attempt to harm Romeo and builds a dramatic effect as now the thought has entered the audiences mind that Romeo's, the main character, life may be in danger. Just as Tybalt is preparing to challenger Romeo and Lord Capulet prevents it, the audience now think back to the fight scene at the beginning of the play and how that is affecting Tybalt's actions towards Romeo. The outline of the play is that Lord Capulet decides to throw a party in honour of Juliet's marriage; with Romeo and his friends hearing of this party with enough time to gate crash it. ...read more.

Conclusion

Shakespeare refers to Tybalt requesting for his rapier, this makes the audience think that Tybalt will confront Romeo and create a fight scene; however this is prevented by Lord Capulet. The drama is built up again by Tybalt ready to slaughter Romeo and with the audience being lead on to think this to the very last minute. Shakespeare then makes a further twist in the tale by implying that the Capulet's have every intention of marrying Juliet to Paris, a relative to the prince of Verona. However the family is unaware that Juliet also has every intention of marrying Romeo. As she had asked the nurse to find out whether Romeo is married she also adds "if he be married my grave is likely to be my wedding bed" this speech causes dramatic irony and is the introduction of the theme death, of her lover Romeo, which has followed up on the theme love when Romeo and Juliet were engaged in conversation. The statement implies that if she cannot marry Romeo she will not marry at all and die as a single woman. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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