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English Coursework - Romeo and Juliet Comparing William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' is a tragic play about two forbidden lovers, whose family's deep seeded hatred for each other kept them apart. The audience are aware from the beginning that both Romeo and Juliet are destined to die and this gives off the impression that they are ill fated from the beginning. Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, defy their parents and marry in secret, knowing that they could never be together publicly. After Romeo was banished from Verona for killing Juliet's cousin Tybalt, Juliet's grieving for the 'loss' of Romeo is mistaken by her father for that of Tybalt. In an attempt to pacify her he arranges for her to marry Paris. Juliet is horrified at this and so seeks the priest's help. He gives her a poison, which will put her to sleep for twenty-four hours, thus enabling her to be presumed dead and not have to marry Paris. After this period of twenty- four hours, Romeo, who would have been informed of the plan by the priest, was supposed to come to the chapel of rest where Juliet's body would be laid and as she awoke they would be together. ...read more.


It makes the audience feel very romantic and the metaphors and style give the reader a true sense of what Romeo feels for Juliet and how much he loves her. The fact that he uses such heavenly images also shows how much he loves her. The fact that Romeo constantly compared Juliet to light and angels suggests sincerity and consistency, making you more inclined to believe that he really does love Juliet. With Rosaline it was only her beauty that attracted him to her, whereas with Juliet he sees her in more genuine and characteristic terms. He uses soft and gentle language, which hints at his gentle nature as well as the gentleness he sees in. Juliet's speech in Act IV Scene III is just after Tybalt's death. Juliet's father mistakes her grief for Romeo being banished for that of Tybalt's death and hurries to find her a suitor. This is obviously exactly what Juliet does not want since she is already married to her true love, Romeo. Juliet visits the priest and begs him to help her. He gives her a poison, which will 'kill' her for forty-six hours so that she will not have to marry her suitor, Paris. After this time she will wake up and be able to run away with Romeo. ...read more.


The use of the word "dismal" adds to the feeling of darkness and emptiness. It is used at the beginning of the speech when Juliet realizes that she must carry out this act alone, without the help and advice of her trusted nurse or her mother. This makes the audience feel even more sorry for Juliet: not only does she have to go to such lengths to be with the one she loves but she has no one to turn to and must act alone. Her words also suggest an element of disorder. Phrases such as, "bones are pack'd" give over a feeling of disarray. This is symbolic of Juliet' current state of mind and gives the audience a feeling that she is in a complete state of disarray, not dissimilar to an image of bines strewn all over the place. Juliet is worried that she will see the skeletons and ghosts of her deceased family. Again we notice the use of language, which sends out a feeling of terror and ugliness. She also uses the word "Alack," which is an exclamation of fear and building tension. Juliet speaks of "...mandrakes shrieks." Mandrakes were a mythical creature whose cry had the power to kill those who heard it. She is worried that the sounds in the tomb will be as bad as those the mandrakes make, and she will go mad or become demented. ...read more.

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