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Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is a famous romantic, tragedy written by William Shakespeare around the time of 1595. The word tragedy in Shakespearian times had a stronger meaning than it has today. We know tragedy as something bad, however in Shakespearian it means: death of a character because of a fault. But love and hate are the main themes of the play. Lots of things were different in Shakespearian times. In Shakespearian times plays were staged on an apron stage. There was a trapdoor where people can fall from or a devil can rise from. There were no curtains so actors had to enter and exit through a door. The only place where actors could hide was called an alcove. It was the only place where curtains where. There also was a balcony. It was there to show important and high people like God or royalty. In the balcony scene Juliet was shining beauty higher than him (i.e. an angel) according to Romeo. How the audience watched the play was also different and it depended on your rank of where you would see the play. The farmers and peasants watched the standing up. Even though the rich and high ranked people watched the play from a balcony, which shaped like an olden day football stadium. ...read more.


Shakespeare used this technique to build up the hate in this scene. Shakespeare was using really strong and dramatic language to how unnatural it is to fight your neighbour. And you can see it from this speech: 'That quench the fire of your pernicious rage With purple fountains issuing from your veins' 'Profaners of the neighbour stained steel'. The words ''hell'' and ''villain'' are strong words they use to show how strongly they dislike each other. Romeo is supposedly in love with Rosaline and Benvolio being a friend, listens to what Romeo has to say. Romeo talks about how weird love is but how wonderful as well. He says it full of confusion and filled with contradictory expressions because he is playing with the idea of being in love. When he says: 'Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire' his confused words suggest that his love for Rosaline is fake. Love is supposed to be hot but he is saying that it is cold, which means it isn't love. However he then suddenly talks about love as if it was something he could breathe touch and kiss. Romeo talks about Rosaline as if she was the perfect woman. And most of his speech is in rhyming couplets, due to his confusion. His attitude about love now is that it is wonderful. ...read more.


This is basically love for the purpose of sexual pleasure. And we see this first in the conversation of Sampson and Gregory: 'I will be civil with the maids'. Secondly, there is infuation love. Romeo thinks he is in love and moans over Rosaline, although we know it's fake. 'bright smoke, cold fire'. Finally, we come to true pure love. When Romeo meets Juliet, he knows that she's is different. Love changes people. Romeo is a more passionate, and eager person. And Juliet becomes more independent. Love is not just a feeling, it is some thing that a person is willing to do for love. In the extreme case of Romeo and Juliet, they were willing to die for each other.' I will kiss thy lips; Haply some poison yet doth hang on them, To make die with a restorative.' Their love was so strong that they were willing to go against years of hatred between their families and try to make things work. The moral of Romeo and Juliet is not to rush into things like love, hate and important decisions. But instead the star crossed lovers met their fate. And if the families had listened to the Prince of Verona and made peace, then Mercutio and Tybalt wouldn't have died. But it took the deaths of two young lovers for them to know that their actions were wrong. 'O brother Montague, give me thy hand'. So the moral of this story is don't act hastily and rush into things. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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