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Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is probably William Shakespeare's most famous plays. It is set in Verona in Italy in the medieval times and is based around love, death and tragedy. The play is about two feuding families, Capulet and Montague, who are life-long enemies, that don't quite know why they hate each other so much. Romeo the sixteen year old, only son of Montague, has the tendency to fall in and out of love, but upon meeting Juliet, the thirteen year old, only daughter of Capulet, they immediately fall in love at first sight, each not knowing the other is the only child of their only enemy. They get married and all seems well until Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, challenges Romeo to a fight to which he refuses, and as Mercutio offers to take Romeo's place he is subsequently killed. Mercutio being Romeo's best friend, Romeo then kills Tybalt as an act of revenge. Juliet being distraught not knowing where to place her loyalty and the fact that Romeo may be sentenced to death as a punishment. After a plan fails, the play ends with both Romeo and Juliet taking their lives, showing their love for one and other, and after years of feuding the two families agree to be civil, only after six lives are lost in the time span of two weeks. ...read more.

Middle

In this scene there a very strong atmosphere of resentment and violence and seems to be purely based around the two. "O calm dishonourable, vile submission! Alla stoccata carries it away. (draws his sword) Tybalt, you rat-catcher, will you walk?" In this quotation, we see that Mercutio is not willing to compromise, nor is Tybalt and it is clear that a fight would erupt shortly after their exchange of insults, once more emphasising the feeling of tension. Benvolio seems to represent the voice of reason, appearing to be the peacekeeper, whereas Tybalt and Mercutio are keen to start a fight. Shakespeare uses insults to portray the characters' personas, for example Tybalt often uses insults to dishonour the Montagues like 'boy' and 'man' in the context of a servant towards Romeo to disrespect him showing that he takes pride and honour seriously (hence why he was so aggravated when Romeo was at the Capulet feast). There is also a paragraph in which Shakespeare uses purely animal imagery, playing on Tybalt's nickname, King of Cats; he does this several times for example when he refers to him as a 'rat-catcher' but more noticeably "Good king of cats, nothing but one of your nine lives; that I mean to make bold withal, and as you shall use me hereafter, drybeat the rest of the eight. ...read more.

Conclusion

This links to the tragedy, because Paris who had been an innocent outsider is killed adding to the sadness and making you feel involved. In this scene the metaphor of Juliet being the light in the tomb is used, portraying Romeo's love for Juliet, and he shows his sorrow in his speech. Fate plays a very large part in this scene, because everything happens either too late or too early. This creates a dramatic effect on the audience because of how close everything comes to working out, and as the audience also know the plan and feel involved, it almost makes them want to shout out what is happening to fix the situation. In this way, using innocent or young people's death, Shakespeare depicts how paltry situations can get out of hand and end tragically. In conclusion, the play successfully builds up cleverly to a tragic ending with each scene fitting in perfectly like a jigsaw to another. By drawing the audience into the story Shakespeare creates a larger impact on them, particularly the ending as it is evidentially the most tragic scene. In despite of the prologue, and the fact that people knew the play ended with the deaths of Romeo and Juliet the way it was written had people doubting it up until the very end, creating a very dramatic finish. ?? ?? ?? ?? Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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