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GCSE Drama Coursework-Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet's love affair affects themselves, their friends and their families. Different people react to this love in different ways. How does Shakespeare make an audience interested in this? Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous love stories ever written. Just as their love was depicted as eternal, the play itself has lasted for years. The play explores many views of love. Each character has a different personality and a different view on both love and life. Love in the dictionary is defined as a warm liking or affection or sexual passion. Romeo and Juliet is a story of true love so it is unexpected that the first reference to love is about sex. Sampson and Gregory are the first two characters introduced to the audience. Both Sampson and Gregory have petty and narrow perceptions of 'love'. Neither of them appears to have ever experienced true love. They see women as objects not people. They do not see love as anything to do with emotions but just sexual desires. Both Sampson and Gregory have little knowledge and understanding of love. Neither of them appears to have ever experienced true love. ...read more.


So the main demonstration of love that we see from him is towards his daughter. He is furious when Juliet defies him and is prepared to cast her out from his house! Juliet loves Romeo infinitely and will do anything for him, even die. Her devastation is immense when her love, Romeo, is banished from Verona. Juliet tells her family that she is distraught due to the death of her cousin, Tybalt, but her grief is caused by her undying love. Romeo and Juliet share a bond, which makes their love even more special. When they first meet each other they share their language. They both use biblical and religious words to express themselves. The first time they speak it is in the form of a sonnet: "Romeo: If I profane with my unworthiest hand this holy shrine, the gentle sin is this, My lips two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss. Juliet: Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much, which mannerly devotion shows in this, for saints have hands that pilgrims hands do touch, and palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss." The first moment that they meet, it is obvious that there is something special between them. ...read more.


Lady Montague is much more concerned about her family than Lady Capulet is with her family. Lady Montague's first words are to stop Lord Montague from joining in the riot. She dies of a broken heart after she hears of Romeo's death. Juliet's love for Romeo is true and pure and he is her first love. She loves him more than anything in the world. She is very devastated when Romeo is banished from Verona. Lady Capulet thinks that Juliet is sad because of Tybalt's death but her grief is caused because of the banishment of her husband. When they first meet it is obvious there is something special between them. Juliet's character changes throughout the play because of her love for Romeo. She becomes less obedient and more mature and independent as the play moves on. Romeo does not talk to his parents about the way he feels. He talks to Mercutio, Benvolio or Friar Lawrence. Shakespeare writes about the power of hatred to destroy lives. 'Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean' (prologue). The Prince also talks about hatred at the end of the play. 'See what a scourge is laid upon your hate, that heaven finds means to kill your joys with love' (Act 5 Scene 3). All through the play there are hints that Romeo and Juliet should not be together. ...read more.

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