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Romeo and Juliet.

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Romeo and Juliet I think the main turning point in this scene is Romeo reading the letter (invitation) from the illiterate servant, Shakespeare makes this scene fit perfectly in the play by getting the party in where Romeo and Juliet first meet. The thing that stimulates Romeo to attend the party is the invitation, which had Rosaline's name on it. Earlier Romeo was talking about her with Benvolio and said that he was madly in love with her. 'Not mad, but bound more then a madman is' (Act 1 Scene 2, lines 50 -55). Capulet and Paris are in the middle of a conversation, Capulet says that he and Montague had become old and should stop the ongoing family rivalry. Paris asks for Juliet's hand in marriage. Capulet indirectly approves the proposal but asks for two summers (two years) to pass because Juliet is still young. 'My child is still a stranger to the world, she hath not seen the change of fourteen years' (Act 1 Scene 2, lines 5 -10). In lines 32 - 33 Capulet gives similar advice that Benvolio gave to Romeo, he asks Paris to look at other lades and compare them with Juliet. Capulet shows that he is a very loving father who is concerned about Juliet's future and well - being (letting her chose who she marries) ...read more.


Capulet invites Paris to a feast saying that there will be many attractive women and he should compare them to Juliet. Paris is very keen to marry Juliet and on the other hand Juliet is totally against the idea (after meeting Romeo). She is not willing to exchange Romeo for Paris who is a well-respected Gentleman. I think Juliet is too young to even think about getting married. Although in the olden days girls probably used to get married younger; thirteen years is far too young to make the kind of decisions she made. She took many risks and followed her heart. At this age, one would assume she would give up one passion (Romeo) for another (Paris) but she didn't. Before here meeting with Romeo she seemed to be a very obedient daughter, but later all this changed dramatically. Capulet suggests that old men are better to keep the peace than young men and better to keep their tempers then young men. And in act this proves to be largely true. It is young men who lose their tempers and get involved in stupid fights. However it is also true that Capulet and lady Capulet show them selves of keeping their tempers with Juliet. Shakesphire shows the issue of behaving moderately more concerned with old people who can behave responsibly, where as young people are to challengeable and passionate. ...read more.


Shakesphire uses the image of stars quite often. Later, when Romeo is desperate thinking Juliet has died, he defies the stars, but this time the stars mean something quite different. When he is defying the stars, he is defying the heavens, which in those days was thought of as the place where God lived, and so he is really defying God. Capulet uses some figures of speeches, which are rather typical of shakesphire's writing when he makes comments about all his other children that are dead and have been buried. In Act 1 Scene 1 the immediate thing that happened leading up to the scene was Romeo and Benvolio talking about Romeo's love. This scene (Act 1 Scene 2) sets up the whole storyline in the play and makes other events unfold in due time (e.g. the party). I think Juliet's Parents are trying to do what they think is best for her. If there had not been a family conflict then they would possibly have had no problem with Juliet meeting Romeo; except maybe for the issue of age. Juliet is motivated and very determined to follow her inexperienced heart. I conclude by saying that this scene is one of the most important scene in the play. It changes the whole flow of the story changing everything, creating dilemmas and causing characters to take desperate risks. English Coursework Mizanul Hoque 03/05/2007 1 ...read more.

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