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Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

He classic play script, Romeo and Juliet is written by Shakespeare. His intentions were to show the conflict between families. The members of he Capulet's and Montague's do not know each other, yet they hate each other. Why? Because of a person's last name and this provokes hatred. It also shows how the main characters, Romeo and Juliet were willing to sacrifice their relationship with their families in order to be together. The feuding of the families results in the tragic death of these "star-crossed lovers". As Romeo and Juliet meet by fate their lives are also taken by fate. This plays as a major theme throughout the play, shown in this further discussion. The time period of which Shakespeare wrote this play, religion played a big role in peoples lives. And throughout the play the characters refer to religion which is clearly shown in Act 1 Scene 5, where Romeo and Juliet first meet in a sonnet. The previous scenes build tension creating an atmosphere to prepare the audience for this intense meeting of the `to be' couple. The play starts off with a prologue. The reason being is that it tells the audience background on the play so they can have a clearer understanding of it. The prologue is a sonnet and tells the audience what happens to these loves. "A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life," analysing this quote it touches on the theme faith. It shows that the meeting of the lovers was influenced by the stars and they were meant `to be' together as previously stated. By giving away the fact that the loves die it seems that Shakespeare has sacrificed the reason for the dramatic suspense and tension in the play. However Shakespeare has not told the audience why the die or how they met. Therefore this creates a build up of a tension and curiosity to Act 1 Scene 5 of when the destined lovers meet. ...read more.

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"I will make thee think thy swan a crow." Benvolio tries to make Romeo like someone else. "One fairer than my love?" Romeo questions his cousin about his proposal to change his love for Rosaline. After much persuading Romeo goes along, "but to rejoice in splendour of mine own." However he is only going to see Rosaline. This is a key scene because we now know that Romeo is going to a ball where only Capulet's are invited in Act Scene 5. Also we know that this is the famous scene when Romeo and Juliet meet. The audience want to know if Juliet will get an arranged marriage or how she will be with Romeo. Moving into Act 1 Scene 3 we meet Juliet for the first time and we ding out her views if she agrees on the marriage. Juliet is asked about her marriage from her mother and replies, "it is an honour that I dream not of." Juliet clearly shows that she does not think of getting married. By saying "dream" it emphasise her negativity to the question more. Her mother tries to change her mind, "this precious book of love...only lacks a cover." She uses a metaphor to compare him to a book of love. This means he will love Juliet very much yet he has no cover which is the place of Juliet. She then begins to fall for her mother's wishes, "I'll look to like, if looking liking move. But no more deep." Juliet tells her mother that she will see Paris and look at him. However she will not get involved beyond the stage of liking him. As Juliet has stated that she will not get involved with Paris it lightens the mood for the audience know that Juliet is going to meet Romeo. But as we get closer to Act 1 Scene 5 the tension builds too. ...read more.

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It shows that she has high standards of Romeo and also shows that she likes or loves him as he has been `approved' by the book. But then the scene picks up a great deal of tension when the lovers both find out who they fallen in love with. "Is she a Capulet? ... My life is my foe's debt" By Romeo questioning himself he hopes that he is wrong. As he so wishes Juliet not to be a Capulet so he can be in love with her without doing wrong. Romeo also talks about Juliet as his, "life." This shows that he has already fallen in love with Juliet and therefore will do anything to be with her. Juliet also shows the same feelings when she finds out who Romeo really is. "My only love sprung from my only hate," this quote, like Romeo's shoes that Juliet has fallen in love with Romeo and she is disappointed to find out that he is a Montague. However as the audience we still get the felling that she will go against her family for Romeo's sake. This tells the audience to expect troubles from this. Overall the prologue and the four scenes before this is what built up to Act1 Scene5. Even though the dramatic irony was there and the audience knew what was going to happen it made it in a way more of an impact to know this. The previous scenes help to create and build the tension by setting a background for this scene. We were able to find out the main characters and their attitudes and personalities. This is what put together out expectations of scene5, but as we didn't know the full facts it made us want to know more and again we created the tension for ourselves. Now that we know how everything happened up to scene5 we are left with the thought of what will happen next. Will Romeo and Juliet get to be together? So now Act1 Scene5 will set you up for the rest of the play. ...read more.

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