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Romeo and Juliet.

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Introduction

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. The first moment that they meet, it is obvious that there is something special between them. The first time they speak to each other is in a form of a sonnet (line 92-105). A sonnet is a fourteen-line poem, which is usually to do with love, which is true in this case. For Shakespeare to give them lines together making a sonnet shows how important their love affair is. The sonnet creates an intimate atmosphere and allows Shakespeare to involve the audience emotionally. Romeo and Juliet share the experience of true love, but they both have a distinct character. The audience first gets to know Romeo when he is weeping for Rosaline, Act 1 Scene 1 (lines 158-236). ...read more.

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"She gallops night by nights, through lovers' brains, and then they dream of love," Mercutio thinks that Romeo is wasting his time with Rosaline, and mocks him. In general Mercutio has a clouded view of 'love'. He considers 'love' only in sexual terms rather than emotions. We are immediately aware of the very close relationship between the Nurse and Juliet. The nurse is the equivalent of Juliet's mother, she raised and looked after her and is very close to Juliet. Juliet is in fact a lot closer to the nurse than to her own mother. The one person that Juliet has always loved is the nurse. The nurse is the only character in the play that she tells about her love for Romeo. Juliet confides in the nurse, because she is like her mother. The nurse has a blunt attitude towards love and sex, but is an affectionate and loving woman who wants Juliet to be happy. She has a big heart but clearly has no understanding of the depth of Juliet's love for Romeo. The Nurse comes into play at the same time as Juliet's mother. In the planning of the marriage it is the Nurse who is the 'messenger'. Ironically when she realises things have gone badly wrong, that Romeo is banished and marriage to Paris is inevitable, she is the one who advises Juliet to obey her parents. ...read more.

Conclusion

It is important for Romeo to say this since the audience cannot see Juliet's beauty. In Shakespeare's theatre a boy would play Juliet. But the metaphor also tells us that it is night, as Romeo can see the torches he compares her to. The point of the play is not how such a love can come out of hatred and then triumph over in death, but that it does. It is suggested that 'damnation' lies in wait for the lovers. The alliance is likely to feel that Romeo and Juliet take a chance loving each other but whether it was worth it or not is a question Shakespeare leaves us to answer. Another point, Shakespeare tries to put across is their dedication to one another, in spite of insurmountable obstacles, overcomes all prejudice and the fighting on which the ancient feud is based. Their love brings about reconciliation, even if it comes at a terrible price! Shakespeare's presentation of 'love' in the play 'Romeo and Juliet' varies. Some characters think only of sex (Mercutio and the nurse for example), others demonstrate a form of love with their children (Lord Montague, Lord Capulet and Lady Capulet), but the one true, pure love is that of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet make the greatest sacrifice (which is their lives) for each other and this proves their love. ...read more.

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