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Romeo and Juliet - Faith or Folly. William Shakespeare's play, "The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet," is the story of two "star crossed" lovers who both meet a tragic end. They did not imagine that their love would lead into the tragedy, it did. 'Romeo and Juliet' is a tragedy; however, the poetic and vivid manner in which Shakespeare engages the viewer or reader makes this a beautiful play. The first words said in the play are the prologue. In the Prologue we are presented with a brief summary of the play. The Prologue is written as a sonnet, and sonnets were a popular form of poetry in Shakespeare's time; they were a traditional and respected poetic form that usually dealt with a theme of love. A sonnet has 14 lines with a set rhyme scheme, this helps to create a sense of harmony and acts to link the ideas expressed in the sonnet. The feud between the two families was one factor that contributed to the love of Romeo and Juliet being destined for destruction. "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny" The other aspects of their destruction included the nurse and her betrayal of Juliet and the most important aspect of all is fate. The two families, Montague's and Capulet's, hated each other so much and here we are told about the 'ancient grudge' is about, that even their servants hated each other. ...read more.


Romeo is an example of the tragic hero. There are six things needed to be a tragic hero, the character has to be of high rank, originally good, in a conflict, flawed, realize his error too late and he/she become isolated. The Friar in this play, expresses and shows all of these traits, and therefore can be considered a tragic hero alongside Romeo. Juliet Capulet is in love with Romeo Montague. It was love at first sight says Juliet. They met at a Ball thrown by her parents Lord & Lady Capulet for Juliet who was to suppose to marry Paris. Juliet then sees Romeo from across the room. Juliet did not know that her feelings were for someone from the Montague, until the end of the party. Juliet then goes out on the balcony after the ball, to tell the stars of her forbidden love. Romeo accidentally overhears Juliet's thoughts. This scene shows that Juliet is physically above Romeo, showing that she is like an angel that has come from heaven. The moon is also personified in this scene "Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, who is already sick and pale who grief", this is showing that the moon is a goddess and the moon is being compared with Juliet. So we get the idea that Romeo worships Juliet, rein forcing some religious ideas expressed in their first conversation. ...read more.


The masquerade party was above all the most important aspect of the play this is because this is the scene where Romeo and Juliet first meet. In the play Romeo and Juliet are very foolish, this is because they act very childish about everything, especially love, this is because they want to get married as soon as possible. Shakespeare is trying to get the message across to the audience that both Romeo and Juliet were too young and too naive. At the end of the play, Prince Escalus says that everyone is punished, and then a few lines later, "some shall be pardoned and some punished". People can be punished for there actions but cannot be punished for fate, for example, Mercutio and Tybalt. Whilst no single person can be held responsible for what eventually happens, each person plays there part. The death of Tybalt resulted in Romeo's banishment, which led into the rush of getting Romeo and Juliet married. This is foolishness because, Romeo and Juliet did not give time for their feelings to settle, an allow them to figure out why they really loved each other. In my opinion I think it is all fate, except some parts, when they rush into getting married, this is because they didn't know what was going to happen to them, they just went along with what ever came to them. ?? ?? ?? ?? Kirandeep Jaswal Romeo and Juliet 10x4 ...read more.

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