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Romeo and Juliet

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Jasmine Fisher JLD Year 10 - Romeo & Juliet Coursework Thursday 21st February Romeo and Juliet Coursework The story Romeo and Juliet is about two star-crossed lovers who fall in love and do all they can to be together. Their two families are rivals, which then makes it hard for Romeo and Juliet to be together. The relationship between Juliet and her parents is important, because their relationship and attitudes towards each other change all throughout the story. The relationships are different between Juliet, her mother and her father as she uses different attitudes when talking to each. We will look closely at the relationship between Juliet, her family and their attitudes to everything, and will comment on how their language changes though out the play. The difference between fathers and daughters in Shakespearean time and today is completely different. Back in that time the fathers would take complete control of their daughter's lives, and the daughters would be powerless to any decisions. They would decide who they talked to and also who they would marry. A good example of this is Capulet with Juliet, and how he told Juliet that she would marry Paris in a few days. ...read more.

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Capulet thinks that by his daughter marrying Paris his family will gain wealth, land and their public status will grow. This scene is so powerful because Capulet shows his real colours, and shows how angry he can get. He threatens his daughter which must show he has a short temper. It also shows us that he is worrying more about his reputation than his daughter's feelings. This scene shows us that Juliet and Capulet have a very rocky relationship, which could go either way anytime. This shows that Capulet has a short temper. It also shows us that he is worrying more about his reputation than his daughter's feelings. Juliet responds to this argument with pleas such as, "Not proud, you have; but thankful, that you have: Proud can I never be of what I hate; but thankful even for hate, that is meant love." When Juliet quotes this, she is saying that she isn't proud that her father has arranged the marriage, but is thankful for him being so thoughtful and taking the time to go and find and man suitable for his daughter. In this scene Juliet only says very few lines compared to Caplet, which shows us that Capulet is more dominant than Juliet. ...read more.

Conclusion

Dramatic irony is used in this scene where Juliet tells her father she is going to marry Paris. Only Juliet and the audience know that she has no intensions of actually marrying Paris, as she has other plans. Juliet recently went to see the friar for ways that Juliet could get away from not marrying Paris. They came up with the idea of using poison, where Juliet would sleep for a few days with everyone thinking she was dead, and then waking up after the wedding. Juliet's behaviour is also influenced by the expectations of the society, because they expect her to do as her father tells her. In conclusion, Juliet and her father have a rocky relationship, that's could change from one day to the next. He thinks very highly of his daughter, and what he says goes. The society influences their relationship because the Capulets have a very high status in life and are expected to do the right thing. Shakespeare represents this relationship so powerfully as it is put to the point and the language used is very strong in what is said. It also has a powerful impact on the audience because for some of the time, the audience knows what is actually going on, where Capulet and Lady Capulet don't. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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