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Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet is one of William Shakespeare's most famous plays it is thought to have been written in 1595 but later published in 1597. Even though the play contrasts elements of romance, it is a tragedy. The plot of Romeo and Juliet is based on an Italian tale that was translated into verse in 1562 by Arthur Brooke, and then retold in prose in 1582 by William Painter. Arthur Brook and William Painter were Shakespeare's main inspiration for Romeo and Juliet. The play is about two rival families: the Montagues and the Capulets, who have been feuding for many years. This is complicated when Romeo a Montague, and Juliet a Capulet fall in love but are forced to keep it a secret which then leads to their death alongside many others. A soliloquy is a speech given by a character that no other character can hear and it reveals what the character is really thinking as well as showing their true feelings. Soliloquies are a frequent occurrence in 'Romeo and Juliet' and are delivered by Romeo, Juliet, and the Friar. A soliloquy can have many uses in a play as they may increase dramatic effectiveness, build dramatic irony, foreword plots, and increase tension within the audience. The Friar's soliloquy's occurs in Act 2, Scene 3, straight after Romeo and Juliet decide to get married. ...read more.

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"Leap into these arms untalked of and unseen" Dramatic irony is created in this soliloquy because although the audience is aware Romeo has killed Tyblot, Juliet isn't. When she finds out her happiness may fade, indeed she may no longer even wish to be married. Such thoughts evoke sadness in the audience. During this soliloquy Juliet uses a lot of ornate and poetic language to describe Romeo which highlights her love for him. She states "Cut him into little stars". This again shows her love him by using words such as stars which is seen to be a romantic thing and is a clever use of ornate language. However, her undeniable love for Romeo only adds to the audience's sadness because the loss seems even more tragic. This then builds a dramatic moment later in the scene. It also contrasts well with the previous scenes violence as this is a quiet loving scene which is emphasized by the previous violence. This soliloquy also cements the audience's appreciation of Juliet's true love for Romeo and redresses the balance as, at first, Romeo seems more explicitly passionate about Juliet. Here Juliet shows us profound emotion: "And he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night" Juliet compares Romeo to Heaven itself and claims that he is brighter than the Sun. ...read more.

Conclusion

which shows he is confused with love and sees death as a release. "A dateless bargin to engrossing death" His constant use of grotesque language also helps to show his fragile mind. "With worms that are thy chamber - maids" The statement about worms in this quote is particularly grotesque as he is saying worms will feast on his flesh after he kills himself. This soliloquy has a dramatic effect on the audience because as the audience knows Juliet is actually still alive. The length of the soliloquy increases the dramatic effectiveness as the audience are held in suspense and must watch in terror when Romeo drinks the potion. The audience know once and for all that Romeo and Juliet can never be together again. "Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die" Soliloquies are useful to plays as they help audiences to learn more about a character's feelings, emotions and true thoughts. Romeo and Juliet's soliloquies are similar because of their constant use of ornate language, their dramatic irony and imagery. The Friar's and Juliet's soliloquies are similar because they highlight the oppositions portrayed in the play. At the time of Romeo's soliloquy the audience is very anxious and desperately hoping Juliet will awake so the play can end happily. At the same time however, the audience are upset because they know the play won't end happily. This is why I think Romeo's soliloquy is the most dramatically effective out of the three. ...read more.

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