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Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet essay... Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is based on a real life scenario which happened between a couple in Verona, Italy. William Shakespeare adapted the story into a play which was first published in 1597. The play is about a young man and woman who come from the two main influential noble families in Verona, who for generations have held a bitter feud. Romeo is the son of the head of the Montague family and Juliet is the daughter of the head of the Capulet family. Romeo and Juliet accidently meet at a masquerade ball held at the Capulet family home. Romeo's curiousity about the Capulets persuades him to attend the ball uninvited as he can disguise himself in a mask. He meets Juliet and they fall deeply in love, but have to keep this secret because of their families' hatred for each other. Nurse is Juliet's nanny. She is motherly and kind to Juliet, unlike her own mother. She is the only character in the play that knows about Romeo and Juliet because of Juliet's strong relationship with her. Capulet and Lady Capulet are Juliet's parents. They are controlling and do not have a close relationship with Juliet. Montague and Lady Montague are Romeo's parents. ...read more.

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We can see this from the amount she says in the scene. She talks a lot in act one scene three. Shakespeare wanted us to see the contrast between nurse and Juliet. You can see how nurse is naturally loving and caring towards Juliet and is proud of it; and lady Capulet knows she is not close to Juliet and is not bothered by the fact that she is not. If I was directing the play, I would emphasise Juliet's relationship with nurse by making them spend more time together and show their conversations in more detail. Shakespeare makes it clear that Juliet's relationship with her parents is not like a normal family relationship. In act one scene five. It is the scene of the masked ball at the Capulet's. Our fist impression of Capulet is a nice man who doesn't like to cause trouble. We think this because when the Montague's turn up at their party, Juliet's cousin Tybalt is not happy and goes to tell Capulet that they have arrived and explains how he wants to have a fight with Romeo, 'Uncle this is a Montague, our foe: A villain that is hither come in spite, to scorn at our solemnity this night' Capulet answers to this 'Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone. ...read more.

Conclusion

These are news indeed' Juliet calls her parents lord and madam; this also shows us that they do not have a close relationship. Romeo and Juliet are madly in love. They have to hide this from their families and friends. The main scene when they are together is act three scene five. They spend the night together. You can tell that they do not want to part when Juliet says 'Yond light is not daylight, I know it, I: it is some meteor that the sun exhal'd to be to thee thins night a torch-bearer and the light thee on thy way to Mantua. Therefore stay yet, thou need'st not to be gone'. They are in fear that they might not see each other again as Romeo is now banished from Verona due to him killing Tybalt. 'O think'st thou we shall ever meet again?' Romeo is caring and sweet to Juliet. He has many feelings for her and Makes her feel special. They have to marry in secret. Romeo has quite short but meaningful speeches to Juliet. Shakespeare shows us what these characters are like and how they treat Juliet in their different approaches, lady Capulet's cold approach, nurse's kind and caring approach, Capulet's bossy and controlling approach, Romeos loving and admiring approach. Shakespeare also shows us in the way he portrays the characters and their relationship with Juliet with their different attitudes. ...read more.

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