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Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet The play 'Romeo and Juliet' was first performed in the 1590s. The play is about the only son and daughter of the Capulets and Montagues, two powerful families, at war, in Verona, where our play is set. The two families are sworn enemies, so despite Romeo and Juliet falling in love, we know it will be difficult for them to be together because their two families are rivals. Romeo and Juliet keep their love a secret, with only Juliet's Nurse and Romeo's friend Benvolio, knowing about their secret love. Meanwhile, conflict has arisen between the two families because of Romeo's appearance at the Capulet's Ball, which also adds to the tension. In Shakespeare's tragedies, something bad normally happens to our characters or somebody dies. In 'Romeo and Juliet' there is an added tragedy in that they fell in love with the wrong person, causing pain and grief to those around them. ...read more.

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It says that Mercutio and Tybalt fall. Tybalt kills Mercutio and Romeo kills Tybalt in revenge. Romeo had attempted to make peace but in doing so had led to his friend's death. This is very significant as they had already been warned by the Prince that any further violence would be punished; in Act 1 Scene 1 he stated, "Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace". Love is an important theme in the play. At the start of the play Romeo's love is unrequited love. This means he thinks he is in love with Rosaline but she does not feel the same. Romeo's view of love changes throughout the play because at the start he says "This is not Romeo, he's some other where." He was not acting like himself but when he meets Juliet he knows exactly who he is and what he wants. ...read more.

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You see this when she says "For blood of ours, shed blood of Montague." There is also more violence and revenge elsewhere in the play like at the beginning where the servants of Capulet and Montague get in a fight. We see this when Sampson says "Draw if you be men. Gregory, rember thy washing blow." I have come to the conclusion that Act 3 Scene 1 is a very important part in the play because it is the turning point for Romeo and Juliet. Love, violence and revenge are all present in this critical scene. Following Mercutio's death at the hand of Tybalt, something which Romeo had tried to prevent, Romeo kills Tybalt. This leads to Romeo having to flee Verona. If this violence had not taken place, Romeo and Juliet would have married, as had been arranged by Friar Lawrence. Instead, they are forced to change their plans and we have a very different outcome from what might have been expected at the end of Act 2. ?? ?? ?? ?? Marie Doherty ...read more.

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