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Romeo and Juliet Introduction One of the most successful and well known plays William Shakespeare wrote was Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy play; two young people fall in the love but their families have a bitter grudge with one another, "and the continuance of their parents' rage which, but their children's end, naught could remove," (prologue lines 10-11). This quote explains to us how the grudge between the two families could only be removed by the death of these two 'star crossed lovers'. The theme of the play is love and hate; there are many examples of love and hate occurring especially with the party scene. In William Shakespeare's time status was a very important thing when it comes to everyday lifestyle. Status was also determined by gender, men were able to do more things that woman, such as, work and have more of a social life. When there were plays in the theatre people would stand or sit depending on status. If you were standing you would be of the lower class, if you were higher up in the stands the wealthier you were, for example the Queen would sit at the top. The theatre was very important in that time because it was the main source of entertainment. ...read more.

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Relationship between Juliet and Lady Capulet Lady Capulet and Juliet have a formal relationship. Juliet talks to her mother as is she is a teacher "Madam, I am here, what is you will?" this quote shows us how Juliet confronts her mother; it also shows us that she is respectful of her mothers status; shown by the formal 'Madam'. Lady Capulet views marriage as a business arrangement and she is keen to get Juliet married well to a wealthy man like Paris. A good marriage would make the Capulet's a more commanding and highly regarded family. When Lady Capulet enters the room she sees Juliet crying. She sympathizes with Juliet's grief at the death of Tybalt. Lady Capulet lets Juliet know how she feels about Romeo and how she plans on him being dead. "We will have vengeance for it, fear thou not. Then weep no more. Ill send to one Mantua, where that same banished runagate doth live, shall give him such an unaccustomed dram, that shall soon keep Tybalt company." Lady Capulet does not know about Juliet's feelings about Romeo and Juliet wasn't planning on letting her know, "indeed I never shall be satisfied with Romeo, till I behold him dead is my poor heart so for a kinsman vexed". ...read more.

Conclusion

Juliet uses a soliloquy at the end of Act 3 scene 5 when the Nurse leaves the room. "Ancient damnation! O most wicked fiend! It is more sin to wish me thus forsworn, Or to dispraise my lord with that same tongue so many thousand times? Go counselor; thou and my bosom henceforth shall be twain. I'll to the friar to know his remedy. If all else fail, myself have power to die". Juliet expresses her feelings to the audience. Soliloquies are still used in this time and day in the theatre. An example of an implicit direction would be in Act 1 scene 3, "this is the matter nurse, give leave awhile, we must talk in secret. Nurse, come back again!" the audience can see that Lady Capulet does not trust the Nurse, but she does depend on the Nurse to speak about Juliet about early marriage. The implicit direction is used like a command, when Lady Capulet tell the Nurse to come back. Lady Capulet also uses imperatives, "Nurse, where's my daughter? Call her forth to me" the word call in this quote is the imperative, an imperative is an order, and Shakespeare used imperatives in his text because it helped the actors to remember their lines. ?? ?? ?? ?? Henry Masih 10KDO Romeo & Juliet English coursework ...read more.

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