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Romeo and Juliet act 2

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Introduction

ROMEO AND JULIET Romeo and Juliet is a play written by William Shakespeare in 1595.It is one of his most famous plays. It is set in a city called Verona a story of two young people falling in love but the two families they come from hate each other to a huge extent. The couple are determined not to let the feud between the families come between them but they have to live with the consequences. It is a typical Shakespeare tragedy so it involves love and death. Unlike Shakespeare's other plays this play has optimism and comedy too. The play is divided into five acts and each of the acts a few scenes in them. So far in the play we have learnt that the two families (Montagues and Capulets) hate each other because there was a massive brawl between the two families in the first scene. Romeo is heart broken because the girl that he loves (Rosaline) does not love him back. We have learnt that Romeo (a Montague) ...read more.

Middle

"More light, you knaves; and turn the tables up, And quench the fire, the room is grown too hot." Capulet is using a glad toned voice to order the servants. He is ordering them to put out the fire and to move the tables to make more room. This is also showing excitement and it shows that more people are dancing because he wants to make more space. For the audience this is a great build up because they know that Romeo will enter the scene soon. Romeo's first speech in this scene is describing Juliet. This speech creates a fantastic sense of romance. In this speech Shakespeare uses poetry to create a sense of romance. He uses rhyming couplets which are often used in love poems. "Like a rich jewel in an ethiope's ear;" This shows that Romeo thinks that she's so beautiful she stands out above everyone. He uses the word jewel because he believes that she precious. "Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!" This also creates a sense of romance because he is saying that she is way too beautiful to be on earth and that earth is not good enough for her. ...read more.

Conclusion

This language makes it seem like it is right for them to be together and that their love is pure and holy like marriage. The rhyme scheme is ABAB this tells us that the couple is meant to be together, like they know what each other are going to say. The sense of danger is created again when Romeo and Juliet that they are from different the two rival families. "My only love sprung from my only hate" Juliet says this meaning that the only person she is the person she's meant to hate. It is extremely terrible for the two to love each other because of the undying hate of the two families they come from. In this scene alone Shakespeare uses his talent to create danger, romance and excitement. He uses Capulet and the servants to create excitement in the build up to Romeo's entrance. Shakespeare uses Tybalt's threat for danger and he uses Romeo and Juliet's speech to create romance. Because of Tybalt's threat to kill Romeo as revenge for coming to the party the audience would be expecting a big fight in the next scene therefore they will be looking forward to the next scene with great anticipation. ...read more.

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