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Romeo and Juliet Assignment "The course of true love never did run smoothly"

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Romeo and Juliet Assignment "The course of true love never did run smoothly" Gavin Shepherdson "The course of true love never did run smoothly", Shakespeare used many different techniques to show this in Romeo and Juliet. Firstly he uses a complex plot with lots of twists and turns in it. Shakespeare also uses secret meetings in his plays; this makes the audience feel like they are involved in the play because they know what is happening when not all of the characters do. The plot of Romeo and Juliet is very elaborate and complicated. The audience is always surprised at what happens next. The story is based around the Capulet and Montague families. The two families both live in Verona and they both despise each other. Shakespeare throws us straight into the action in the first scene, with a fight between the two families. Shakespeare lets us know just how much the two households hate each other and gets the audience involved. Shakespeare also tells us something about Romeo in the first scene, he is very romantic and is already in love with Rosaline. This will help the audience to relate to Romeo and will make them feel they know a little bit more about him. A servant of Lord Capulet asks Romeo to read an invitation for him. This tells us that Romeo is also well educated. ...read more.


Juliet meets Romeo at Friar Laurence's cell. The couple are married in secret because they are afraid the families will find out. This shows that Romeo and Juliet are very trusting. They trust the Friar and the Nurse enough not to tell the families about their secret marriage. Then Mercutio, Romeo's best friend, picks a fight with Tybalt. Romeo tries to stop the pair from fighting but Mercutio ends up being killed. Romeo becomes enraged, "This day's black fate on mo days doth depend; this but begins the woe others must end." Romeo fights with Tybalt and kills him. "Oh, I am fortune's fool." Romeo is banished from Verona by the Prince. This is another example where the course of true love does not run smoothly. Romeo can no longer be with Juliet, if he stays he will be killed. Romeo says, "Ha, banishment! Be merciful, say 'death'. For exile hath more terror in his look, much more than death." This shows the audience that Romeo loves Juliet so much that he would rather die than live without her. Juliet is told she must marry Paris. She would rather stab herself then marry him so she goes to Friar Laurence for help. He gives her a potion, which will make her look like she is dead. Then when she is laid in the Capulet tomb Romeo will come and meet her and they can run away together. ...read more.


Juliet is a gentle girl and is obedient to her parents. Near the end of the play she changes and no longer listens to her parents. She fakes her own death so she does not have to do what her parents told her. "I pray you, tell my lord and father, madam, I will not marry yet." Romeo is very romantic and is in love with the idea of being in love. He says, "In sadness, cousin, I do love a woman," when he is talking about Rosaline. Later he says, "O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright." When he talks about Juliet he is more passionate. He really does love Juliet. The Nurse loves Juliet and at the start she wants her to be happy so she allows Juliet to marry Romeo. She likes Romeo and thinks that he is a gentle boy. Her opinion of him changes when he kills Tybalt. She loves Tybalt and is filled with hate for Romeo. She says, "I think you are happy in this second match, for it excels your first." She is telling Juliet to marry Paris because he is far better than Romeo. This is the point where Juliet realizes she can no longer trust the nurse. The play ends with both families resolving their feud. Capulet says to Montague, "O brother Montague, give me thy hand." The play has both a happy and sad ending. Romeo and Juliet have killed themselves but the two families have ended their dispute and there will no longer be any fighting in Verona. ...read more.

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