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Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare.

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GCSE English and English Literature Coursework: Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare The origin of Romeo and Juliet is Italian. Masuccio Salernitano first wrote the 'II Novellino', which was a short story of secret lovers, a killing, a banishment, a helpful friar and a marriage rival. In 1530 the story was re-written by Luigi da Porta who set the story in Verona also giving the characters Italian names. 'The Tagicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet' was a poem written in 1562 by Arthur Brooke. This is where Shakespeare had taken his version of the play. Brooke's poem warns children not to disobey their parents, whereas Shakespeare's play is focused on the need for parents to listen to their children. In Act 3 scene 4 Shakespeare makes us feel sorry for Juliet by using dramatic irony. In this scene Lord Capulet is arranging the marriage between Juliet and County Paris. The dramatic irony in this scene is that whilst he is doing this he is unaware that Romeo and Juliet are married and consummating their marriage at that moment. ...read more.


Juliet is still weeping over Romeo and Lady Capulet tries to calm her down. Throughout this scene Juliet is talking about Romeo, whereas Lady Capulet thinks she is talking about Tybalt. Juliet says 'Would none but I venge my cousin's death' because she does not want any harm to come to Romeo. Lady Capulet says that she 'will give Romeo an unaccustomed dram / That he shall soon keep Tybalt company'. This is dramatic irony again because we know that Romeo dies at the end of the play. Shakespeare uses duality of meaning when Juliet says that she would mix the poison herself, but she means that she will 'temper' it, which also means to water it down. A double meaning is used again when Juliet says 'O, how may heart abors / To hear him.... come to him'. Juliet wants to be with Romeo to show him her love, whereas Lady Capulet thinks she wants to 'avenge herself on Romeo for Tybalt's death'. ...read more.


When Lord Capulet leaves Juliet begs her mother one more time to 'delay' the marriage but sadly her mother disowns her and she is left with the nurse who is her closest friend to help her. Juliet is shocked when the nurse betrays her and tells Juliet to marry Paris. Juliet would never break her vows with Romeo and is upset when the nurse who helped her get married to Romeo lets her down. Also Juliet says 'If all else fail, myself have power to die'. Overall, I think that we feel sorry for Juliet because of the dilemma she is in and we sympathise with her because it is not likely we would be faced with a problem like this in our lives. Juliet has no one left to turn to feeling very alone and we know that she loves Romeo more than anything because she would rather kill herself than break her vows to him. This makes us increasingly sorry for Juliet because if Friar Laurence cannot help her then she will commit suicide. Nadine Cardin 10RO 17/12/03 ...read more.

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