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Romeo And Juliet: Compare Act 1 Scene 1 With Act 3 Scene 1

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Romeo & Juliet: Compare Act 1 Scene 1 with Act 3 Scene 1 Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, is a tale of love and tragedy. Admired by most scholars due to its themes of love, courtship and marriage with poetic qualities, Shakespeare had written this play in the early stages of his career most likely between 1954 and 1955. Romeo and Juliet is known as a tragedy, for first impressions it is evident that something tragic will happen in its course but is given a comedic side to it, also at the time he had written other comedies such as "Love's Labour's Lost" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream". "Romeo and Juliet" which is about an age-old quarrel between two households in Verona, Capulets and Montagues, where two young star-crossed lovers are from each family. The two marry in secret and with the calamity, distress and tragedy on-going, they both commit suicide in despair which in course ends this feud between the houses. Act 1 Scene 1 and Act 3 Scene 1 are, all in all, similar. The structure rarely has noticeable differences and shares the same scenario with a different twist. ...read more.

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This mirrors Romeo as he is still emotionally tormented by his unreturned love for Rosaline, so Shakespeare regarded him as a Petrarchan. This also happens in Act 3 Scene 1, but is abruptly interrupted by the death of his dear friend Mercutio. Shakespeare chooses language that reflects youthful thoughts of romance. Romeo describes his state of mind through a series of oxymorons blending the joys of love with the emotional anguish of unreturned love: "O brawling love, O loving hate." Here he can express such extreme emotions for a woman he barely knows, which puts in practice both his immaturity and his potential for deeper love. It gives the idea to me that Romeo is more interested in the concept of being in love rather than actually loving someone. As the play progresses Romeo's use of language escalates into rhyme and sonnet, his expressions sound more genuine rather than like a poem learned by rote. Shakespeare elevates Romeo's language as he elevates Romeo's love for Juliet. "Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast, which thou wilt propagate, to have it prest". ...read more.

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As each scene ends with the Prince's speech, he is much more emotionally aggravated as he has lost Mercutio, his dear relative, to the blade of a "Capel". At first, he is less disciplinary with the brawl in the first scene but now after being connected into this more significant "war" by losing a loved one, has favored Romeo, the avenger of Mercutio, by then giving him a punishment, ironically seems as a reward by letting him keep his life, of banishment to Verona. To conclude, as I stated before that both scenes share indifferent scenarios but with different twists. In Act 1 Scene 1: Romeo is stricken by his unrequited love for Rosaline; kinsmen of each household are in the midst of battle; Mercutio is humorous and careless; Benvolio is still acting in accordance to his name; the quarrel between Montagues and Capulets is still on-going. Now for Act 3 Scene 1: Romeo is again "stricken" but by newly found love Juliet; kinsmen of each household are still in battle; Mercutio is still humorous and careless; Benvolio is still acting in accordance to his name; the quarrel between Montagues and Capulets is still on-going. So by and large my argued opinion is to a certain extent correct. ...read more.

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