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"Romeo and Juliet" continues to have as much relevance for a modern day audience as it did in Shakespeare's time. It is an enduring play of love triumphing over hatred. Do you agree?

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework "Romeo and Juliet" continues to have as much relevance for a modern day audience as it did in Shakespeare's time. It is an enduring play of love triumphing over hatred. Do you agree? Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous love stories of all time. The play focuses on two fourteen year olds who come from two different families. The two families have been big rivals with each other for many years: Juliet comes from the Capulet family and Romeo comes from the Montague family. In Elizabethan time, it would be acceptable to marry at fourteen years of age. In the modern society, it is illegal to marry (without parental consent) until eighteen years of age. I do not know if it was normal to get married so quickly (in Romeo's case, just a day after meeting Juliet) in Elizabethan time, but nowadays most couples wait until they have been both together for at least a year. Another aspect to early marriage in Elizabethan time is that the life expectancy was only about sixty years old, compared to about seventy years old in the twenty first century. The audience learn that if two people are so madly in love then nothing or no one will stand in their way of their love. They are so filled with love for each other that they ignore their family's differences and decide to get married. ...read more.

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In act 3 scene 2, we see Juliet using soliloquy; in a speech to herself, she explains how she longs to be with her Romeo and how she wants the night to come soon so that she will be able to see him e.g. "for day to pass and night to come". She does this by using imagery; she does this by telling us what she will do when she sees her Romeo e.g. "Give me my Romeo. And I will die". Juliet also uses a lot of commands to tell the audience what she wants, in one line particularly she uses the word come three times: " Come night! Come, Romeo! Come thou day in night". So, she is explaining how she wants day to finish and night to come and how she wants to be beside her Romeo. She uses comparisons in her speech to compare some of the most meaningful things to her e.g.: she describes the night as, black-brow'd and her love for Romeo as big as a mansion. Juliet uses the colour black a lot, she describes black as the night e.g. "come, civil night, thou sober - suited matron, all in black". But in contrast she uses white to describe the wings of the night: "whiter than new snow on a raven's back". Then in act 3 scene 5, she finds out that Romeo must be banished from Verona by the next morning. ...read more.

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The only time Romeo shows this is when he kills Tybalt to avenge Mercutio's death. In the twenty first century, there is not the elements of tragedy of love in this day. Evidence of this is the increase of divorces and less and less people are getting married. So, this shows not many couples are as passionate for each other as Romeo and Juliet. In a situation where a loved one has died, in the twenty first century I do not think many people would then commit suicide because of a death of a loved one. This shows that the love for each other in this society is not as passionate as it was in the Elizabethan times. Our emotions are played with during the play effectively by Shakespeare, he creates the emotion by shifting scenes from love to hatred, to love etc... This effectively gets the audience very tense and "on the edge of their chair". The whole play revolves round act 3 scene 1. The build up of Romeo and Juliet's love for each other builds up in the first two scenes: the first meeting is when the two have the conversation at Juliet's house. Than at scene three the "tables turn" and the decision to kill Tybalt affects the play. As soon as Romeo kills Tybalt, then his life becomes a tragedy and a downfall. Romeo being banished from Verona, Romeo thinks that Juliet is dead (but actually she has took sleeping potion to trick her family) then kills himself because he cannot face life without his beloved Juliet. ...read more.

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