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Romeo and Juliet Coursework

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework - Tom Cornall It is undeniable that William Shakespeare makes Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 3 Scene 1 supremely dramatic and exciting for his audience. Given that at its time of writing, Shakespeare had at his disposal few dramatic tools other than costume, the quality of his actors and most importantly, language, it is imperative that these scenes entice and excite the audience through action and word. Act 1 Scene 5 is crucial to the plays existence because Romeo sees Juliet for the first time and immediately falls in love with her. Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, recognising a Montague, wants to start a fight, but Capulet restrains him. Romeo and Juliet talk together. As the guests are leaving, Juliet questions Nurse about the unknown young man. Act 3 Scene 1 is in contrast to the happy, romantic mood of Act 1 Scene 5, because this is the scene where Mercutio, outraged when Romeo refuses Tybalt's challenge, draws his own sword, and in the fighting that follows both he and Tybalt are killed. Romeo is then banished from Verona. This scene may seem more dramatic than Act 1 Scene 5, but is in fact just as dramatic and crucial to the outcome of the play in a different way. ...read more.

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clear the point that Romeo and Juliet are interwoven in love and war, being on opposing sides of the conflict between the two families. Some examples of these rhyming couplets are; "Have saints not lips, and holy palmers too? Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer. O then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do: they pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair." This is a good example of a rhyming couplet that emphasises the drama of this scene, and also the analogy that is used for lips, Romeo and Juliet are talking about lips as if they were hands, being held together, i.e. kissing. The line, "They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair" is saying that they should kiss, or his love for her will turn to despair. Shakespeare makes this scene even more dramatic when Nurse comes in and says, "Madam, your mother craves a word with you.". this is important because Romeo and Juliet were in the middle of kissing, and were interrupted, which could be an analogy for the whole play; interrupted love. Nearing the end of the scene, Juliet makes her feelings for Romeo clear as she says to Nurse, "Go ask his name.-If he be married, my grave is like to be my wedding bed.". ...read more.

Conclusion

Benvolio then tells Romeo to "stand not amaz'd, the Prince will doom thee to death, if thou art taken." Which is telling Romeo that if he stays in Verona, and is captured for the death of Tybalt, he will be sentenced to death by the Prince of Verona. However, if Romeo were to leave Verona, he would never see his one true love, Juliet, ever again. One of the finishing lines of this scene is read by Prince, and basically sentences Romeo to a life outside of Verona, "Romeo slew him, he slew Mercutio; Who now the price of his dear blood doth owe?". That line confirms Romeo's worst fears: that he has been banished from Verona, and from seeing Juliet. It is saying that Romeo killed Tybalt, and Tybalt killed Mercutio, who does he owe his blood to? Which means, what shall we do about this? "Let Romeo hence in haste, else, when he is found, that hour is his last. Bear hence this body, and attend our will: Mercy but murders, pardoning those who kill." These are the last lines of Act 3 Scene1, and they are the closing, powerful lines that roughly read: Romeo you must leave at once, or if you are found in Verona again, you will be killed. Which is heartbreaking for Romeo as he cannot see Juliet again, but also heartbreaking for Juliet as she can never lay eyes upon her beloved Romeo again. 31/3/2008 Page 1 ...read more.

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