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Romeo and Juliet essay 'Romeo and Juliet' is a love story, set in Verona in the 16th century. It tells of the tragic tale of two star crossed lovers. 'Star crossed' meaning that they are destined to be together by the stars and also meaning that there paths will cross in a unfortunate way, this is also to say that fate controls them, its not just the audience that are aware of this, the characters are also very much aware of this, Romeo and Juliet consistently see omens. At the beginning of the prologue Shakespeare emphasises the word civil: ' Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.' This is ironic as they often engage in civil wars and shed 'civil blood'. In this play Shakespeare demonstrates the significance that opposite feelings and emotions play in life. The love story is played out against a background of hatred, violence and aggression. Shakespeare illustrates various forms of love for example the type of love Romeo and Juliet have for each other which is as true deep and passionate, balancing out all aspects of true love including, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Where-as Romeo and Rosaline's love was an unreturned love. Before we met Romeo or Juliet we knew about them. We overhear her dad and paris arranging the marriage and we hear montague talking about romeo being inlove with Rosaline: Many a morning hath he there been seen, With tears augmenting the fresh morning dew, Adding to clouds more clouds with his deep ...read more.


He uses a effective metaphor to describe to us how 'hot' the party is: "more lights, you knaves;and turn the tables up, And quench the fire, the room is grown too hot" Near the end of his speech he cools down the atmosphere to focus on him and second capulet: "Ah sirrah, this unlook'd-for sport comes well. Nay,sit,nah,sit,good cousin Capulet For you and I are past our dancing days" He uses the metaphor earlier on to describe how hot the room is, later he 'cools' down the room/party to focus on him. If it was a scene on a film the camera would zoom into him and all the background noise would go. I think Shakespeare uses all these techniques effectively. Romeo's speech is different to Capulet's because Romeo speaks in romantic rhyme whereas Capulet speaks in Verse. They are both effective for there own purpose, Romeo speaking in romantic rhyme really emphasises the fact he's in love. It shows exactly how much he is in love. Romeo uses the beautiful metaphor "It seems she hangs on the cheek of night" When Romeo sees Juliet he speaks about her, using metaphor again: "She doth teach the torches to burn bright". This tells us that Juliet's beauty is much brighter than that of the torches - so she is very beautiful. She is so much brighter that she teaches the torches how to shine - a poetic exaggeration, since torches can't really be taught. ...read more.


The feelings between Romeo and Juliet are expressed in a sonnet. The shared sonnet between Romeo and Juliet are full of religious overtones. Their formal use of language has a dignified pace and stresses the purity and sincerity of their love for each other. Romeo's language is still a little forced and exaggerated and he has not yet completely shaken off his somewhat studied manner, meaning that like Juliet said 'you kiss by the book' he isn't being natural. The duet between Romeo and Juliet is in sonnet form and its use of religious words isolates the characters from the rest of the scene and its bustling activity. We can't be completely sure but Shakespeare makes Romeo seem more in love with Juliet which makes Rosaline just seem like an infatuation. Romeo and Juliet's fantasy is shaken when they realise that they are from the family's enemy. Both Romeo and Juliet react almost the same, both shaken to find out that the other is from the family enemy. Juliet finds this out by asking the nurse who various gentlemen are not to make it obvious that she like Romeo. Juliet makes an ironic comment 'My grave is like to be my wedding bed' this quotes her future. Juliet is very upset that her one love is from the enemy 'My only love sprung from my only hate'. Shakespeare has made this a tension high point, he leaving the audience anxious of what's going to happen. ?? ?? ?? ?? Kiri Signora May 2005 ...read more.

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