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Romeo and Juliet GCSE Coursework

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ENGLISH COURSEWORK: ROMEO AND JULIET ESSAY The tragic play called "Romeo and Juliet" was written by William Shakespeare. The play was produces at about 1595. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford upon Avon in April, 1564. He was the third child of john Shakespeare and Mary Arden. In December, 1582, William Shakespeare marries Ann Hathaway. Their first child was baptized on May 6th 1583 and twins, Hamnet and Judith, on Friday 22nd 1585. Not very much is known about William Shakespeare only that he wrote around 40 plays. "Romeo and Juliet" is still relevant today because nowadays there is a lot of romantic and teenage love. Some people would be interested in reading this play. In this essay I will be summarising the play, talking about arranged marriages, love, giving the views of Juliet, Capulet, Lady Capulet and the Nurse. I will also be talking about the theatre that Shakespeare used for Romeo and Juliet. The plays of Shakespeare, during his lifetime, were performed in stages in private theatres, provincial theatres and playhouses. His plays were acted out in the yards of inns and in the great halls of the London Inns of court. The Globe Theatre is the most well known theatre that is to do with Shakespeare. The theatre that was used for "Romeo and Juliet" was the Fortune Theatre. ...read more.

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(Romeo to Juliet) The love between Lady Capulet and Juliet is motherly love. The love between them is not very strong though. The way Juliet says madam instead of mother doesn't sound very love like. "Madam I am here, what is your will?" (Juliet to Lady Capulet) Nurse loves Juliet as if she were her own daughter. She took up the job of raising Juliet because her own daughter had died. The relationship between Nurse and Juliet is more like motherly love. Juliet responds to Nurse as if she were her own mother. "And saint thou too, I play thee Nurse, say I." (Juliet to Nurse) The love between Capulet and Lady Capulet is married love. They stand by each other, helping each other out. They make the decisions together, but maybe not for the setting up of Juliet's arranged marriage. Capulet and lady Capulet also have arguments, like in the setting up of Juliet's arranged marriage. This also shows married love because most married couples tend to argue sometimes. The opinion of love has changed a lot. It is much different now than how it was in Shakespeare's time. In Shakespeare's time love was seen as an extremely serious matter. There was a lot of "true love" around. "True love" is like the love between Romeo and Juliet, how they would die for each other and how they cannot live without each other. ...read more.

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She doesn't like to see a mother that doesn't know her own child even though she lives with her. At the start of act three scene five, Nurse warns Juliet that her mother is coming. This adds to the dramatic tension. "Your lady mother is coming to your chamber, the day is broke, be wary, look about." (Nurse to Juliet) At the start of the scene she doesn't mind Juliet being with Romeo, but then later on in the scene she tells Juliet not to marry Romeo and to be with Paris instead. "I think I best you married with the County, O he's a lovely gentleman." (Nurse to Juliet) Nurses views on Juliet's marriage change throughout the play, she first thinks its okay for Juliet to marry Romeo, but she then changes her mind to saying its better to marry Paris. I think she does this because she doesn't want to see Juliet in any more trouble so she should take the easy way out, which is to marry Paris. Altogether, I think this play is very dramatic. Act three scene five is a very dramatic scene because there is argument, anger and shouting, this is all because of two star-crossed lovers that were not destined to be with each other but fell in love anyway. That's what an audience wants. Just thinking that this play was written in Shakespeare's time while reading it, makes it feel dramatic and exciting. ?? ?? ?? ?? ALI MOHSEN ...read more.

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