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Romeo and Juliet is a highly dramatic love story written by William Shakespeare in 1597

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Shakespeare Assignment Romeo and Juliet is a highly dramatic love story written by William Shakespeare in 1597, the Elizabethan era. At this time in England women had no social or political power, men controlled women totally. Women were domestic servants and were left to bring up the children. The story of Romeo and Juliet is about two families, Capulet and Montague, Juliet being a Capulet and Romeo a Montague. The two families hate each other, there is a huge family feud between them, and Romeo and Juliet fall in love and get married without anyone knowing apart from Juliet's caring Nurse, this follows on to cause a lot of trouble. Shakespeare adapted this story from Ovid's Metamorphoses, who was a writer from Rome. Shakespeare chose place a fight at the beginning to emphasise that the play is about hatred. Shakespeare also wanted to make the audience feel emotions to foreground the play. Shakespeare wants the audience to know that there is a lot of anger between the two families. At the beginning the servants start the fight because they are not as important as the family. ...read more.


The dramatic irony is that the audience know that Romeo is related to Tybalt and that is why he wont fight. When Mercutio is stabbed he says " A plague o both your houses, which means his angry at both Romeo and Tybalt, he has cursed their houses. Also, in this scene Romeo kills Tybalt. The audience know that Tybalt is his wife's cousin, Romeo and Tybalt are related, although Tybalt did not know this. We also know that Romeo will be in trouble for killing Tybalt, Romeo is then banished. In this scene Capulet thinks that Juliet is crying because Tybalt has died, but that is not true, because Juliet is crying because Romeo has been banished. Capulet tries to comfort Juliet but what would that do if they were both sad about two different things. Juliet says of her marriage "I have bought the mansion of love but not possessed it, and though I am sold, not get enjoyed. This coincides with later on in the play, her father calls her a "baggage" this signifies that she is property to be bought and sold. ...read more.


The language of love used in this scene really does express the feelings felt by Romeo and Juliet, Romeo describes Juliet " the brightness of her cheek would shame those stars", he compares Juliet with some of the beautiful things in the world, and Romeo sees Juliet as an angel. Romeo loved Juliet at first sight, Juliet would be willing to give up her name to be with Romeo forever, " and I'll no longer be a Capulet. There is a connection between this scene and act 1 scene 1 when Romeo is rejected by Rosalyn, there is a lot of language of war used by Romeo "A right good marksman" words used are associated with war, "well armed, siege, encounter, target, cupids arrow. The ending in Romeo and Juliet is highly dramatic and sad for some people. It is also very frustrating because Romeo sees Juliet lying down thinking she is dead, so Romeo sitting by Juliet drinks the poison and just about as Romeo is going to die. Juliet wakes up, as her poison has wore off, they both look to each other as Romeo dies, Juliet then kills herself. Sean Murphy- Romeo & Juliet. ...read more.

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