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Romeo and Juliet is a play about contrast.

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GCSE Shakespeare Coursework Assignment 'Romeo And Juliet' William Shakespeare was born on 26th April 1564, he was an English playwright and poet. During his lifetime, Shakespeare was well-known to people in England, but he was looked upon only as a writer of popular plays. He wrote his plays to suit the kind of audience that would be watching them. William's Shakespeare father, John Shakespeare, was a glove maker who owned a shop in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon. William Shakespeare's mother was born Mary Arden. William Shakespeare was the third of eight children. He got married to Anne Hathaway when he was 18, they had 2 girls and a boy. Shakespeare was educated at the Stratford grammar school which had been demanding, dull, and strict. In 1585 shakespeare left stratford for london and there he started writing plays. There was a plague in 1593, when all the theatres were closed. From 1594 to 1608, Shakespeare was fully involved in the London theatre world. In addition to his duties as a shareholder and actor in the Lord Chamberlain's Men, he wrote an average of almost two plays a year for his company. In 1599, Shakespeare and six associates became owners of the Globe theatre, a new outdoor theatre in the London suburb of Southwark. ...read more.

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They seek help from Friar Lawrence and the nurse so that their famalies don't find out that they are in love. Romeo doubts his love for Rosaline bacause when he saw Juliet for the first time he instantly fell in love and he says "For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." Also Juliet feels differently about Paris then to what she feels for Romeo. When Juliet discovers that Romeo is a Montague she says "My only love sprung from my only hate" Romeo and Juliet are so much in love that they cant wait to get married. The only problem is that if their families find out they are going to be in trouble so they seek help from Friar Lawrence and the nurse to get married privately. We many times come to find out that Romeo and Juliet feel for each other is real love. Romeo wants to meet Juliet even when his live is in danger this show how muchhe loves and cares about Juliet. Juliet says "If they do see thee, they will murder thee." Romeo says "Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye Than twenty of their swords: look thou but sweet, And I am proof against their enmity." Romeo even tries to make friend with the members of the Montagues like Tyblt. ...read more.

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The prince doesn't sentence Romeo to death but banishes because Tybalt had killed Mercutio who was the prince's cousin and Romeo was just getting revenge. Private scenes are mainly between Romeo and Juliet because no one else knows they love each other apart from Friar Lawrence and the nurse. Example in Act 1 Scene 2 where Romeo and Juliet make love for each other near Juliets Balcony. An even more private scene is Act 3 Scene 5 in Juliets bedroom. Romeo says "Let me be ta'en, let me be put to death; I am content, so thou wilt have it so." Romeo doesn't care if he is discovered. This scene is in contrast with Act 3 Scene 1 because it doesn't show hate but it shows love. Act 5 Scene 3 is both public and Private. The beginning scene is private because Romeo is alsone with Juliet in the tomb. After their suicides their story is brought out in public and it becomes a public knowledge. Romeo and Juliet is a play about contrast. I have explored many contrast which are Love and Hate, Lightness and Darkness and private and public. I have shown how Shakespeare uses language to help his audience imagine feelings and emotions. Shakespeare knew what his audience wanted. He wanted them to enjoy his plays and wanted to show how contrast can destroy a society and also wanted to make them think. ...read more.

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