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"Romeo and Juliet" is a story of love's battle to prevail. It epitomises all thatculture, modern or otherwise, believes true love to be. Shakespeare

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Romeo and Juliet coursework "Romeo and Juliet" is a story of love's battle to prevail. It epitomises all that culture, modern or otherwise, believes true love to be. Shakespeare wants to create a love so strong, between two people, that sacrifices on their part become a formality, where they once would have been unthinkable. Hostility and sexual undertones throughout the play are the tools used to construct this tension of opposites and the foundation on which they are built stems from Act one Scene One. The first point of note in concurrence with the prior statement is just twenty lines in. The character Sampson says, "When I have fought with the men, I will be cruel with the maids, I will cut off their heads". Already a mood of sexual aggression is created as Shakespeare strives to create a society of civil unrest. Opposites are used everywhere. The first of this is the love-hate relationship. The love is initially portrayed on a cheaper, sexual level through street language - the hate through threats and insulting gestures at first, then, the biting of thumbs and the drawing of swords. This is pitted against a lovesick Romeo. His shallow love or infatuation for Rosaline, though a low - level love, is nevertheless, still a love, of sorts. ...read more.


As parents they hope for the same for their daughter because it has worked for them. Compliance with parental wishes was the custom of the time. Judging by modern standards, a lack of respect for women is evident. The male is the head of the household. He speaks to women in whatever terms he pleases: "Peace, you mumbling fool! Utter your gravity o'er a gossip's bowl, for here we need it not" (to the nurse) "Hang thee young baggage, disobedient wretch!" ( to Juliet) The central drama arises from Juliet's challenge to the status quo in refusing to marry Paris and disobeying her parents. The mother - daughter relationship is one of the strongest bonds in humankind. No bond exists however between Juliet and her mother. The maternal side of Juliet's early years was attended to by the nurse, not Juliet's mother. "Tis since the earthquake now eleven years and she was weaned I shall never forget it". Having lost her own daughter 'Susan', it is clear that Juliet has become the nurse's replacement daughter. However, another side of this coin exists. Juliet's mother , wishes to marry off Juliet aged 13, just as she was, " I was your mother much upon these years" , in order to have a life of her own. ...read more.


"You are to blame, my lord, to rate her so." She does also however display perverse intentions when she makes unsuitably suggestive remarks about Paris and Romeo earlier in the play. "Romeo? No, not he, though his face be better than any man's" and " An eagle madam, hath not so green, so quick, so fair an eye as Paris hath. Beshrew my very heart." When she finds Juliet in her false state of death she finds place for the phrase "God forgive me" within her speech. She is evidently aware of her part in what she believes to be the suicide of Juliet. She feels she has allowed her personal intrigue to interfere with Juliet's best interests at best, at worst, she has been a contributory factor in her death. The end of the play shows us lessons learnt the hard way. Two families, feeling the same senses of grief, understanding each other's plight, make their peace. A statue is erected, perhaps an attempt to prevent any reoccurrence. The Prince sums up " a glooming peace this morning with it brings; the sun for sorrow will not show his head. Go hence, to talk more of these sad things. Some shall be pardoned and some punished; for never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo". Age is not a factor in learning and the actions of children in this case, teach the older generation profoundly. ...read more.

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