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"Romeo and Juliet" is a tragic love story famous for it structure and use of language in the play. The play is set in "Verona Italy".

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SHAKESPEARES ROMEO AND JULIET "Romeo and Juliet" is a tragic love story famous for it structure and use of language in the play. The play is set in "Verona Italy". The play is about to families equal in most ways who had a grudge for a very long time "from ancient grudge break to new mutiny". Throughout the story "Shakespeare" doesn't give any indication of how the grudge started, he only clearly says that the families had a grudge at the beginning of the play in the prologue, which Shakespeare would reed to the audience of the play. The two families' names are CAPULATE and MONTEGUE. The story begins a prologue which was set out as a sonnet with an iambic pentameter which Shakespeare used to summarize the story. The play starts with a street brawl between the servants of the two families in the markets of Verona. Shakespeare started the first few lines with a pun "Gregory, on my word, will not carry coals. No, for then we should be colliers. I mean, and we be in cholar, we'll draw." Shakespeare used three words in three consecutive lines which sound the same but have different meanings. This is a pun (play on words), the play has many puns and sonnets, some sonnets are also written with an iambic pentameter. Shakespeare has an amazing capability of being able to have all these sounds in his head and be able to write a sentence which makes absolute sense and have exactly ten syllables at the same time. ...read more.

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Tybalt accompanied with a few of his friends comes across Benvolio and Mercutio. Tybalt asks to speak to one of them but angered by Tybalts demand and starts ridiculing him "Consort! What, dost thou make us minstrels? An thou make minstrels of us, look to hear nothing but discords: here's my fiddlestick; here's that shall make you dance. Zounds, consort!". Romeo enters the scene, Tybalt turns his attention to Romeo and challenges him to a bout, but Romeo declines, telling him he has good reason to love him "I do protest I never injur'd thee; But love thee better than thou canst devise Till thou shalt know the reason of my love: And so good Capulet,-which name I tender As dearly as mine own,-be satisfied". Mercutio is very angered and annoyed by Romeo's decline to Tybalts challenge and says that he will challenge Tybalt in Romeos place. Mercutio draws his sword fights Tybalt. Romeo jumps in the middle of the dulling pair to restore peace but Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo's arm. Mercutio dies cursing the two families blaming them for his death "A plague o'both your houses" he also says while still pouring blood "Ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man". Mercutio said "grave man" which has two meanings, the first is serious and the second is grave. ...read more.

Conclusion

Friar Lawrence gave her a potion that would make her appear to be dead. If she is dead she will be laid in the family's crypt and Romeo would retrieve her when she is alone. That night when she returned home she learned that she was getting married the following day, she decided to drink the potion. The nurse discovered her believing that she is dead. The next morning she was laid in the crypt according to the plan. Friar Lawrence's letter explaining the plan to Romeo never reached him and he only hears that Juliet is dead. He decides to take his own life rather than live without Juliet, he buy a poison from an Apothecary and makes his way to Juliet's crypt. This shows the level of love that Romeo had for Juliet. When he gets to Juliet's crypt he finds Paris scattering flowers on Juliet's crypt. Romeo kills Paris and finds Juliet lifeless. Soon after Juliet wakes to find Romeo dead, at the same time Friar Lawrence enters the crypt. He hears the watch coming; he tries to persuade Juliet to live with him. She kisses Romeos poisoned lips but she didn't die so she sinks his dagger into her heart. The watch arrives followed by the Prince, Capulate and Montegue. Montegue announces that lady Montegue has died of grief seeing their children dead side by side. Capulate and Montegue declare that the feud has ended. Gold statues of Romeo and Juliet are placed in a newly peaceful "newly peaceful" Verona. THE END ...read more.

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