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Romeo and Juliet is a tragic story of forbidden love. The whole play from Romeo and Juliet meeting, falling in love, marriage and tragic end, all happens within five days.

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Romeo and Juliet is a tragic story of forbidden love. The whole play from Romeo and Juliet meeting, falling in love, marriage and tragic end, all happens within five days. It is a story of intense love and all consuming hatred between two families. The two families involved, the Montagues and the Capulets, despise each other. Romeo, a Montague and Juliet, a Capulet, meet at a feast and instantly fall in love. However due to the hatred between the two families we know at the beginning that their relationship is doomed and that the love story will not have a happy ending. Act three scene five is the basis of the story. It is during this act that Romeo and Juliet meet, so intense is their attraction to each other that they secretly marry the next day. The marriage alone would cause enough trouble but the situation is made worse when Tybalt, a Capulet and Juliet's cousin murders Romeo's best friend Mercutio (a Montague) Romeo takes revenge and murders Tybalt, He is caught and banished. Juliet does not know at this stage that it is her husband who has killed her cousin. During this scene Juliet's parents have been arranging her marriage to the County Paris. ...read more.

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I feel the nurse is thinking of whats best for Juliet knowing that Romeo is as good as dead because if Romeo was to return he would surely be killed but she is also thinking of her self and whats best for herself, her own position, if she sided with Romeo she would also be banished and loose her place in the capulet house hold. Marriages during Elizabethan high class families were more often than not arranged by the parents, mainly as business deals to keep wealth, land and power within certain families. The audience of this era would not be shocked by this story line, as it was normal for their time. A modern day audience would find this shocking and unfair as in today's society we are free to choose who we marry and do not need our parents consent once we reach the age of sixteen. Most marriages today are based on love not business. The Elizabethan audience would be more shocked by Juliet disobeying her parents and that she would have the courage to marry Romeo without their knowledge or consent. Females of this period were subordinate and should not have a mind of their own let alone act of their own free will. ...read more.

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Juliet feels alone thinking that the nurse was on her side and that she could confide in the nurse at this point in the scene the nurse goes to put her arm around Juliet to reassure her its for the best but Juliet disagrees and should stand to her feet and move away and sit at her dressing table this would show she feels forsaken she should stare at her reflection sticking to her own opinion "so many thousand times? Go, counsellor, thou and my bosom henceforth shall be twain. I'll to the Frair to know his remedy; if all else fail, myself have power to dies." I feel that when Shakespeare wrote this play that he told us of the pending tragedy at the beginning of the story to make us sympathise with Romeo and Juliet throughout the play. It makes the audience want things to work out for them even though they know the relationship is doomed. We find ourselves looking for someone to blame throughout the play although I felt it was easier to blame the era rather than one particular character. As for Shakespeare believing in arranged marriages; I think he didn't, reason being it is shown throughout Romeo and Juliet how arranged marriages don't work and make bad things happen. In this case Juliet runs away. Stephanie Fox ...read more.

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