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Romeo and Juliet; love, haste and contrasts.

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Romeo and Juliet; love, haste and contrasts. In this assignment, I will be looking at the play of Romeo and Juliet. I will analyse how Shakespeare has used language in the play for symbolic effect. I will observe on how Shakespeare has presented love and the way in which Romeo and Juliet talk to each other, I shall decide whether their love was real and talk about their parents contrasting views and opinions. I will also comment on the plays relevance today and see how Shakespeare has used dramatic devices and structures to enhance the conversation between the young lovers. Throughout the play there is a constant theme of love and fate, I shall analyse this theme and show how it affects Romeo and Juliet. An important scene is the Capulet's ball where Romeo and Juliet first meet. This shows their love-at-first-sight and can be interpreted into many different ways. In Act 1 scene 5, Baz Luhrmann's modern film version presents Romeo and Juliet first seeing each other through a tropical fish tank. This is a very effective way of showing how they met, Romeo and Juliet didn't understand the quarrelling between their families but they were caught up in ...read more.


Therefore, her beauty will be in her coffin after a short enjoyment and will never fade, along with their everlasting love; without realising, Romeo has referred to Juliet's fate that the audience are already aware of from the prologue. This saddens the atmosphere by showing how fate is inevitable, we are unable to do anything although we want to, the audience know that it is going to end in tragedy, but Romeo and Juliet cannot see this. When Romeo and Juliet first meet, they use religious imagery when talking to describe their feelings: 'And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss,' 'Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too?' 'Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.' 'O then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do; They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.' Their witty language is light-hearted and they both pick at each other's words then twist the meanings, they do this in a friendly manner but at the same time coaxing the other into more flirtatious 'sweet-talk'. When Romeo says 'grant thou', he asks for Juliet's permission for them to kiss and this shows his courteous manners. ...read more.


From the beginning, they were branded 'star-crossed lovers'; it was fate that drew them to each other, without knowing they were from feuding families. 'Two star-crossed lovers take their lives' is the ultimate symbol of the futility of conflict, the price is so ultimate because of Romeo and Juliet's innocence. They did not make the feud happen, they did not understand the quarrelling and yet they were caught up in it. The real impact is when the two fathers shake hands at the end, once their children are dead. This makes the fighting seem so pointless and futile, and so wrong that Romeo and Juliet were dragged into it merely because of their names. Shakespeare teaches a valuable lesson in Romeo & Juliet, he has shown us the price paid for hasty love. He reveals how blissful and happy love can be, while also showing us the dangers of allowing love to go to far. Love in moderation is heavenly, but taking it too far results in madness, and in the end, pain. Though written 500 years ago, it still carries a message that is still applicable to today's youth. ...read more.

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