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Romeo And Julliet

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Introduction

Owen Taylor "Romeo & Juliet" 8th May 2007 The tension is embryonic throughout the play. The play is set in Italy, which is associated with love, passion and romance so the play has a romantic essence about it immediately Without delay you are thrust amongst the discontent between the two families' it emerges "it is a feverish July" which builds up tension, and anger when the Montague's and Capulet's are combating in the streets. "Throw your mistempered weapons to the ground and hear the sentences of you're moved" the Prince is amplifying to everyone involved that this excessive fighting is not permissible and if it were to persist then the consequences would be austere. The fight itself was started by Sampson & Gregory "I strike quickly being moved" said Sampson "but thou art not quickly moved to strike" replied Gregory which then inflamed into a huge fracas amid the two families and its employees. The use of short, sharp sentences before the prince's arrival manages to further increase the tension. The prince of Verona soon arrives to break up the conflict. Yet more tension and in this case excitement is built up, as you don't know what the punishment will be. The prince then ends your misery and says, " Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace." ...read more.

Middle

This helps build up tension in the play. The reader is then left in suspense leaving them wondering whether this will spell the end for the couple. Friar Lawrence hopes that the marriage will be a positive thing and is the one who convinces the couple to get married. He hopes that "two houses both alike in dignity" will learn to live together and not apart. Friar Lawrence rushes the pair into marriage despite saying to Romeo "wisely and slow, they stumble that run fast." This builds up tension further in the audience. This also shows how friar Lawrence has contradictory views telling Romeo to do things slowly before marrying them in a rush. This scene adds a great deal of instability and security into the play. The two young lovers are to get married by two adults, who think that this will resolve the problems between the two houses but the audience however know that this will only make relationships between the two houses worse. Shakespeare gives us very little time to embrace and enjoy Romeo and Juliet's romance before Romeo is yet again involved in another street brawl with Tybalt. Romeo tries to befriend Tybalt but Tybalt refuses. Tybalt asks Romeo to fight but to his great surprise Romeo declines. ...read more.

Conclusion

The pair killed themselves because of forbidden love. Paris's body is found and the friar is very nervous about this. If he had not of married the couple they would not be in this situation. If he had got his message to Mantuna quick enough Romeo and Juliet would still be alive. Had he not left the chamber Juliet would not of killed herself. The actions of him had caused the death of many people. At the end Shakespeare gives a moral to the play. The prince of Verona asks everyone to tell him what has happened and ends the play by saying, "some shall be pardoned, and some shall be punished. For never was a story of more woe than this of Romeo and Juliet" This adds to the tension yet more because the audience is left wondering who will be punished for this. Should friar Lawrence or the nurse be punished? Lawrence was only trying to bring the pair together and had hoped this would resolve the conflict between the Montague's and Capulet's. The friar and the nurse allowed the marriage to go ahead despite knowing the consequences. They were both adults and should of taken the prince's warning into consideration. Lady Capulet had made up her mind that Juliet was to marry Paris, which didn't help the cause either. This story of lust and passion ended in tragedy. The tension builds up throughout the play until the death of Romeo and Juliet. By Owen Taylor ...read more.

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