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Romeo and Jullliet

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How does Shakespeare present Romeo's love in 'Romeo and Julliet'? Consider in detail at least 2 scenes in the play. Shakespeare presents Romeo's love through different devices: Language; setting; action and character. Romeo's emotions change during the play in a very sudden and abrupt way which Shakespeare uses to emphasis Romeo's character. Language and action is used to emphasise further change of Romeo's Emotions, also the use of courtly love emphasises Romeo's emotions. The over exaggerated love he expresses makes the character's emotions that little bit more defined. The play was written in 1589 and was performed in 'The Globe'. The scenes which contribute exceedingly to how Romeo's love is portrayed are Act 2 Scene 2 and Act 5 Scene 3. The prologue is a very vital part of this play and sets the scene for the audience. It also gives insight into the type of play it is. The first obvious part of the prologue is that it is a sonnet. A sonnet is most usually associated with romance and love which is the theme/genre of the play. It helps build tension as Shakespeare shows us what drama the play will include and indulge us in. The effect this has on the audience is a sense of intrigue to know how the play will be formed and shown. ...read more.


This engages the audience more and they begin to ponder where the story where lead them to. Finally when Romeo and Juliet speak to each other it is in the form of a sonnet which makes us immediately think of love and romance. Shakespeare uses this form to emphasis the connection of the two characters, both for the audience but also for the actors playing the roles. In the sonnet Shakespeare chooses to use the image of religion as he wants to show how much Romeo thinks he feels for Juliet and Juliet consents with this imagery as she responds in a similar manner. The use of religious imagery shows that Romeo and Juliet (mostly Romeo) see this love as sacred and holy. Images such as 'holy palmers kiss; my lips two blushing pilgrims; saints have hands that pilgrims do touch.' They all involve intense contact and displays of affection. This can indicate that Romeo is still using the convections of courtly love because he elevates Juliet to a ''saint'' that is too false to be true love. True love shouldn't need to be highly imagerized because real love is shown through simple ways. In Act 2 Scene 2, Shakespeare uses a soliloquy for Romeo because it has great effect in order to express personal thoughts and emotions for the audience who can clearly see how he feels. ...read more.


Whether it to do with Love or hate. In conclusion, I think that Shakespeare presents Romeo's love as detailed and complex thing. At first he is fickle and thinks he knows love but towards the end true love is show to him through Juliet. Shakespeare shows this through his excessive dramatization of his words. ''she hath forsworn to love, and in that vow do I live dead.'' Shakespeare also presents Romeo's love very close to a connection of violence. Romeo's love is regularly closely followed behind the theme of it. For example: Tybalt notices Romeo has crashed the Capulet's party, and vows to kill him as soon as Romeo first catches a glance at Juliet and falls in Love with her. The audience will have picked up on this and would have seen the contrast at that time. Shakespeare uses this technique of contrasting to emphasise and make Romeo's love more dramatic and exaggerated. The image and involvement of love and violence is also seen when Romeo threatens to kill himself in Act 3 Scene III in the presence of Friar Lawrence, which Juliet then later does in Act 4 Scene I. Shakespeare repeatedly keeps Romeo's love very close to violence to make sure that the audience see this dramatization of his love. The ever-changing and complex growth of Romeo's love keeps the audience captivated and involved in the entire play. Shakespeare does this very effectively. By Tobi Adegboye 101G ...read more.

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