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Romeo & Juiet - Love and hate

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English Coursework Romeo and Juliet By Charlotte Green 10GL Romeo and Juliet is a story based on the polarities of love and hate. The feud between two families and the love between Romeo and Juliet. Before the Banquet scene there is a fight between the Montague's and Capulet's which was started by an "airy word" which means something insignificant, however Romeo, one of the main characters of the play, wasn't present at the fight. At the banquet Romeo meets Juliet for the first time and falls deeply in love with her, instantly forgetting about an earlier obsession with a lady named Rosaline. At the start of the play the audience are introduced to the character Romeo, who seems to be very much in love with "the idea of being in love." In the first scene we don't see Romeo and therefore want to see the rest of the play to find out what he is like. When we see Romeo for the first time he is alone, walking slowly by some woods. When Romeo first speaks he speaks in riddles. These riddles are known as Paradox's and Oxymoron's. These are sentences or two consecutive words that contradict each other in an intriguing way. ...read more.

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In Shakespearean times white was associated with purity and goodness where as black was associated with darkness and evil. As well as compliments through out, the play also contains many insults from many characters and not just between rival families. In the party scene Tybalt spots Romeo and without Romeo's knowledge calls him a "villain" and a "slave." Back in Shakespearian times these were very powerful insults as connotations of the word "slave" can be poor and not civilised, as most slaves were immigrants and they weren't respected. As well as calling Romeo a "slave" Tybalt refers to Romeo as a "villain" which means evil. After refusing to endure Romeo, Capulet is furious and begins insulting Tybalt, who is his son, using insults such as "you are a Princecox-go" implying Tybalt is an insolent and disobedient young man. Another insult Capulet uses is "What, Goodman, boy." Meaning Tybalt is an unmannerly boy. By repeatedly referring to Tybalt as a boy Capulet is challenging Tybalt's masculinity which angers Tybalt and makes him furious. Later on in the play, in Act 3, Scene 1, Tybalt insults Romeo to his face and calls him a "villain" again. ...read more.

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a pink spotlight and the others in a dimmed background or have them forward on the stage and the others using slow motion in the background to indicate the main activity is Romeo and Juliet speaking and that they are the most important people in the scene. As well as his actions being different, his language is completely the opposite. In the party scene, when Romeo first speaks to Juliet he uses religious imagery, such as calling her a "holy shrine." This would have been a large compliment to Juliet as they were all very religious no matter what class. Also a shrine was a place of worship associated with a sacred person or object telling us that Romeo looked at Juliet as an angel. When Romeo calls Juliet a shrine he only means it metaphorically. Another example of this is when he says "my lips, two blushing pilgrims." This again is a metaphor as lips cannot travel without taking a person with it because a pilgrim is a person who travels to a holy place, so this again tells us that Romeo considers Juliet as holy. When he says "blushing" it is slightly ironic as blushing implies shyness whereas Romeo is a complete opposite of shy, he is very assertive. ...read more.

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