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Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564 during the Elizabethan era. His father sold gloves and became an important person in the town. William, one of eight children, was the eldest son, and probably educated at the local grammar school. Shakespeare married at the young age of eighteen to Anne Hathaway who was eight years older than him. They had three children; Susannah and twins Hamnet and Judith. No one knows when Shakespeare began writing or even how he learnt how to but his plays have become so popular since. It has been said that between 1585 and 1592 was when he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. Shakespeare has written many plays in his time including the likes of well-known plays such as; Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, Twelfth Night and the most excellent and lamentable tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. It is one of his earliest theatrical triumphs and is considered the most typical love story of the Renaissance. Romeo and Juliet has been filmed many times and adapted into all sorts of ways. There are so many references to Romeo and Juliet in songs, books and even normal conversation. For instance, if a young boy goes out with a lot of girls and is quite romantic to each of them he is often referred to as a real "Romeo", even if his name is James and lives in Sheffield with his mum. This is because Romeo and Juliet is the most clich�d love story and two young people who are in passionate love are dubbed Romeo and Juliet and it is just what we have adapted to. ...read more.


This is shown in act 3 scene 5 when the nurse says, "I think it would be best you married with the county". This really hurt Juliet because she was supposed to be one of her only best friends and she felt quite neglected. Juliet was left by herself to make some significant decisions but she showed many times in the play that she was a mature and wise young woman. Sometimes in the play though, she appears hesitant but when she meets Romeo, she matures quickly, she allows him to kiss her when they first meet and when she appears on the balcony on the live plays, she is fully longing for him. "My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love is cheap; the more I give to thee the more I have, for both are infinite." Through that quote she shows her endless love for him. Romeo, at first announces his love for Rosaline. This quickly changes once he meets Juliet. "If I profane with my unworthiest hand." Romeo enters Capulet's party which he was not invited to and falls in love at first sight with Juliet. He takes her hand and begs a kiss. "Then have my lips the sin that they took." Juliet accepts his kiss and proclaims that if it is a sin to share a kiss with Romeo then she shall be a sinner. Romeo and Juliet's love is big from the beginning and as time grows, there love for one another does too. During the play Romeo's attitudes change from happy, calm, joking to merciless, angry and sad through different times in the play. ...read more.


Thus Shakespeare contrasts the two in which are very different and compares violence and disease and it had its basis from a real fear. The play is set in the Italian city of Verona which Shakespeare most probably never visited. However, I think he chose to set the play there because of the passion and lust that went on in the city. The text of the play can be read on different levels and this shows layers of meaning and Shakespeare used many dramatic devices. The moral of the story is that we should all learn to tell the truth before misunderstood perception takes place and we regret the events that have taken place. Romeo and Juliet's love was said to be doomed from the beginning and maybe they were "star-crossed" after all. In conclusion, from the very beginning of the play, Romeo and Juliet's relationship was destined for destruction. I think that one of the most important aspects of the play is fate which many people do not seem to recognise. This is because destiny is what brought the two together and destiny is what also killed the two together. The masquerade party was the most important aspect of fate because this is where they met. The fact that Romeo was wearing a mask and his face was hidden allowed Juliet to fall in love with him because if she had known who he was, she probably would never have fallen in love with him. Fate had made this happen and no one could have gotten in the way of Romeo and Juliet's meeting and also their departure. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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