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Romeo & Juliet.

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Romeo & Juliet Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's ultimate romantic tragedy, tells the story of, arguably, the world's most famous literacy young lovers. Star-crossed by fate, their romantic, impulsive young love is doomed from the start, yet we follow innocent, enthusiastic pursuit with eager anticipation. In witnessing this tragic path of 'true love', the characters of Romeo and Juliet are beautifully developed by their own words and, of course, by the words and actions of those around them. In contrasting and comparing their individual characters, we can vividly see how alike they are, and ultimately how tragically they differ. Romeo is the only son of Lord and Lady Montague an aristocratic family living in Verona. He is eighteen years old and desperately in love with a young lady called Rosaline who wants nothing to do with him, as she wants to remain a virgin. Romeo wanders around aimlessly, with a heavy sadness, as his love spurned during his wandering he comes across a street fight between his own household the Montague's and another the Capulet's. These two families are "daggers drawn" Romeo meets his friend Benvolio who is sick and tired of Romeo talking about Rosaline. Romeo tells Benvolio how much in love he is with Rosaline "A right good mark-man, and she's fair in love." "She hath, and in the sparing, makes huge waste: for beauty Stair'd with her severity, cuts beauty off from all prosterity. She is too fair, too wise, wisely too fair, to merit bliss by making me despair: she hath forsworn to love, and in the vow, do I live dead, that live to tell it now." ...read more.


Friar Lawrence thinks Romeo is too impetuous. Anything that arrive quickly, will die quickly, just like their love. It is better to take things slowly and then it will be everlasting. "These violent daylights have violent end, and in their triumph die like fire and powder. Which as they kiss they consume. The sweetest honey is loathsome in his own deliciousness, and in the taste confounds the appetite. Therefore love moderately, long love doth so, too swift arrives, as tardy as too slow." Juliet arrives and they are married. Romeo is cook-a-hoop, and meets his friends he is full of bravado and wit "good morrow to you both, what counterfeit did I give you?" Mercutio: "The slip sir, the slip, can you conceive?" When the nurse enters, Romeo makes fun of the nurse Romeo: "Here's a goodly gear. A said, a said." Mercutio: "Two, two a shirt and a smock." Romeo would never have spoken about the nurse like that, and certainly would not like Juliet to hear him. He is acting flippant, and big headed. Another quarrel breaks out in the street, Mercutio teases Benvolio, then Tybalt picks a quarrel with Mercutio over Romeo. When Romeo arrives Tybalt calls him a villain, but Romeo backs down, knowing that he is now related to Tybalt, and tries to diffuse the situation. Mercutio is appalled at the sudden cowardice of Romeo, and draws his sword at Tybalt. Romeo tries to separate them, but unfortunately Mercutio is fatally wounded by Tybalt's sword trust under the arm of Romeo. ...read more.


Thus with thee die" The Friar arrives and realises what has happened Juliet awakes and asks for Rome who is lying dead in her arms. The Friar wants her to leave quickly but she refuses. Juliet takes the poison cup from Romeo's hand, but the cup is empty. Juliet kisses his lips hoping there is some poison left on them. She is disturbed by the watch, so quickly and decisively, she stabs herself with Romeo's dagger, falls and dies. "Poison I see hath been timeless end; O churl, drunk all, and left no friendly drop to help me after. I will kiss thy lips. Haply some poison yet doth hang on the." When everyone arrives they discover the deaths of Romeo, Juliet who was already supposed to be dead, and Paris. It remains for Friar Lawrence to explain the situation. Unfortunately it has taken such a tragedy to unite the Capulet's and the Montague's. Romeo and Juliet were two 'star-crossed' lovers who were both attracted to one another by instant physical attraction. Juliet was more true to her parents and her religion, whereas Romeo could wander about without any recriminations by his parents. Juliet was very brave but also dramatic because she did not take the poison to actually die. She was hoping that she would come round, and therefore make the statement that she was actually prepared to die for Romeo. Romeo was very impulsive, and didn't think to deeply of the consequences of his actions. What should have been a happy ending for two young people in love, ends up in tragedy and regret by the two households involved which eventually brings them together in mourning. ...read more.

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