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Romeo & Juliet.

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Romeo & Juliet The play 'Romeo and Juliet' was set in Verona in the 1600's where 2 young people meet and fall in love at first sight. Unfortunately as the story continues, their romantic encounter leads to tragedy in epic proportions. The romance causes the family to disapprove. At the time 'Romeo and Juliet' was made, the monarch and the church were the two main powers, life was not very pleasant at the time; turbulence in society, public fights and name-calling was considered to be a serious offence. Arguments and riots often occurred on a regular basics and violence spread quickly. People at the time would have fights just for the sake of it; they often do not know the reason why they are fighting, but as long they were fighting they were happy. The story of 'Romeo and Juliet" was a tragedy just not a traditional one. In this essay I am going to go into greater detail about the prologue and to show references to the character, imagery, dramatic irony, and the language used. The scene I will be focusing on will be Act 3 Scene 1 is a great importance to the play. ...read more.


This shows Benvolio is a peacemaker. He is trying to be reasonable by pointing out that both sides are out of control. Is Benvolio account biased? No, he gives a fair and balanced account. His name is also means Bene that is translated to good/well in Latin. His language is polite and ordered: the language of Courtly society. The language has become iambic pentameter again to show that social order had temporarily been restored (Dramatic irony). The audience knows that the peace will not last, whereas the characters do not know their fate. Tybalt, the cousin of Juliet is the opposite of Benvolio. He is impulsive, angry, aggressive and a troublemaker. His only goal is was to destroy all the Montagues. Benvolio calls him as 'Fiery Tybalt', because his always aggressive and always up for a fight. Shakespeare breaks down the iambic pentameter gradually to show how this people are beginning to lose control of their calmer emotions: "Do you quarrel, sir?" "Quarrel, sir! No sir!'" The replies have become shorted and therefore sound more tense, snappy and angry. There's also a set of repetition with the word 'sir'. Sampson the servant of the Capulet wants to provoke the Montagues into responding first so that the Capulets will not be blamed for starting the fight. ...read more.


When he says that, he means that if Romeo would not fight Tybalt then he would. Romeo and Benvolio try and stop them but fail. Mercutio is hurt. Whilst he is injured, he uses punning and wordplay to lighten the mood. Mercutio uses the term "grave man" which could mean one of two things. It could mean grave man as in serious or grave man as in dead person in the ground. When Romeo sees that Tybalt had killed Mercutio, all the reason to feel 'love' for Tybalt was slow disintegrating. He is mad angry and upset at Tybalt and chases after him. Romeo and Tybalt end up fighting and Tybalt is killed. After Tybalt is killed, Romeo runs off and cries out of guilt. Throughout the Story, Shakespeare uses a lot of dramatic irony. Dramatic irony is when the audience knows what the characters do not or when some of the characters know what some do not. Shakespeare uses this by Romeo and Juliet getting married and the Capulets and Montagues left in the dark, as the families are rivals. This gives the play an added tension. At the end of the play, the tragedy is set upon us when Romeo and Juliet die for each other. The death of Mercutio and Tybalt changed the paths and feelings of Romeo and Juliet's love for each other. 1 ...read more.

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