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Romeo & Juliet Analysis of Act 1 & 2

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Romeo & Juliet Act 1 & 2 The tragic play of Romeo and Juliet was written by a world renowned script writer William Shakespeare. Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1616. William Shakespeare is for his great contribution to English literature. Even though nearly 400 after his death, many people choose to study his work over many other writers. Much of his work has been translated in a variety of languages. Shakespeare has accomplished many brilliant pieces of literature, like; sonnets, poems and play scripts. One of his most famous plays was Romeo and Juliet. This play is about a romantic tragedy of two lovers who's freedom to express their love is torn by the hatred between the families they are from. Both are young and na�ve, they viewed love in a very different concept. Many film directors have used the theme of this play in their movies. Some directors use the whole script or most of the script and have created many films based on Shakespeare's work. The end of the play resulted in both of their tragic deaths. The following essay will explore how the characters and relationship of Romeo and Juliet evolve between act 1 and act 2. At the very beginning of the play before Romeo and Juliet meet, he feels deeply saddened because Rosaline, the girl he loves has rejected him. At this point he pities himself because of this: "ay me sad hours seem long". Romeo's character is very melodramatic; he takes things that have happened to him very seriously. Montague, Romeo's father says that in the morning he sees Romeo crying: "Many a morning hath there been seen, with tears". Shakespeare portrays Romeo's character as being very venerable to situations that do not go to his accordance. At this point the audience will see Romeo as like a spoilt teenager, bearing in mind that he is from a very high class and status family and the only child of the Montague couple. ...read more.

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Juliet's characteristic in this scene can also be traced back in previous scenes where there is evidence showing her obedience. Juliet presented her obedience to her mother by stating that she will only love Paris if her parents give her their consent. however, in the current situation Juliet seems to be forgetting Paris' asking for her hand in marriage and her sayings to her mother, now she has exited them thoughts and ideas for new ones. Currently Juliet has accepted Romeo's affection towards her and seems to be overwhelmed by it. Obedience is still roaming in her characteristics but not towards her parents instead it is towards Romeo. It is interesting to note that Shakespeare formatted Romeo and Juliet's first meeting in the form of a sonnet. Sonnets are of Shakespeare's own creation, he invented this form of literature for a purpose. The ultimate significance of sonnets is that its purpose was originally used as a piece of writing demonstrating a theme of romance and love. In this case, where Romeo has met Juliet for the first time, the use of a sonnet seems necessary to emphasize the strong romantic bond between them. Shakespeare has cleverly devised a religious concept, which is the theme of the conversation between Romeo and Juliet, calling her a "Shrine" and reference of her as a "Saint". The choices of words show how Romeo feels towards Juliet's beauty. Romeo sees eh beauty and ranks her as a "shrine". In Romeo's point of view, Juliet seems abnormal to him, because her facial features are described as "bright". In a religious idea, a shrine would be a sacred monument that holds an important sector in a follower's life, also would be portrayed as something holy. This is exactly what Romeo is trying to show Juliet that he feels that she can be associated to a shrine because of her beauty that has attracted Romeo. ...read more.

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marriage, send me word tomorrow, by on that I'll proceed to come to thee, where and what time thou wilt perform the rite". This is an open display of how the dynamic of their relationship of their relationship has changed. Juliet organises the marriage, she also proposes that they should get married tomorrow. Juliet asks Romeo what time they will get married tomorrow, he replies: "At the hour of nine". She responds to this by saying: "I will not fail: 'tis twenty years till then". She uses extreme exaggeration; this is an example a hyperbole. Juliet's character has evolved from what she was in the opening scenes. She is more confident in making her own decisions and is no longer obedient toward her parents. Romeo has left his old self where he was melodramatic, but he would have been over exaggerating if Juliet too did not did not approve of his emotions. However, Romeo has revealed his impulsive nature when he asked Juliet for hand in marriage on the night of their meeting. Over Acts 1 and 2 the audience have witnessed vast changes in Romeo and Juliet's character. We have seen how Juliet and Romeo's character has evolved and we can conclude that the couple make a dangerous combination. The reasons for this is that Romeo will proceed into great lengths to satisfy hi inner desire and Juliet is in illusion by Romeo's choice of language and romantic nature. Eventually the couple will lead to their own destruction because of their tragic deaths in the final scene. Because of the fact that they are young and na�ve, they do not have the sufficient knowledge and experience and this also results in their death. Shakespeare has devised this play script in a unique way; his message is to show how young love without any experience may conclude in a tragedy. He has displayed how the individual characteristics of two lovers and their attitude to love can demolish their lives. Pre 1914 Drama Abdullah Ahmed ...read more.

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