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Romeo & Juliet Coursework

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Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet Tommy Patton Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a play about love, violence and ultimately death. There is an ever-ongoing feud between the Montague and Capulet households and their relationship is constantly tested to its limits. The worst possible thing happens when Romeo, a Montague and Juliet, a Capulet fall in love. Their first meeting is at a masked ball and it is love at first sight. This defies all the odds but they foolishly think that their relationship could unite their families' and end their quarrel. These events all play an extremely important part of the play and lead into the pivotal scene that changes the complexion of the play completely. Act III scene I is arguably the most significant scene in the play and is the pivot on which the play swings. The scene begins with Shakespeare creating a mood through the weather when Benvolio says: 'The day is hot, the Capels are abroad, / And if we meet we shall not scape a brawl, / For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring.' This evokes the feeling that the weather is so severe everyone is enraged and a fight between the Montagues and Capulets is looming unavoidably. ...read more.


Marry, go before to field, he'll be your follower: Your worship in that sense may call him "man" ' This sparring is consistent throughout the play. Tybalt then turns to Romeo and says, 'Romeo, the love...thou art a villain'. This is saying that Romeo is Tybalt's biggest enemy. Romeo responds by saying, 'Tybalt, the reason that i...I see thou know'st me not '. It is almost as if Romeo is being forced into saying this because he is Tybalt's brother-in-law as he has just married Juliet. This is dramatic irony. Romeo is also trying to calm the confrontation when he says, 'Therefore, farewell; I see thou know'st me not'. Tybalt ignores this and is quick to insult him again, not knowing they are related and tells him to, 'turn and draw' (draw his sword). Again, Romeo backs down and almost pleads with Tybalt not to fight when he says: 'I do protest I never injured thee, / But love thee better than thow can'st devise / Till thou shalt know the reason of my love / And so, good Capulet, which name I tender / As dearly as my own, be satisfied' Tybalt does not question Romeo when he says he tenders the Capulet name as dearly as his own and this makes the audience wonder why. ...read more.


Throughout this Mercutio's mood changes from positive to negative. Romeo says that he was just trying to help but Mercutio assures him that he is dying and again says, 'A plague o' both your houses!' Benvolio then helps him out, nobody dies on stage. When he returns he tells Romeo that Mercutio is dead and Romeo reacts by killing Tybalt. Benvolio then tells Romeo to go because if he stays the Prince will sentence him to death, Romeo then says, 'o, I am fortunes fool' which refers to his fate, Romeo talks about his fate all the way through the play. Romeo then exits. The Prince, Montague, Capulet, their wives and their servants enter to find that Mercutio and Tybalt are dead, the Prince questions Benvolio as to what happened. Benvolio explains and as a result of his actions the Prince exiles Romeo. The scene ends with the Prince saying, 'Bear hence this body, and attend our will / Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill' this is a rhyming couplet, every scene is usually ended in a rhyming couplet. Tommy Patton Romeo & Juliet ...read more.

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