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'Romeo & Juliet' - death and intrest

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'Romeo & Juliet' Assignment Romeo and Juliet die untimely deaths as a result of Verona's typical feuding society that they grew up in. Many would agree this description is extremely accurate though there are some other issues, which also may have had an influence on Romeo and Juliet's tragic deaths. The other focus will be on the language used by Shakespeare and how it points to Romeo and Juliet's death yet enthralls the audience's interest throughout the play. The justification that the feuding was the cause of Romeo and Juliet's death is emphasised clearly on the chorus at the beginning of the play 'which but their children's end nought could remove'. This signifies that the feud was so extreme, the only way the Capulets and Montagues would bury the strife between the families would be Romeo and Juliet's deaths. Capulet and Montague are too alike for their own good 'both alike in dignity' equally both families want the same things, leading to fighting and moral conflict between the families. Romeo is slandered a 'villain' by Tybalt in Act 1 Scene 5 before he has done anything wrong. This implies that the feuding has made Tybalt prejudice against Romeo simply because of he is a Montague. Tybalt killed Mercutio in a brawl caused by the feuding. This provoked Romeo into 'fire-eyed fury' which in turn lead to Romeo's banishment, as Romeo was so 'angry' he killed Tybalt in revenge. ...read more.


Mercutio's death is also chance. If Romeo hadn't stepped in front of Mercutio at that point, where Tybalt struck for Mercutio, then maybe Mercutio could have defended himself. Another reason, is adolescent love. Could their youth be the cause of their death? Romeo believes 'I ne'er true beauty till this night'. This suggests that Romeo didn't really love Rosalaine as much as he had declared. If Romeo can change his feelings so quickly, could it be lack of experience? If Romeo hadn't been so quick to declare his love to Juliet then this tragedy may not have happened. Romeo and Juliet's relationship was first more of lust than love. When Romeo sees Juliet for the first time he says 'did my heart love till now?' which depicts again that Romeo didn't love Rosaline and he quickly changes his affections. This suggests in the same way that Romeo and Juliet's deaths could be linked with their age. The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet could be caused by love itself. If Romeo hadn't been so in love with Juliet he wouldn't have killed himself to be with her, when he found out she was dead 'I will be with thee tonight' so if he didn't kill himself the plan would have worked and they both would have survived. The above part of this assignment depicts the fact that with out the feud of the Montague and Capulet, the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet may never have occurred. ...read more.


Shakespeare uses puns and play on words to give every aspect of the play a difference. Such as on Mercutio's death, Mercutio even puns 'ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man' this help make it a more memorable death. Shakespeare uses metaphors and similes through out the play 'shrieks like mandrakes' 'torn out of the earth' 'bloody Tybalt, yet but green in earth' using comparisons like this helps to describe the atmosphere and build tension were needed, to help entertain the audience Shakespeare uses oxymoron, as the play is full of opposites. 'Loving hate' is an oxymoron as it is two contradictory words brought together to give a striking expression. Mercutio's language changes rapidly in Act 1 Scene 4. The language goes from sexual punning to mystical dreams of queen Mab 'O then I see Queen Mab hath been with you' Shakespeare's contrast between language here gives an insight into the complex character of Mercutio. 'The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars, as daylight doth a lamp' Shakespeare's language here impacts on the audience as it gives a strong contrast between the darker side of 'Romeo and Juliet' Shakespeare successfully shows the ability to hint that death is imminent through out the play. Shakespeare also changes the style of his language by using different types to create interest for the audience. To say that the feud was the cause of Romeo and Juliet's death simplifies the play, but is an effective answer to the extremely complex question. Jennifer Airey ...read more.

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