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Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet

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Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet I will be writing about Romeo and Juliet. It is written by William Shakespeare in 1595. In the play we learn about what it is like to love someone who is part of a family's enemy. Shakespeare wrote about love because it is hard to understand and come to terms with love then tragedy. The play is structured on tragedy. This means that through out the play there is a big build up of happiness and then dramatically at the end of the play Romeo and Juliet die for their love, and peace between Montague and Capulet. The play would have appealed to the audience in Shakespeare's time because in that time people had less experience of love before marriage, two enemies come together to love each other and also to die for each other's love. Love is shown in the play through the hate of the two "households" the Montague's and the Capulet's, and death is shown through the play by the fighting when Tybalt kills Mercutio, then Romeo kills Tybalt and when Romeo and Juliet die for their love. ...read more.


She tried kissing the poison on Romeo's lips, but there was no poison left, and then kills herself with Romeo's dagger "O happy dagger! This is they sheath". The first scene I will look at is scene 4 in the first act of the play, it is important because it shows Romeo's love at first sight. The characters us love a jokes mainly in this first act. Their language is old English and some parts are understandable because two important "star-crossed lovers" love each other. This scene is important to the plot of the play because Romeo, Benvolio and Mercutio go to the party. Benvolio tries to tell Romeo that there are other better-looking girls that Rosaline in Verona, but Romeo denies it. Soon Romeo sees the girl of his dreams, Juliet. Her beauty overwhelms him. He starts to speak with her in religious terms "If I profane with my unworthiest hand, this holy shrine...." He speaks four lines in rhyme (ABAB); Juliet speaks the next four lines in the same pattern (CBCB). ...read more.


This is because they add a lot charisma and effect to the play. The language used in the love scene is of romance as Romeo and Juliet love to flirt with each other, in old English, for example "Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, Who is already sick and pale with grief, That thou her maid art far more fair than she". Another example is when Romeo dies and Juliet stabs herself with Romeo's dagger saying "O happy dagger! This is thy Sheath!" this shows that Juliet has true feelings for Romeo, as she cannot live without him. On the other hand the language used in the death scenes is mostly of violence, except of Juliet and Romeo's death which may also been of violence between the two households, for example when Romeo kills Tybalt after he kills Mercutio. This shows that Romeo really cared about Mercutio and shows true loyalty in a friendship. The morals we learn from the play are that family and friends matter even at times of hate. They are still relevant today because the play sets an example of what could happen if u fall in love with a person that results in death. Adeel Ahmad ...read more.

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