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Shakespeare Romeo and juliett

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Introduction

William Shakespeare was born on the 23rd April, 1564, in a place called Stratford upon Avon. Records from the church show that Shakespeare was baptised on April 26th, 1594 in the Holy Trinity Church. He had a father called John Shakespeare who worked as a leather merchant and a glover. Shakespeare got married on November 28th, 1582 to Anne Hathaway who was pregnant at the time and was 26 years old while Shakespeare was only 18. 'Romeo and Juliet' is a tale of young people who are brought down by fate and are affected by the actions of their families .In the dictionary tragedy is described as 'a play or movie, or sometimes a real world event with a sad outcome'. However, Aristotle who was a Greek philosopher had a different interpretation of a tragedy. He says that a tragedy is a 'reversal in fortune from good to bad'. 'Romeo and Juliet' were the prime example of an Elizabethan Tragedy as it was written in 1593-1594. Romeo and Juliet was written early in Shakespeare's career and is not considered one of his great tragedies. Hamlet, Macbeth and King Lear are examples of Shakespeare's great tragedies. 'Romeo and Juliet' is possibly not a great tragedy because the tragedy isn't caused by the lead characters but by those around them, unlike King Lear and the aforementioned plays. ...read more.

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Juliet then says 'Hist, Romeo, hist! O for a falconer's voice', this shows that Romeo wants to be with Juliet and shows his bravery and genuine attraction to Juliet, this also shows that Juliet is afraid of her family finding her with Romeo. Skaspeare also uses Oxymoron and paradoxes. "Good night, good night. Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say 'Good Night' till it be morrow". This is a paradox because the sentence in a way contradicts itself as he places sweet and sorrow beside each other and shows that the love is genuine. This shows the audience that the lovers are very eager to see each other again. At this stage of the play the lovers finally part when Romeo leaves and goes away. "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright". Alliteration is used here to add extra effect in this instance. Other examples of this technique are used. "light love, touch that, form, fain, fain, desire doth" These are used to add extra effect, and passion to Romeo's words and thus genuine feelings. The most commonly used techniques are similes and metaphors. The best use of a metaphor is at the opening of Act Two Scene Two when Romeo says that "Juliet is the sun". ...read more.

Conclusion

This shows that Juliet wants to be with Romeo but she feels that she needs the lord's guidance. "Saints do not move, through grant for prayers' sake...Then move not, while my prayer's effect I take". This is an exchange between Romeo and Juliet in Act One Scene Five. This is Romeo saying that his kiss is like a prayer, and it shows genuine love. A sense of adoration and worship is also portrayed. Asides, soliloquies, dramatic irony and ill-timing are used. An aside is when the actor/actress is talking partly to himself and partly for the benefit of the audience. In Act two Scene Two this is used. "[Aside] Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?" Shakespeare uses soliloquy in the play as well. A soliloquy is speech or words spoken to oneself. They are used to let the audience in on what the character is thinking. Again in Act Two Scene Two a soliloquy is used when the audience is invited into Juliet's thoughts. "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father, and refuse thy name. Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I'll be no longer a Capulet." This quote shows what they're willing to do for their love. In certain parts there are times that if things had happened quicker perhaps the tragedy wouldn't have happened as a result of ill timing. For example when Friar Lawrence's letter doesn't make it to Romeo. ...read more.

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