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Shakespeare's version also has a lot of differences. Tybalt, who is only mentioned once in Arthur Brooke's poem, plays a very important part in Shakespeare's where he helps keep the feud going between the two households

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework Essay In Shakespeare's plays he very rarely used original ideas. Most of the plays he wrote, such as "Romeo and Juliet," were adapted from other people's stories. Shakespeare used these ideas as basic outlines for his plays. The story of "Romeo and Juliet" had been around for hundreds of years before Shakespeare created his own version. The most recent was a poem by Arthur Brooke. His version was called Romeo and Julietta; this play was over 3000 lines long and written in rhyming couplets. There are lots of parts of Brooke's poem that Shakespeare has used in his play such as the characters Mercutio, Tybalt and Paris. Although Shakespeare's play has a lot of similarities to Arthur Brooke's poem, Shakespeare's version also has a lot of differences. Tybalt, who is only mentioned once in Arthur Brooke's poem, plays a very important part in Shakespeare's where he helps keep the feud going between the two households. Also Brooke's version takes place over months whereas Shakespeare's only takes place over a few days, this adds greater interest to the play because so much happens so fast. Arthur Brooke's poem is also less interesting compared to Shakespeare's because Shakespeare exploits the use of unusual contrasts such as action and comedy, intimate romance and public spectacle. ...read more.


The hyperbole language shows to the audience how deeply in love they are. There were a lot of things that prevented Romeo and Juliet being together. The biggest problem was that they were from opposing households. Juliet doesn't seem close to anyone in her family, her father is abusive towards her when she doesn't want to marry Paris and her mother won't defend her, this would have made it a lot easier for Juliet to marry Romeo behind her parents back, whereas Romeo though seems a lot closer to his family because they are very upset over his banishment and his mother dies of grief for him. This would probably make it harder for Romeo because he would want to defend his family in the rivalry between the families, like he does when he kills Tybalt even though he's married his cousin. Some of the characters in the play don't make Romeo and Juliet being together easy. Romeo's best friend has a very cynical view on love; he says things like, "under love's heavy burden do I sink," and make s jokes about Romeo being in love with Juliet and Roseline. Tybalt also has a negative view about Romeo and Juliet being together. He says, "Uncle this is a Montague our foe: a villain that is hither come in spite," this shows that Tybalt thinks as Romeo as an enemy and detests him. ...read more.


Even towards the end of the play Shakespeare uses contradictions and contrasts to make the play more interesting. In the tomb there are contrasts between light and death, Romeo says, "thou detestable maw, thou womb of death," which he contradicts by saying, "her beauty makes this vault a feasting presence of light." The play mixes a lot of action, where lots of things happen, with intense personal reflection, as Romeo and Juliet see each other dead. The action, like when Romeo fights Paris, makes the scene more interesting because it gives the scene more contrast between the tragic way that Romeo and Juliet die, which the play has been building up to from the start and the quick unexpected death of Paris. Shakespeare, very cleverly makes the tragedy hard to blame on anyone person. At the end of the play the Prince says, "All are punished." Everyone close to Romeo and Juliet were to blame in some way, even Romeo and Juliet were to blame partly because of their rashness in getting married and not having their parents permission. In Act 5 Scene 3 Romeo and Juliet tragically kill themselves. This scene is very sad and emotional, but in a way their suicide can be interoperated as a good thing. Throughout the play Romeo talks about, "inauspicious star," and saying fate is against him, but when they take their own life they are finally free of their bad luck. ?? ?? ?? ?? English Coursework Romeo + Juliet Page 1 4/30/2007 ...read more.

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