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Study Act 2 scenes two and three. Show how this section of "Romeo and Juliet" serves Shakespeare's aims in the development of the play.

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Study Act 2 scenes two and three. Show how this section of "Romeo and Juliet" serves Shakespeare's aims in the development of the play. Romeo and Juliet is the most famous love story in the English literary tradition. Love is juxtaposed with hate to lead the play into a powerful emotional drama, rich in passion, violence and death; Proving the truth in 'My only love sprang from my only hate' between the rivals the Capulets and the Montagues. The beauty of the plays language and the use of Shakespeare's imagery, oxymorons and antitheses enliven the plot, as we perceive the undying love between the two protagonists which quickly develops into a catastrophe. For the plot to develop quickly and the calamity unfold Shakespeare has to get Romeo and Juliet to meet and fall in love. Our two scenes mark the point where the drama accelerates from the gradual introduction of the characters at the beginning, onwards to the dramatic intensity of the play's later storyline. During one short act, Shakespeare has to push the pace onwards, as he only has two hours. ('The two hours' traffic of our stage') Therefore in this one act , Romeo and Juliet have to fall in love, declare their love for one another, and marry, so that the scene is set for the plays later tragic d´┐Żnouements, this is to heighten the emotion for the audience. ...read more.


Her parents not knowing she has already devoted her life and love to young Romeo. Subsequently she will chose death over marriage to Paris and life without Romeo. During Act two, scenes two and three, Shakespeare uses love as a positive antithesis to hate. He wants to show us how much love and affection there is between 'the two star crossed lovers'. This contrasts effectively with the hatred felt between the Capulets and the Montagues. The audience must understand how the love is passionate and all consuming, a love that moves mountains. We can see the overpowering excitement rising in Romeo as he first sets foot in Juliet's orchard as he sees her at the window. He is set below Juliet, this may give the impression he is worshiping her. With the light from the window and the stars behind her, Juliet would have appeared as an angel to Romeo. "O, speak again, bright angel, for thou art" This dramatic imagery is an extremely romantic way of describing her. It is very important that when Juliet is speaking her innermost thoughts and secrets she does not know that Romeo is there. For the plot to progress quickly Romeo must know the love she holds for him even though he is a Montague. (There is no time within this drama for lengthy courtship.) The audience is kept highly attentive at this point by the dramatic irony which is used. ...read more.


The passionate love between Romeo and Juliet is linked from the moment of its interception with death. Hatred seems to push the lovers closer to love as well as violence; not further from it. Both the two lovers are plagued with suicide notions and have the willingness to experience it: in Act III, scene iii, Romeo brandishes a knife in Friar Lawrence's cell and threatens to kill himself after he has been banished. Juliet also pulls a knife in order to take her own life in Friar Lawrence's presence just three scenes later. After Capulet decides that Juliet will marry Paris, Juliet says, "If all else fail, myself have power to die". When Romeo rests his eyes upon Juliet's lifeless body, the play climaxes as inevitability fate takes over and we are left with the conclusion of a double suicide. This tragic choice is the highest, most compelling expression of love that Romeo and Juliet can make. It is only through death that they can preserve their love, and their love is so intense that they are willing to end their lives in its defence. In the play, love emerges as a dishonourable thing, leading as much to destruction as to happiness. After all, unlike many of the other tragedies, this play does not have an evil villain, but rather people whose good qualities are turned to poison by the world in which they live. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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