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'The course of true love never did run smooth' Describe by what techniques Shakespeare proves this statement to be the case in Romeo and Juliet.

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Romeo and Juliet 'The course of true love never did run smooth' Describe by what techniques Shakespeare proves this statement to be the case in Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare wrote many plays in the time he was alive, but Romeo and Juliet is possibly one of his best. It is an unlucky romantic love story and was written in 1594. The language from Shakespearean times was different from today. The play is set in Verona, Italy, but was written in England. This is evident in some of the things Shakespeare has written. In Act I Scene V, Capulet talks about putting out a fire. The play is set in the summer, and in Verona in the middle of summer, a fire would definitely not be needed. Shakespeare uses the base of an Unlucky love story because it is exiting and interesting, more so than a play where everybody has happy love and the 'lived happily ever after' routine is used. The unlucky love basis shapes the whole play to follow the same route. Shakespeare uses many different techniques and ideas to bring about the obstacles for Romeo and Juliet in the play. He has created intriguing scenarios for Romeo and Juliet to conquer; this is what makes the play so fascinating. The first and largest obstacle that Shakespeare puts forward, which the play rather revolves around, is the family feud. This obstacle leads to most of the others and if it were not for this, Romeo and Juliet may have got the chance to meet and even marry. ...read more.


This is a good example of a metaphor, meaning that Paris is totally faultless and perfect. The language that is used in the extract puts emphasis on this fact. Romeo and Juliet are sometimes obstacles in themselves, especially Romeo. Romeo is portrayed as a lovesick hero. In the play it is obvious he likes being in love, and even lovesick. He exaggerates his being shunned by Rosaline at the beginning of the play, and soon forgets about her when he meets Juliet. There is a good example of Romeo's personality: Why then, o brawling love, o loving hate, ...... Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms, Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health, (Act I Scene I) This extract is a good example of an oxymoron, it binds two opposites in one sentence; Shakespeare also uses it to show how Romeo exaggerates his being lovesick. He then tries very hard to 'woo' Juliet but her more logical approach puts a stop to it. Juliet is more practical than Romeo. Evidence of this would be: 'So thou wilt woo; but not else for the world ...... If they thy bent of love be honorable, Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow,' (Act II Scene II) Juliet takes a more direct approach and tells Romeo that he should stop wooing her and marry her if he is serious. There is further evidence when she is given the sleeping draught by Fr. Lawrence: 'What if it be poison which the friar Subtly hath ministered to have me dead, Lest this marriage he has been dishonored, Because he married me before to Romeo (Act IV Scene III) ...read more.


Juliet says: He shall not make me the joyful bride. ...... I will not marry yet, and when I do, I swear It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate, Rather than Paris. These are news indeed (Act III Scene IV) Juliet is being sarcastic in this extract. The word hate puts effect on the mothers hatred for Romeo. She is angry about having to marry Paris. She states that marrying Paris would not make her happy. When Capulet comes in he has seriously changed his mood. He becomes violent and angry, telling Juliet she will marry or be kicked out. This is what compels her to go to Fr. Lawrence for advice. When she goes to Fr. Lawrence, threatening suicide he comes up with another idea, again going behind everyone's backs. Not only that, but it is a very dangerous idea too; it may be putting Juliet's life at risk. He gives Juliet a potion to make her appear dead. What he does not know is that it is too strong and Juliet wakes up too late. He sends a note to Romeo explaining about Juliet, but it leads to the next obstacle. Ironically, the note does not get through to Romeo, but Romeo's friend Balthazar does, and tells Romeo that Juliet has died. This is the next obstacle as Romeo decides that he cannot live without Juliet and goes to commit suicide next to her, killing Paris on the way. Shakespeare has created some fascinating scenarios for Romeo and Juliet in the play. I hope that you now have a deeper understanding of the obstacles Shakespeare thought up to create his excellent work- Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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