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The scene that I have chosen to analyse is Act II, Scene 2 or more commonly known as the balcony scene. I think that it is very important, as it is the scene where Romeo and Juliet declare their love for each other

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Analyse the dramatic and linguistic significance of your chosen scene from "Romeo and Juliet. "Romeo and Juliet" is probably the most famous play in the whole world written by probably the most famous playwright of all time, William Shakespeare. William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England to John and Mary Shakespeare. He studied in Stratford Grammar School from the age of six or seven. During his time, the primary language of learning was Latin. Therefore, most of the literature that Shakespeare read in his childhood was in Latin and by authors such as Seneca, Cicero, Ovid and Virgil. When he was thirteen, Shakespeare was removed from school due to his father's financial situation. However, these authors continued to be an inspiration to him as is viewed from his plays and other works. Not much else is known about his early life until his marriage. Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway when she was three months pregnant with their first child, Susanna. Later, the twins, Hamnet and Judith, were born. Again, not much is known about Shakespeare's life from then until after the death of Hamnet, when he was eleven. By then Shakespeare was a fairly well known actor in London. He had also written some of his earlier plays; Henry VI and The Comedy of Errors. He had his break in 1593 where he caught the attention of the Earl of Southampton who became his patron and with whom he wrote some of his greatest sonnets. Later, he went back to the theatre and he wrote "Romeo and Juliet" along with several other plays in 1594. Shakespeare died on 23 April 1616. "Romeo and Juliet" is hailed as the world's greatest love story as well as one of Shakespeare's finest works. It is a story of forbidden love, a story of "star-cross'd lovers", a story of "ancient grudge break to new mutiny". ...read more.


This also tells us that both Romeo and Juliet are very religious. In these two soliloquies, Shakespeare uses metaphors and similes as direct comparisons so that the audience is left in no doubt as how the characters are feeling. There is also dramatic irony, which is where the audience is aware of something that the characters are not. In this case, the audience can see that Romeo is there and can see Juliet but Juliet doesn't know that Romeo is there and therefore she ends up blurting out her feelings to him. Dramatic irony is used as a device to involve the audience in the play, maintain tension and lead to a climax. It is used later on in the play too when Juliet's parents arrange her marriage or when Tybalt kills Mercutio or when Juliet takes the potion. "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" This tells us that Juliet is despairing at the situation. She realises that there is no way that their parents are going to accept her and Romeo as a couple. She realises that for them to be together, they would have to shed their names, "Deny thy father and refuse thy name........ And I'll no longer be a Capulet" However, the fact that she is prepared to so this shows us the depth of her love. "Tis but thy name that is my enemy...... What's in a name?" By saying this, Juliet shows us that she is very mature for her age. She realises that a name is a meaningless thing and that she loves Romeo, not the Montague name, therefore it has no impact on her feelings. In response to this, Romeo says, "Call me but love and I'll be new baptis'd..." His feelings of love and passion are so strong that sacrificing his family name seems like no hardship to him. As long as he has Juliet's love, he doesn't need anything else. ...read more.


When Romeo is talking and typing, the spotlight will be brighter on him than on Juliet and vice versa. As far as music is concerned, I would use modern love songs in the background. Examples of the tracks I could play are, "My Boo" by Usher or "These Words" by Natasha Bedingfield. I think that these choices are appropriate because they are modern, like the setting, and because they are love songs but they are not gushy or soppy. For costumes, Juliet would be wearing a white vest with red straps and white pyjama bottoms with red stripes on either side. The white symbolises her innocence and purity while the red shows that she is not totally innocent, she ca be quite mischievous. Romeo, on the other hand, is still wearing his costume from the Capulet ball; a James Bond tuxedo with a gun. The white shirt shows that he too is innocent but the black blazer and gun show that there is a violent side to him too. I would to all of the above, if I directed Act II Scene 2 of "Romeo and Juliet" In conclusion, I think that although "Romeo and Juliet" was written more than four hundred years ago, it is such a simple and powerful story that it still applies today. And even today, people fall in love with people that aren't approved by their families. Even today, there are many gaps in our society, not necessarily as families but certainly as religions and races. Even today, there are misunderstandings between the older and younger generations as each have different ideals and ideas. Even today, arranged marriages take place all over the world. The themes of "Romeo and Juliet" still apply today and will probably apply as long as mankind continues to exist because, as long as there is man, there will be love and as long as there is love, there will be "Romeo and Juliet" ?? ?? ?? ?? Aarohi Shah 10F Shakespeare coursework 08/05/2007 ...read more.

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