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The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet' a supposedly superb play written by Arthur Brooke in 1562. A period of between thirty two and thirty four years passed before Shakespeare took Brookes

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Romeo and Juliet 'The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet' a supposedly superb play written by Arthur Brooke in 1562. A period of between thirty two and thirty four years passed before Shakespeare took Brookes idea and changed it slightly. Some believe (such as Arthur Brooke fans and those that don't know of the differences between the two stories) that William Shakespeare unfairly stole his idea and that he doesn't deserve any credit for it. During the time of writing Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare was unhappily married to Anne Heathway, with three children. He made huge alterations such as adding essential characters into his version: The Nurse- Juliet's carer and Mercuito - Romeo's crazy, loud best friend. Brookes play was based over a long period of 9 months whereas Shakespeare's was 5 days. Brooke also made his characters older- Juliet and Romeo in their later teens. Whereas Shakespeare changed Juliet to just 13yrs old and Romeo 15. Two star crossed lovers, destined to meet. Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague (two families at war). Instantly fall in love once crossing paths at the Capulets grand party. So stricken by cupid's arrow within days they secretly are married by Friar Laurence. On that Monday, the same day the two where wedded, Tybalt sets out to fight Romeo, Romeo sees Tybalt as his blood now and refuses to fight. ...read more.

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Language used seems as if Paris is excited, he shows us this by the use of 'O'. And also rhyming is used and planning begins: 'We'll keep no great ado- a friend or two' Marriage would be considered for life. They saw it as a practical idea, (a financial matter rather than an emotional one) and a good idea as of short life expectancy, arranged marriages were the norm. Males in two equal standing families would arrange it, as women were often submissive and men led their families. This is because they were considered the valiant sex, also masterful. Much dramatic irony is formed from this as Juliet has by this time already married and fell in love with Romeo. She needs to diverse a plan and rapidly so she can avoid her planned marriage with County Paris. Shakespeare shows this love as it was the norm, and often occurred in '1st class families'. Sexual love is the physical side of love, seen more as lewd. Shakespeare leaves his audience with the excitement and adrenaline of the sexual act. The nurse is seen as a very sexual character, using humour and wit. For example in Act 1 scene 3 The Nurse swears on her 'Maidenhead at twelve year old' (meaning her virginity at twelve) ...read more.

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Whereas with dutiful love it would be the norm, a practical idea due to short life expectancy. Modern audience couldn't really relate to arranged marriages as it doesn't happen nowadays. Many people choose not to get married, and divorces are common. The Elizabethans would have been shocked and amused by sexual love; modern audiences may be used to it though still slightly embarrassed and taken aback. To an modern audience I think real love is most relevant as in today's society finding or even having a true love is becoming less and less common. We are excited and happy to see real love around us or actually be in a true love relationship. I also think courtly love is important to a modern audience as they can relate and understand what the characters may be going through. Modern audiences may also compare their own experiences with the characters. I think Romeo's love for Rosaline at the start of the play is most likely what I feel when meeting new boys- you tend to over react and confuse courtly love for real love. It has not affected my own views on love though... I still believe what I've always believed. That love can occur at any place or time, love controls you and you cannot control it. And that it's possible there's more than one person out there for everyone, it's just a case of finding them. ...read more.

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