• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

william shakespeare essay

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Explore the dramatic impact of act 3 scene 1 Relate the scenes relevant to the rest of the play In the Elizabethan times there was a divide between the rich and the poor. The poor fitted into three categories 'deserving poor' Deserving unemployed' And undeserving poor' - those who turned to a life of crime or who had become beggars. However there were no categories for the rich although access to banquets, feasts, festivals and fairs was limited, based upon which social class you live under. Also, in the Elizabethan times the rules for men and women were different. Only men were allowed to work making them the dominance of the household however, in some families women could work, reasons being: if their family was extremely poor or for some reason the man was incapable of working. For a woman that did work she would usually work as a servant or a maid otherwise she would have to take up prostitution. For a woman that didn't work, she would have to spend her days being subservient to her husband, father or brother. Hygiene was a big issue in those days as it was extremely difficult to keep clean, mainly because there was no running water, which made bathing a luxury even for the richest of families, and because there was no divide in the streets for the rich and the poor, which meant that disease and illnesses were rife. ...read more.

Middle

In my opinion this shows that Mercutio is more than ready for a fight and he knows that this sort of insult will probably get Tybalt to fight him. Then Romeo turns up and as Tybalt was looking to pick a fight with him rather than Mercutio starts throwing insults a Romeo. "Romeo the love that I bear thee can afford no better term than thou art a villain" I think this shows that Tybalt is determined to get what he wants and he isn't going to let a hostile Mercutio stand in his way. Mercutio still persists in provoking Tybalt to fight and eventually it pays off when Tybalt begins to retaliate and eventually draws his sword and starts to fight Tybalt. Mercutio: " Tybalt you ratcatcher. Will you walk?" Tybalt: "what wouldst thou have with me?" Mercutio: "good king of cats, nothing but one of your nine lives." Tybalt: "I am for you" This shows that Mercutio wasn't going to stop until he got what he wanted and Tybalt realised this so he just gave in. While Tybalt and Mercutio steps in between them to yield them and Tybalt 'accidentally' thrusts his rapier into Mercutio's chest Romeo: "hold, Tybalt good Mercutio!" ...read more.

Conclusion

Friar Lawrence enters the Capulet tomb to find both bodies lying on the dusty floor and the next morning announces the tragedy and tells everyone about the secret marriage outside the palace where both families overhear once again an argument breaks out and once again the prince is summoned and gives a speech. Later, both families agree that if one member of their family set aside their differences then the whole family could too and call a truce and recognise the love Romeo and Juliet shared and allow the bodies to be place side by side in the tomb and mourn the death of all of the victims of their rivalry. My conclusion So the Elizabethan times were hard on everyone and holding grudges only made life harder and I feel the moral of this story is not that love will always win by bringing both involved together and let them forget the differences between them but that in the end love will bring everyone together and allow everyone to set their differences aside to celebrate the love of others.I believe the play left people not sad because of the tragedies involved but overjoyed that the death of two lovers let two feuding families unite and and forget any debts that each family feels they are owed by the other ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Writing to Inform, Explain and Describe section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Writing to Inform, Explain and Describe essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    "Cal" by Bernard Maclaverty Critical essay

    4 star(s)

    the IRA and is therefore isolated because he is suddenly against people like Crilly and Skeffington for not believing what they feel is right. Cal just wants a free Ireland but does not believe killing is the right way to get it.

  2. How does Shakespeare create tension and keep the audiences attention in Romeo and Juliet ...

    By saying he is going to drag her by a 'hurdle' he is implying that she is a villain or a murder as this is what prisoners were dragged to executions with. 'tallow-face' is referring to her crying. He is saying that her face looks waxy, like a candle because of all the tears.

  1. Romeo and Juliet

    This is when she says that speech when she finds out that Romeo killed Tybalt (o serpent hid with a flowering face...o, deceit should dwell in such a gorgeous palace.") Her faith is shaken for a short time. After the nurse agrees with Juliet and starts to criticise Romeo, it

  2. Romeo and Juliet essay

    night around them outside is used to emphasise the sadness and tragedy of the lovers' deaths. Images of light, whiteness or paleness in this play, often appear in connection with ideas of happiness, hope and love. Romeo says 'what light through yonder window breaks?

  1. english essay

    Bulwark of a cloud. And then the guy, Absurdly human phoenix, is again Gulped by greedy flanes: the harvest sky Is flecked with threshed and glittering golden grain. This paragraph is when the firework hits the sky its saying there's clouds and then they introduced guy like guy fawkes next

  2. Gun Crime essay

    On September 17, 1787, the constitution of the United States was finally accepted by the delegates. The second amendment of the USA's constitution states, "A well maintained militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

  1. Lamb Essay

    The inside of the home is painted cold colours like green on the walls with brown lino on the floors. One of the boys who lived at the home described how it was scrubbed clean and dead "like a corpse."

  2. Romeo and Juliet

    This is the world that we live in at the present moment. "But his plaited hair was straw coloured, his eyes a pale blue, and his skin a white skin, bronzed" pg.100 This individual was one who had a mix of cross blood and was not one of the natives.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work