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William Shakespeare examines the concepts of love in the tragic play Romeo and Juliet.

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William Shakespeare examines the concepts of love in the tragic play Romeo and Juliet; this is show by the way Romeo's character develops throughout various scenes in the play. Set in Verona 'Romeo and Juliet' conveys a tragic tale about true love and its difficult circumstances, with the themes of love, hatred and fate to evoke a feeling of empathy for Romeo and Juliet, at their time of need. I will be examining the presentation of Romeo throughout key scenes in the play and analysing the impact of certain events. The initial brawl between the Montagues and Capulets in Act1 Scene1 introduces the two families in the play as being vindictive and resentful. Tybalt, Juliet's cousin, obviously hates the Montagues and stands out as being malicious and spiteful. While Romeo, who was not present at the initial brawl, seems distanced from his family and their hatred toward the Capulets. Shakespeare does this to allow the audience to see Romeo as a loving and peaceful person. When the audience first begin to see Benvolio questioning his cousin Romeo about why he has been 'so secret and so close', he seems to be thoughtful and unaware of time from his remark 'Is the day so young?' ...read more.

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The use of imagery such as 'And fire-eyed fury be my conduct now' illustrates Romeo anger towards Tybalt and underlines his mental decline as he loses control of himself. Tybalt seems unnerved by Romeo's anger and is eager to fight with him, from his line 'Thou, wretched boy, that didst consort him here, Shalt with him hence'; this indicates Tybalt brutality of his lack of remorse for his actions to the audience. Romeo decides to avenge Mercutio's death and carries on fighting Tybalt at the expense of losing Juliet, as he knows he would be banished or put to death for his actions, but nevertheless he continues to kill Tybalt, fuelled by his rage and anger. This act of reprisal cost him dearly as he soon realises he has risked losing his wife Juliet. The audience now begin to see Romeo in a deep state of depression as he realises his future with Juliet is now uncertain. Romeo remark 'O, I am fortunes fool' underlines the extent of his actions as he begins to see himself as a victim of destiny, since he knows his actions that night will have consequences and he could end up never seeing Juliet again. ...read more.

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to stress that Romeo believes that even death cannot take away Juliet's beauty, so death chooses to be her lover. The audience now begin to see that Romeo is realising that fate was against the marriage between him and his beloved wife Juliet 'shake the yoke of inauspicious stars from this world-wearied flesh' this emphasises Romeo's mental state as he is mentally and physically tierd and his knowledge that fate was against the unity of the Capulet and Montague families'. The audience, realising the tragic irony of Romeo death, now see love as an overwhelming and cruel emotion. They also begin to acknowledge that the dramatic purpose of Romeo's last soliloquy was to evoke sympathy for Romeo and illustrate how a feud can never solve any situation. Through Shakespeare's presentation of Romeo we have acquired the knowledge of how can love influence and manipulate someone without them fully knowing. I myself have learnt that love can be intoxicating, as you cannot control how you feel towards someone else. Furthermore I have leant of how fate can never be changed or manipulated by love, even though Romeo and Juliet went to any extent to be with one another. Romeo and Juliet Derrick Gachiri 1 ...read more.

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