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William Shakespeare; Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare's source for the play.

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William Shakespeare; Romeo and Juliet; coursework. Shakespeare's source for the play. Romeo and Juliet had been popular for more than a hundred years by the time Shakespeare wrote his play. The story had appeared as far back as 1467. This told of secret lovers, a killing, banishment, a helpful friar, and a marriage rival. I n Shakespeare's version, it is the adults who must accept responsibility for the fate of their young! History of the play. "Romeo and Juliet" was first performed at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London around 1594. It has been recorded that it was performed many times, making it one of the big successes of the decade. In 1599, the Second Quarto was printed. It is thought to be the version that was taken from Shakespeare's own handwritten manuscript. The play, and the legend of love that the play has become, have been astonishingly popular. ...read more.


People can still fall in love across boundaries of conflict that have arisen in the last 400 hundred years. The play is about young love, which ends in tragedy. The story of Romeo and Juliet is about two families that are always in conflict, The Capulet's and the Montague's. A young man called Romeo; a Montague falls in love with a young lady called Juliet, a Capulet. They meet at a Capulet party and fall in love at first sight. Tybalt finds out there is a Montague at the party. He wants revenge. Romeo and Juliet marry in secret. Only the nurse and Friar Lawrence know about it. Then there is lots of fighting because Tybalt wants revenge against Romeo. Tybalt and Mercutio get killed. Romeo gets banished from the city; Verona. Juliet finds out that her one sweet love will not be allowed to see her. ...read more.


His key actions are creating a party atmosphere in Act1 scene5 and his argument with Tybalt. Key lines spoken are, "Welcome, gentleman! Ladies". This shows that Capulet is creating a party atmosphere. "Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone." This shows that Capulet doesn't Tybalt to ruin the party by picking a fight with Romeo; who Tybalt has spotted as a Montague. "Go to, go to, you are a saucy boy." This shows that Capulet angry at Tybalt for wanting to start a fight with Romeo. Capulet's characteristics are; he is tolerant, he will not tolerate people like Tybalt. He is determined to be obeyed. Capulet is joyful, he is very good at creating the party atmosphere. He has a fiery temper, when he is arguing with Tybalt. For example, "Go to, go to, you are a saucy boy". Capulet's motivation is he wants to show a good impression for Paris because Paris and Juliet are planning to marry. So this is important for Capulet. ...read more.

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