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William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet

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William Shakespeare is a famous dramatist. He is world renowned for his plays. His most famous play 'Romeo and Juliet' a play about a pair of young star- crossed lovers. The play is set in the fifteen hundreds (medieval times), the two young lovers get caught up in a family feud and the love story ends in tragedy. The play begins with a prologue in the form of a sonnet which is spoken by an actor. The prologue tells us that the play is set in Italy, in 'in fair Verona.' We are told that two noble houses have had an ancient grudge which has started anew recently, we are told this when it says. 'From an ancient grudge to break new mutiny.' It also tells us that two of the children from these two families are two children whom fall in love but they die which ultimately ends the feuding between their families thus reinforcing my earlier statement 'star-crossed lovers.' The concluding six lines of the prologue tells us how long the play will be and how it will be layed out, on the twelfth line we are told that the play will last two hours. The play commences with two Capulet, servants discussing the feud. It is replete with irony as one of them talks about killing women and as a result of the feud Juliet dies. However the opening scene in the play begins in a light-hearted way. ...read more.


The Prince also comments on the weapons used in the riot by using the word 'mis-tempered.' With this comment he tries to shame the rioters suggesting they are using the weapons for the wrong reason. The Prince also says 'Cankered with peace, to part your cankered hate.' The word 'cankered' is repeated here to show the destructive power of their enmity, suggesting that they are ravaged by it. The Prince also threatens the mob by saying. 'If ever you disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace.' By saying this he wants to threaten the mob, he also says 'forfeit' which means they will be executed. He also tells Lord Capulet to come with him and for Montague to go later to his courthouse. Suggesting they will be executed for disturbing the peace. 'Once more on the pain of death all men depart.' Thus reinforcing my earlier statement that if ever they disturb the peace they shall be punished with death. When the next part of the scene begins we see the mood change dramatically. This part tells us of Romeo whom of late has been secretive. The two contrasting parts of the scene are a metaphor for the plays main themes of love and hate. This part of the play begins with Lord and Lady Montague and Benvolio, discussing the brawl and what had just occurred, Montague asks Benvolio. 'Nephew were you by when it began?' ...read more.


Romeo uses words like. 'Severity and posterity.' To reinforce that because of her strictness she will die alone and childless. At this part of the play Romeo closes by saying. 'Do I live dead, that I live to tell it now.' By saying this he feels dead inside. Benvolio suggests forgetting about her but Romeo expresses that he wants Benvolio to teach him how to forget. Through all of this we can see Romeo is a very romantic character but is lovesick, he is only concerned about his love for Rosaline and is not interested in the feud this is typical of his character throughout the play. Benvolio then suggests looking at other girls but Romeo replies. 'To call hers, exquisite in question more.' He means that she will stand out even more when compared to other girls. 'The precious treasure of his eyesight lost.' Through this it becomes clear to us of the beauty of precious objects in the play. Benvolio then declares that he will prove Romeo wrong. At this point Romeo has not met Juliet however he is about to soon when he and his friends attend a party at the Capulet mansion later that night. Overall the way in which Romeo speaks when he describes his feeling for Rosaline was typical of the way lovers were presented in the Elizabethan poetry and plays. The way he comes withdrawn, praise of his lady, his exaggerated statements and his absolute devotion to her, these descriptions were influenced by the medieval poet Petrarch, who wrote in Italian and he lived in the 1400's. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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