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William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford upon - Avon in 1564 and died on 1616. He was fascinated by language, he wrote some of the most extraordinary stories one of which was Romeo + Juliet. Shakespeare turned it into the ultimate love story, which was based on a poem by Arthur Brooke. Shakespeare brilliantly transformed whatever he worked on. He changed a dull piece of work into something wild and imaginative. Fate and freewill went on throughout the play. It was troubling Romeo and Juliet all the time. In Shakespeare's time the Elizabethan audience were both religious and superstitious people. They have understood about fate and freewill. Some say that Romeo + Juliet's death was hanging in the stars and others say that they died because of their actions. Shakespeare also made his characters speak of fate, for example in act 1 scene 5 when Romeo says "I fear too early, for my mind misgives some consequence yet hanging in the stars." Fate is mentioned at the very start of the play: "a pair of star-crossed lovers." Shakespeare loved to play with words and even invent new ones. He was very creative with language and you will still hear his language to this very day. For example "star-crossed lovers" and "if love be blind." He created an atmosphere by using words and putting them together to make an aggressive, fearful, joking atmosphere. ...read more.


In act1 scene 4 Romeo reminds the audience of fate and premonition. "I fear too early, for my mind misgives some consequence yet hanging in the stars." This is ironic because he dies and makes this harsh decision in going to this party. In act 1 scene 5 Romeo adores Juliet and is entranced by her beauty. He is an immature juvenile who is just infatuated. Tybalt is outraged that a Montague should dare gatecrash Capulet's party. Tybalt stirs things up; Capulet stops it going any further. Tybalt threatens to get Romeo, which is fate. Romeo gets to talk to Juliet and realises Juliet is a Capulet. They are both in love with each other. Juliet's says, "my grave is like to be my wedding bed," which is ironic and is fate. In act 2 scene 2 Romeo and Juliet are both besotted. They both exchange vows of love and they want to get married. Is this love or just an act of mindless infatuation? Juliet is making a rash decision in marrying him. In act 2 scene 3 Romeo seeks help from friar Lawrence. The friar gives Romeo stupid advice because he agrees to marry them hoping it will end the feud, but he is wrong this makes things worse. From now on it is pivotal. " For this alliance may be so happy prove to turn your households' rancour to pure love." ...read more.


Romeo now wants to kill himself because he thinks his lover is dead. After hearing this news Romeo says, " is e'en so? Then I defy you stars!" later on friar John tells how an unlucky mischance prevented him delivering friar Lawrence's letter to Romeo. This is fate. Friar Lawrence determines to break into the Capulet's monument to be with Juliet when she awakes. In the last scene act 5 scene 3, Romeo arrives at the tomb before friar Lawrence (fate). Romeo sits beside Juliet and imagines that death wants Juliet as a lover, so he drinks the potion. Friar Lawrence eventually arrives and finds Romeo dead. Juliet awakens and prefers to join Romeo in death and stabs herself in front of the friar. The Montague and Capulet quarrel is what caused the death of their children. So Montague and Capulet make up their quarrel. Several people died before they finally made up their ancient grudge. Was this the greatest love story ever? Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet is full of love, hate, life and death. He creates an excellent atmosphere with his creative writing. Fate also played a big part in this play as I have explained, but was it fate? You can now see why this play was such a success in Shakespeare's time and all the way through to our time. Maybe Romeo + Juliet will never be forgotten and always be the ultimate love story. Romeo and Juliet essay 1 Gurmik Brainch ...read more.

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