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Write a letter to a judge, convincing him/her that your grandson has been framed of murdering a girl.

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet Q) "Here's much to do with hate but more with love." With some reference to other scenes, how does Act 1, Scene 1 set the tone for the rest of the play? A) Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare around the year 1595. During this period of time, England is known as "Elizabeaten England" as Queen Elizabeth I was the queen. At those times, the theatre was the main source of entertainment. The first main point to look at is that, the setting of the play is in "Verona." This adds an exotic flare to the story for the audience because most people had never traveled in Elizabeaten times. The prologue informs the audience of what is going to happen at the ending of the play, "Doth with their death bury their parents' strife." This is done because the audience would already know about the story of Romeo and Juliet and would be more interested in how the play is performed. This also brings in the theme of fate and destiny because, not only does it tell the audience that Romeo and Juliet both die and that there is no way in changing that outcome, but also the use of the word "star crossed" brings in that effect. ...read more.

Middle

Tybalt is a very different character, and in the play, is portrayed as a very fearless and brave, almost heroic character but is also quite offensive and quick to anger. The prince soon steps into the brawl and the people watching the play can see his authority and how he represents justice through the language and imagery of his speech. He calls the families "beasts" and threatens death for anyone who starts another fight. "If you ever disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace." He asserts his authority but ultimately, resorts to violence and therefore brings himself down to the level of the average man. The play suddenly changes its' direction from violence to love. This is done so the play could also appeal to the higher, more sophisticated class. The opening of the play begins with violence to captivate the audiences' attention. Romeo is introduced to us as a confused man who is in love with a woman named "Rosaline." He gives a speech in which he describes his problems to Benvolio which are as if his life has been tipped upside down and that his life has little purpose now. ...read more.

Conclusion

Domestic violence occurs in 'Act 3 Scene 5' when Capulet physically abuses Juliet and in 'Act 3 Scene 1', Mercutio is murdered as a result of the love between Romeo and Juliet. The biggest juxtaposition of the play occurs in 'Act 5 Scene 3' when Romeo and Juliet commit suicide as they can not live with out the love of each other. I think Shakespeare juxtaposes love and violence brilliantly as it not only keeps the audience captivated but also tends and appeals to the more civilized and sophisticated audience. It also shows the personalities of many characters in the play, especially Romeo, showing that he is someone with a very high sense of emotion. It might not be that he is falling in love, rather, just infatuated with the women he sees. 'Act 1 Scene 1' shows this and the personalities of many other characters as well, setting out the basic structure of the play (the juxtaposition of love and violence). In my opinions, Romeo and Juliet was quiet unlike any tragedy of its' time, It was so revolutionary because the play progressed much more by coincidence, bad timing and just categorized bad luck, rather than the characters failing because of their own flaws and going down a path that would inevitably lead to catastrophe. ...read more.

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