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Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

Published: 1590s

Country: United Kingdom

Publisher: Thomas Creede

Romeo and Juliet is probably the most famous literary love story in the world. Even people who’ve never read or seen the play know the names of the two main characters. When Shakespeare wrote the play more than 400 years ago, arranged marriages were far more common than romantic love and would continue to be so for a long time.

The play takes a radical, and modern, approach to male/female relationships, without being sentimental. It is after all a tragedy. What destroys the two lovers is not the hasty, impulsive nature of their love, but the fact that, because of the loathing their two families have for one another, they are never allowed to love freely or openly.

The play continues to resonate in the 21st century, because human beings still create seemingly unbreakable barriers of class, creed, race, or sexuality between their children, and Juliet’s words still echo: “‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy.”

Romeo and Juliet Essays

Have a read of these hand picked essays to give you some ideas and inspiration for your coursework.

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How does Shakespeare use imagery in his play Romeo and Juliet to intensify the drama, create atmosphere and illuminate the central themes?

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By using a variety of metaphors, dramatic irony, use of figurative language and his explanation of poetic forms he conveys meaning and character excellently. He incorporates

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Although centuries old Romeo and Juliet is still relevant today. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

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Although centuries old Romeo and Juliet is still relevant today. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? I strongly agree with this statement the reason being,

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How Does Shakespeare Use The Idea Of Opposition As A Dramatic Device In 'Romeo and Juliet'? What Are The Effects Of These Techniques?

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Shakespeare uses an immense amount of opposition in the play, 'Romeo and Juliet'; this creates dramatic impact. The oppositions have a major effect on the...

Romeo and juliet- Themes

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Themes Shakespeare uses a number of methods and themes to illustrate the atmosphere in this play. He uses the methods and themes to make the play more effective and motivating.

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Examine the role of women in Romeo and Juliet, and explore the role of women in 16th century society

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Women had a specific place in society, and they were expected to conform to expectations of their positions. Women were owned by their husbands, and had little...

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William Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet in the 16th century

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Not every Montague shared in the intense hatred for caplets. Romeo Montague was quite the opposite; he was infatuated with Rosaline, a Capulet. However Rosaline...