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    How does Shakespeare convey strong emotion in act 1 scene 5

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    He also says the she is 'Like a rich Jewel in an Ethiop's ear'. This shows how Juliet stands out compared with all of the other girls including Rosaline. By using this simile, Shakespeare introduces an aspect of preciousness to love; the jewel to a poor African would be very treasurable and if he's not careful then the jewel or Juliet could be taken away from him i.e. by Paris. Shakespeare purposefully makes references to the physical attributes of Juliet that attract Romeo as it conveys a youthful and very physical love that requires maturity.

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    How does Shakespeare Present the Theme of Love in Romeo and Juliet?

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    On the following line Romeo says 'A madness most discrete.' (Line 187.) This line shows love in another light - as madness. Romeo feels that he is being driven mad by his love for Rosaline. The portrayal of Romeo's love changes entirely when, at the Capulet party, Romeo meets Juliet. When Romeo sees Juliet for the first time he begins to speak of Juliet's beauty. He says 'She doth teach the torches to burn bright,' (Line 41 I v.) This shows how Romeo feels about Juliet and how he throws away his love for Rosaline.

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    Conflict in Romeo and Juliet

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    As the two lovers are on separate sides so should hate each other. Conflict is shown in the fact that the two lovers should hate each other. Character?s actions and words tell us a lot about conflict in Romeo and Juliet. I have chosen to explore Romeo, Juliet and Tybalt?s actions. Romeo?s name suggests the word romance so we can tell he will have a connection with love through the play. In Act 1scene 1, Romeo is moaning about not having his love for Rosaline requited to Benvolio. ?Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast.? (pg 53, line 180)

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    Directing Act 1 Scene 5 (Romeo & Juliet)

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    Just after, they've both fallen deep in love with each other, they find out they're supposed to be enemies. Another big event is when Tybalt sees Romeo and wants to fight him, but he is stopped by Capulet. I think an important part of the scene, is how Romeo and Juliet's love contrasts with Tybalt anger and hate in the same scene. When Romeo first sees Juliet, he uses a metaphor when speaking to her '"She doth teach the torches to burn bright."

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    Explore the relationships between Romeo and his parents and Juliet and her parents. Consider the dramatic devices used by Shakespeare as they are presented to the audience. Discuss the social and historical context within the play is set?

    In the history of plays/stories they are all based around the same kind of subjects and there are only about 7 original stories. It is a world of hate and bound to end the same way. Their love is impossible and the innocence of youth is destroyed throughout the story. Shakespeare has moments of humour in even his most tragic plays. The relationships in general are very important, it shows a lot about relationships in real life, maybe just not as tragic.

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  6. Directing the Balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo's movement and gesture is an important aspect of the scene as his big elegant footsteps create a huge amount of tension, Romeo shows his love for Juliet has reached the highest level and he is keen to be with her as soon as possible. Romeo's slow and tender movement is seen as romance in the audience's eyes. This piece of work is vital for a prosperous scene. Romeo's movements should be as superior as a royal feast. The test for Romeo is troublesome but once you complete the test of movement then you feel the proud glory within yourself.

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  7. Who is responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet? - my short play script

    -Postwoman] [Steven Bendell - Apothecary] [Georgia Murphy -Friar Lawrence]

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  8. Love is l**t. Upon reading the play, Romeo and Juliet, readers could clearly determine the kind of relationship shared by the two main characters. Shakespeares famous tragic play shows the lustful relationship that transpired between Romeo and Ju

    Immaturity, inconsistent love, and attraction based solely on physical attraction explain the lustful desires shared by Romeo and Juliet. There is no real love at a young age. Adults have different views about love from teenagers. During the period of adolescence, we misinterpret love with infatuation. Innocent little Juliet is still "a stranger in the world" (I.v.8) and according to her father, "She hath not seen the change of fourteen years" (I.ii.9). It tells the reader that since Juliet is still fourteen, she does not know anything about love and marriage. This idea does not only concern Juliet but also Romeo.

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  9. Sonnet 116. Sonnet 116 and the play of Romeo and Juliet can relate as sonnet 116 is about love and how love doesn't fade away not matter what the obstacles are

    Shakespeare starts the sonnet by saying that he is not trying to talk down on love or discourage anyone who thinks they have it. "Let me not to the marriage of true minds / Admit impediments". This quote tells me that one of the aspects of true love is that it does not weaken over time. This means that no matter how long you're in love together, it will never fade as it might last an eternity."Love is not love/which alters when it alteration finds".

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  10. Comparison of Romeo between play and film.

    This is shown when he removes his mask and throws it into the water basin, revealing his face at the Capulet party; it is then followed by a close up shot of the mask. Using the close up makes the mask look larger, symbolising its importance in Romeo's character development and Romeo's lack of care for his family name. Furthermore the mask portrays the Montague family, and how they covered Romeo's real identity and feelings all his life In both the film adaptation and the play, Romeo's maturity is seen to be improving particularly after marrying Juliet.

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  11. What Do We Learn of Romeo and Juliet from their Famous Balcony Scene in Act 2, Scene 2?

    The vendetta is many generations old and by the year in which the play is set, the Montagues and the Capulets are taught to hate each other since the moment they are born. Romeo and Juliet did not start the vendetta nor were alive when the vendetta began, and so they cannot be blamed for it, or technically their love. However, the couple do not help matters by repeatedly meeting each other. They are guilty in that respect as Romeo avoids Benvolio and Mercutio when they are talking about him in Act 2 - Scene 1, and Juliet talks to Romeo at length from her balcony and keeps on returning to say goodbye to him.

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  12. Who is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet Essay

    In this way, it can be seen that there are several people who are to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Firstly, Romeo was at fault for loving so quickly and thinking it was true over that would last forever. Even through the Montague's and the Capulet's were enemies Romeo still went forth with everything he did, such as sneaking into Juliet's house and professing his love to her 'Th'exchange of they love's faithful vow for mine' (II.ii.125).

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  13. In this essay I will analyse how Romeo's use of language show the strength of his feelings.

    He seems annoyed by how love has deceived him because he calls it "weak" and "childish". However, when Romeo uses imagery to describe Juliet, it sounds like he is be-witched by her Goddess-like beauty. "Juliet is the sun", Romeo seems to believe that Juliet is above everything else and feels that she is out of his reach. When Romeo uses celestial imagery, he refers to Juliet as the "sun", so everything revolves around her because she is the light and the centre of his world like how the sun is to the solar system.

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  14. How I would stage Act 3 Scene 1 Lines 33-86

    He feels intimidated by team Capulet as they are a fierce team who play rough. Bonvolio does not say this line very loudly but he directs it at Mercutio and the rest of the team. In the next line (By my heel, I don't care.), Mercutio is sighing. He acknowledges them, but he really doesn't want to play against them. He is not intimidated by them either, unlike Bonvolio. In line 73 Tybalt says (What wouldst thou have with me?). He delivers this line being really confident in himself. He believes that Mercutio is not a threat and could be beat down easily. Tybalt has a history of fighting and is known for starting fights.

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  15. Who is to Blame for the death of Romeo & Juliet: Friar Lawrence, Tybalt or Lord Capulet

    Romeo & Juliet's death could have been prevented, if they were not brought together. The first mistake the Friar made was bringing them together. This mistake leads them to their death. "For, by your leaves, you shall not stay alone." "Till holy church incorporate two in one." None of the deaths would have occurred if they weren't married. He speaks as though he is a gift from God, and he is higher positioned then the rest of the characters. Even after the death of Mercutio and Romeo's banishment, the ignorant Friar continues to bring the lovers together. He devises a hasted plan to fake Juliet's death, as she was about to committed suicide herself.

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  16. Romeo and Juliet Fate? Some say this ending is inevitable due to fate, and some say the two lovers have the power to change their destiny. Can this pair of lovers escape their fate?

    Can this pair of lover escape their fate? Due to three main points, including Romeo and Juleit's family fued, their personalities and time, it is my strong conviction that Romeo and Juliet are strongly controled by fate, and there is nothing they can do. Firstly, due to fate, Romeo and Juliet are born in two families which are continuously in rivalry. Due to an unstated reason, there is a strong family feud between the Montagues and Capulets. As these two families hate each other a lot, there is little chance for both families to allow and approve of Romeo and Juliet's relationship.

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  17. By referring in detail in Romeo and Juliet to Act 3 Scene 5; describe Juliet's changing emotions in this scene.

    Juliet returns to her sagacious self, understands that Romeo must 'be gone and live' or 'stay and die'. The alternative is not an option for her, being a rational person. As he leaves, she becomes distressed because she sees Romeo "as one dead in the bottom of a tomb." The dramatic irony and diction creates tension as the audience knows what is meant by this. The diction 'one' refers to Romeo, indicating that he will die before her and their relationship will not work as it takes two people to make it work.

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  18. How does Shakespeare make Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective?

    His speech about Juliet is in a completely different form of writing than the rest. This change in text tells the audience that Romeo is truly tempted by Juliet's beauty. The audience can also see rhyme being used in Romeo's speech. "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon cheek of night As a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear, Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear". This use of rhyme makes the scene effective because the audience can see the contrast between prose and poetry, that is used in the text.

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  19. Rome and Juliet - Act 3 Scene 5

    Lady Capulet comes up to Juliet's room to tell her she is to marry Paris. Romeo, at this point had just left through Juliet's window after being warned by Juliet's nurse that Juliet's mother was on her way up to her room. Lady Capulet thought it was best for Juliet to marry Paris as Lady Capulet cares about Juliet. She thinks she knows what's best for Juliet all the time. Juliet was already married to Romeo and was in love with him but her mother doesn't know this and insisted that she is to marry Paris.

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  20. Romeo and Juliet - Act 3 Scene 5

    Romeo and Juliet would die for each other because they are in love so much. Juliet has some very strong relationships with certain characters in the film. Obviously, her main relationship and love goes to Romeo as she is married to him and they want to be together so desperately. But besides Romeo, Juliet has relationships with other people too. These people are Lord Capulet and Lady Capulet (Juliet's parents), and the Nurse. The Nurse has looked after Juliet ever since she was a baby and cares for her passionately. Lady Capulet comes to Juliet's room to tell her she is to marry Paris, just a Romeo had left the room after being warned by the Nurse that Juliet's Mother was coming.

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  21. Who Do You Think Was Most Responsible for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

    have to suffer for what they had done to everyone PRINCE: 'If ever you disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace' His statement has a strong language. In his statement he says on will die as punishments which refers if any Capulet or a Montague fight each other they got to die as their punishments. It is also possible that Romeo and Juliet were responsible for their own deaths.

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  22. Julits Dairy

    I've always wanted to wear this dress as it was a present that my mother had given me long ago, yet I never had the chance to wear it. It was a lovely pink dress covered in sequences and flowers. After I was ready I went out of the bedroom, downstairs and walked outside, a beautiful carriage was waiting for me, ready to take me away. I stepped on to the carriage and looked back to see my nurse smiling and waving to say goodbye.

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  23. Explore the ways in which Shakespeare shows that Romeo and Juliet live in a patriarchal society?

    Women, on the other hand were expected to produce male heirs for the family and be housekeepers. Act 1 scene 1 begins with two minor characters in the play. In the conversation between the Capulet servants, Shakespeare uses s****l innuendo, "Tis true; and therefore women, being the weaker vessels are ever thrust to the wall" . This shows the patriarchy in the minds of men and that men know they have a higher status than women. Samson must believe that he has a greater strength than women or else he would not believe that he could thrust the Montague maids to the wall.

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  24. My Staging of Act 3, Scene 1. Set in 1916 in Geneva, Switzerland during World War I. It is at a ball and everyone is dancing peacefully

    The peaking point of this scene is the death of Mercutio; this death was so tragic as he was seen as the entertainer and the fact that he was involved with either one of the feuding houses adds to the emotion of his death. It could be said that his death was the turning point of the play, as from is death onwards Romeo was seen as 'Fortunes fool.' Scene Directions (The audience are scattered around the room at first, but as the argument begins they move towards the edge of the room so that the focus is upon the action.

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  25. Act I scene 5. As the events unfold, the audience is introduced to the pivotal party scene where Tybalts character continues in a similar way to disrupt and add pace to the play.

    He starts speaking lengthy and tries to describe her beauty "for I ne'er saw true beauty till this night" this suggests that he completely forgets about his love for Rosaline. Tybalt's entrance to the scene changes and quickens the pace of the play from romantic and quiet to angry and furious.

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