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    Romeo and Juliet - how Juliet develops through the play.

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    In this scene Juliet is also referred to as a lamb: "I bade her come, what lamb." This reference to a lamb means that she is still young, it additionally shows purity. This is important, because later on in this scene they talk about marriage even though Juliet is so young. It also implies she is still in need of guidance. When Romeo arrives uninvited at the masked ball in act 1 scene 5, we start to see a change; this leads to the development of her character because her views on love change and, so does her personality.

    • Word count: 1753
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    Explore the dramatic presentation of love in Romeo and Juliet(TM)

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    The Nurse also links love and s*x throughout the play. This is more marked when she finds out Juliet is to marry Romeo. We can see how excited she is about the physical opportunity for Juliet because she comments immediately on Romeo's physical traits. "...His face be better than any man's". This has links with Mercutio when he talks about Rosaline. Although both Mercutio and the Nurse refer to the s****l act, the Nurse's language is crude and lacks the refinement of Mercutio's wit. Here Shakespeare presents to us a member of the lower classes, deprived from a formal education.

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    romeo and juliet coursework

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    She will do whatever they say as long as they are happy with her and satisfied. However, as the play goes on this obedience will be tested thoroughly after she meets Romeo. In the build up to Act 1 Scene 5 the audience expects Romeo to recover from his love-sickness and try to cheer up, or even find Rosaline at the party and settle differences. They expect Juliet to be looking out for the County Paris, whom her dad has agreed for her to marry, to get to know him better and see what kind of a person he is really like.

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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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    Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night") and he fall's head over heels for her as she does for him, once Romeo and Juliet found out about their parents they knew they couldn't be together but they were so in love and found it hard to resist one another and so the only way they thought was best was to sneak around without their parents knowing. This can be easily link in today's world were people meet at social events such as night clubs or events held by friends or family members, which two young people meet and fall in love with one another and possible get married in the future.

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    Romeo and Juliet as a tragedy of fate.

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    Fate leads the plot from one "chance event" to the next in a closely related sequence. The illiterate servant by pure chance asks Romeo to read him the invitation to the Capulet masque. Romeo and Juliet are joined in union just as Paris coincidentally begins to take an interest in Juliet. Mercutio dies for honor, forcing Romeo to avenge him. By chance Friar John is detained at Mantua, and equally by coincidence does Balthazar chance upon the funeral and hasten to inform Romeo of his wife's death.

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    How does Shakespeare show Romeo's mood change in Act 3 Scene 1. You should consider his language, his actions and how you think the role should be acted.

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    "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night..." Romeo used a metaphor in this sentence, because Juliet doesn't teach the torches to burn brightly, Romeo is actually saying how is so beautiful she is. When Romeo enters in act 3 scene 1 on line 49, he would come onto the stage quickly, almost skipping because he is so happy, he is so happy because he has just married the girl of his dreams, Juliet. We know she is very special to him, because when Romeo saw Juliet he said; "Did my heart love till now?

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    Romeo's letter to his father - Romeo and Juliet.

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    She appeared at her balcony. She gazed into the star night as I looked into her eyes 'Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,' I fell more in love. She spoke 'Ay me!' I muttered to myself 'O speak again, bright angel,' Then she spoke of me 'O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? The next words she spoke would seal my fate, 'Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I'll no longer be a Capulet.'

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    Presentation of love in Romeo and Juliet compared with Pride and Prejudice

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    true beauty till this night.? This is added to in the sonnet that Romeo shares with Juliet (Act 1 Scene V), in which he says, ?My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.? In Shakespeare?s times sonnets were used to express love between two characters in a play to the audience; the words, such as pilgrims, in this sonnet imply that the two lovers love is pure, deep and religious. However, the political difficulties between the two families mean that ?the course of true love ne?er did run smooth? and the ?pair of star-cross?d lovers? are forced to hide their love for each other from those around them.

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    How does Shakespeare make the Balcony Scene and the Death Scene in Romeo & Juliet Dramatically Effective?

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    Unfortunately Romeo and Juliet shows the nasty side of human altercations. These are all things that have been around since forever, so it doesn't matter when it was written, they've always been here and shall continue to be around for as long as mankind can remember. Deep Human emotions do not modernize opposed to the things around us like technology and way of living, so they would be the same in Shakespeare's time as they are today. Shakespeare's memories and stories will continue to be told within the globe theatre, which is still having inpact on modern life, people go

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    Compare and Contrast the characters of Mercutio and Tybalt.

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    He is seen as one of the main characters in the play along with Romeo, Juliet and Tybalt. During the play there are many actions and responses which reveal his true identity. One of these phrases is "I will not budge for no mans pleasure" (act 3, scene 1) from this statement we discover Mercutio can be ignorant, stubborn and silly however during another scene he also says "ay, ay a scratch, a scratch marry 'tis enough" which indicates he can be a joker and humorous. Overall he seems to be loose and "outgoing" but foolish and this weakness later on costs him his life.

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    What makes the opening of Romeo and Juliet so effective?

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    We are shown two enormous skyscrapers with the names Capulet and Montegue in large capital letters on top of them. To reinforce the conflict between the two families Baz Luhrmann starts off by putting the prologue across in numerous ways. First it is read by the news presenter using the original lines written by Shakespeare, and then secondly by a voice over while we are still watching the contrasting things between the two families like the skyscrapers, newspaper headlines and police helicopters.

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    Explain how important Juliet's isolation is in the development of the plot in Romeo and Juliet

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    As a result of Juliet's isolation she is blissfully ignorant of the ways of the world making her quite vulnerable to all she is put through during the play. However, as Romeo and Juliet develops and Juliet becomes the wife of Romeo, she quickly matures into a new person who can think for herself and survive alone. She openly defies the Nurse and her parents. She screams at the Nurse, "[g]o Counselor," and boldly resists her parents' decision for her to marry Count Paris, "[h]e shall not make me there a joyful bride."

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    Romeo and Juliet : Development of Juliet's Character

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    Act 2 Scene 2 is the famous balcony scene of the lovers. In this scene I feel Juliet appears immature although she is in a difficult situation. 'Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?' [Line 35 acts 2 scene 2]. Juliet says this aloud, forgetting anyone could hear her. The way in which she does not tell her family even though in act 1 scene 5 Capulet says, 'Verona brags of him to be a virtuous and well-governed youth.' Although I feel she does behave maturely on occasion, 'What's Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot, nor arm, nor face,' [line 43 act 1 scene 5].

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    How does Shakespeare create tension in Act 3 scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet

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    Shakespeare and the Elizabethan's also were strong believers of superstitions, curses and the idea that the natural world can influence your mood, which is shown when Mercutio is dying and cries out 'A plague O' both your houses.' which is an example of a curse, and yet at the same time Shakespeare uses the intense heat at the start of the scene to build tension. The structure that Shakespeare uses for 'Romeo and Juliet' is clever as it works both before and with act 3 scene 1 to create three main parts that do that: One is the prince's warning

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  15. Explore How Act 1 Scene 5 of Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet is dramatically effective and why it is such a significant scene within the play?

    However, if they found the play boring, or didn't like the acting, they would throw food at the actors, shout abuse or even start fights and try to pull the actors off of the stage. Therefore, the play-writers would try and make their plays as dramatic and effective as possible to keep the audience members entertained. At the start of Act 1 Scene 5 the servants speak informally about all the work they have to do, they are trying to get everything ready for the party.

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  16. Juliet is less developed than Romeo. The play only shows her as the object of admiration and not much of a character herself. Do you agree with this critical opinion?

    At the beginning Juliet is seen as an obedient and compliant person who is used to listening to orders and following her parents every command. This is shown in Act 1 Scene 3 where she responds to her mothers calling with a formal 'Madam, I am here, what is your will?' The word 'madam' shows that Juliet is extremely formal when addressing her mother and doesn't treat her in the way that modern teenagers would treat their mothers. This is understandable because in Shakespearean/Jacobean times daughters were expected to be act proper in front of both their parents especially if they were from a higher class.

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  17. Romeo and Juliet talk to each other in only three scenes in the whole play (Act 1 Scene 5, Act 2 Scene 2, Act 3 Scene 5). Examine the significance of these scenes to the overall play.

    Even though other actors are present at the time Romeos speech is a soliloquy because he is speaking his thoughts out loud, dubbing Juliet a 'snowy dove' amongst 'crows'. Doves have always been praised for their beauty in calling Juliet a 'snowy dove' he is saying the she is exquisitely beautiful outshining the other women who he calls are "crows" repugnant birds. This makes us believe that Juliet who is yet to speak is very striking. Demonstrating his love for her.

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  18. Compare the presentation of Romeo in the play with the same character in the 1996 adaption

    Shakespeare uses hyperboles to further emphasise the fact that Romeo is profoundly in love with Juliet and displays that he is idealistic and passionate about her. The use of dramatic irony in the phrase also creates sympathy for Romeo and shows him in a na�ve way as he describes Juliet as if she should be in heaven which from the audience perspective is ironic as they know that both Romeo and Juliet will die together because of their passion and love for each other.

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  19. Starting with Act 2 Scene 3 how far do you think Friar Lawrence is responsible for the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet?

    He talks about Juliet as being better than everything else. "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright." Before meeting Juliet, Romeo was infatuated with Rosaline. He shows his impulsiveness by seeing Juliet's beauty and instantly falling in love with her. The word 'teach' shows that Juliet hypothetically knows better than the torches how to burn bright. And the use of 'burn bright' shows that she gets rid of all darkness. The audience might think that Shakespeare is trying to imply that Juliet gets rid of the darkness in Romeo, meaning she makes him happy again. Alternately others may think that Shakespeare is trying to suggest that Juliet lights up a room when she walks in.

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  20. How is love presented in the early acts of Romeo and Juliet?

    He is seen walking "underneath the grove of sycamore." Sycamore trees are usually associated with despairing lovers in Elizabethan poetry - he is a typical Elizabethan lover, almost a walking clich�. This is one of the first signs that tells us that Romeo is lovesick - "sycamore" (sick amour - sick in love). He seems to have lost all reason and common sense - when Benvolio tells Romeo to look elsewhere for love and for him to 'examine other beauties' he rejected the idea but, ironically this is what happens and he is married in 24 hours.

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  21. Discuss how Shakespeare uses dramatic devices in Act III, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet to lead the play towards tragedy.

    Fate is an important theme in Romeo and Juliet; this however would be more important to a 16th century audience than a 21st century one. In the sixteenth century superstition was widely and strongly believed in. Act III Scene 1 creates tension and the chain of events towards Romeo and Juliet's death at this point in the play. This is because as the fight scene is after the marriage scene, Romeo is already married and does not want to fight as Tybalt is now his family.

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  22. What is the Significance of Fate and Destiny in Romeo and Juliet?

    As Romeo and Juliet's death may not have affected them, the fact their deaths were due to suicide, would. This would be because suicide was an act against their religion and hence, God. Arranged and approved marriages by the patriarch would have been normal for all classes. This was an expected and traditional part of Elizabethan life. Women had limited roles in society and became either a housewife or a mother. Elizabethan women gave birth on average every two years and were required to. If a woman was not married and did not belong to a patriarch, they would be extremely poor and probably turn to prostitution.

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  23. Analyse the structure of Act One Scene Five and explain its relevance to the whole of Romeo and Juliet

    The family feud goes back years before any of the characters were born, yet it still continues because neither family is ready to forgive and forget the past. "Draw, if you be men. Gregory, remember thy swashing blow." They have been seen fighting in the public streets and displaying violence which involves the townspeople. When Lord Capulet enters and greets the guests, we need to be able to tell that he is powerful, arrogant and people respect him a lot.

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  24. Discuss Shakespeares use of language to compare and contrast love and hate in Romeo and Juliet.

    This line also has a modern relevance to today as it still may occur in language. The prologue gives a brief summary of the whole play and includes an oxymoron: "death-marked love". This provides the reader with contrast because they are so opposite the reader does not expect death to be associated with love. At the start of the play Shakespeare uses language and contrast to create mood and hope for the audience. The first two characters that are introduced at the beginning of the play are a contrast to each other. One is named Benvolio a kind loving character who wants to create peace between the Capulet's and Montague's.

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  25. Explore the ways that Shakespeare makes Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective.

    William Shakespeare was inspired by the historical context and chose to base his play around two families, the Montague's and the Capulet, which were sworn enemies. Romeo from the Montague family and Juliet from the Capulet fell in love without knowing their families were rival, yet the conflict still continued due to the fact their families would never forget their long history of hatred. Marriages in Shakespeare's time were very different compared to now. At that time children had arranged marriages and parents chose partners for them with higher or similar status.

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