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  1. The dramatic impact of Romeo and Juliet in Act 3, scene 5.

    This scene contains a multitude of emotions, from the love and harmony to the drama and desperation. The scene is very powerfully filled with high tension and lots of action and it is this immense dramaticy which has a significant impact on the audience. It reveals to the audience a lot about the morals and values of the characters; Juliet changes completely in this scene. No longer do we see the sweet, naive, obedient girl who respects and obeys her parents, we perceive a strong, tough young woman who has alienated herself from the only adults she knew and is willing to die than obey them.

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  2. Many modern critics have suggested that by the end of the play the audience may feel Juliet is a stronger character than Romeo. Do you Agree?

    He speaks in riddles, he complicates things using his rehearsed oxymorons. He is very vague at times and at frequently appears to be infatuated by Juliet, this makes him come across as insecure and confused. However, he shows signs of strength as well. The simple fact of him being there is a sign of great strength and faithfulness for Juliet. He has risked his life to see her and is seemingly willing to die for her. This could be considered a sign of genuine, true love. Juliet on the other hand is in control.

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  3. What Impact does Italy Being A Patriarchal Society have On The Characters Of Romeo And Juliet?

    In the tradition of a patriarchal society, Capulet arranges a marriage between County Paris and his daughter Juliet. Her father does not know that she has already been married so this only makes matters worse. So that she can avoid marrying Paris and stay with Romeo, Juliet takes a potion from the Friar that will make her appear dead for 24 hours. She takes the potion. The following morning Capulet and his family grieve and bury her in the family tomb whilst the Friar sends a letter to Romeo explaining how the both of them can escape forever.

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  4. How far are Romeo and Juliet victims of events too far beyond their control?

    going to the party. To prevent themselves from being found out, they wear masks to cover their faces. Before Romeo goes into the party he has a feeling that if he goes in something bad will happen to him - "I have a soul of lead, so stakes me to the ground I cannot move." -Romeo is having a premonition that if he does go to the party then something bad will happen to him. I think that this is an example of fate, as Romeo does end up going to the party, and something bad does happen to him.

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  5. Romeo and Juliet-Media Essay- A Comparison of the two film adpatations

    Baz Luhrmans version starts off with a shot of a TV with a news report on. The camera then slowly zooms into the TV screen until the resolution of the TV screen matches the resolution of the actual movie. The news report is basically the prologue being read out. The director does this to differentiate his new and modern version from the old Franco Zeffireli version. The actual movie also starts with the production company name twentieth century fox which together with the news report shows us that this version of the play is new and modern.

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  6. Examine the themes of love and hate in Act 1, scene 5 of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"

    Romeo's original intention of attending the Capulet's ball was only to see Rosaline. But he forgets her entirely once he catches a glimpse of Juliet. "Did my heart love till now?" Romeo wondered if he had ever truly been in love before he laid his eyes on Juliet. This gives us the impression that Romeo is someone who falls in and out of love easily. As Romeo claimed that he was infatuated with Rosaline at the beginning of the play.

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  7. romeo and juliet

    "Will thou be gone? It is not yet near day, It was the nightingale and not the lark That piece did pierce the fearful hollow of thine ear" This line highlights the reluctance and disbelief of Romeo and Juliet. It is now day time and therefore they must be separated as they can only be together at night. Defiant against this they say it was the 'nightingale' a bird of night that sang its song and not the 'lark' of day.

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  8. Violence and Conflict are Central to 'Romeo and Juliet' Discuss this Theme and its Importance to the Play as a Whole

    The tension grows when two members of the Montague family enter the scene and the families clash. However, the way they antagonise each other appears to the audience more like playful banter than the speech that one would say to someone they truly hated. Gregory and Sampson conspire to themselves what they shall do when the Montagues pass, a sign that they are looking for a fight and to bait the Montagues rather than have a just cause. It brings about the view that it is slightly petty and childish; if the aggressive attitude of the Capulets was justified then it is unlikely they would stoop as low as to taunt or catcall but to show a little more gravity.

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  9. Why is Act 1, Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet an effective piece of drama?

    The fuss and the way the servants act with haste, shows the audience that the scene is a party. One of the features that stand out the most is the fact that they speak in prose, because the previous scene was only in verse [...] Good thou, save me a piece of marchpane, and as thou loves me, let the porter let in Susan Grindstone and Nell. (I.v.6-8) Furthermore, they are in a good mood although a bit fussy, which gets the audience in a good mood straight from the beginning.

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  10. In Act 3, scene 5, Juliet finds herself in a terrible predicament. Her father insists that she marry Paris but she is already secretly married to Romeo. Examine the methods that Shakespeare uses to create tension in this part of the play.

    A loving interaction is shown between Romeo and Juliet at the beginning of the scene. Juliet is trying to persuade Romeo not to leave saying that it is still night by referring to the background scenery. "It was the nightingale and not the lark that pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear." Romeo contradicts Juliet saying that it is the ''lark - he bird of morning: It was the lark, the herald of the morn." However Romeo introduces an element of tension, which alerts the audience to the precariousness of their situation, this builds up tension as the audience know that if the couple are caught together, 'nightingale' is a metaphor for night, Romeo will

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  11. Focusing on act 3, scene 5, explore how Shakespeare presents the relationship between Juliet and her family.

    Romeo then killed Tybalt and his punishment was to get banished from Mantua. After this incident, the marriage for the couple is gone even harder, and at this point Juliet wants help from Friar Lawrence, and his plan is to get them both lovers together. In act 3, scene 5, many dramatic events occur between Juliet and her family. After the party the Capulet's had, Romeo comes to Juliet's balcony and they both consummate their marriage, then the nurse comes to warn them about Juliet's mother coming to see her. Romeo at this point has to leave the house immediately.

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  12. Examine the different types of love presented in Romeo & Juliet and explain the dramatic purpoamatic purpose for the inclusion se for the inclusion of each type.

    There reason Shakespeare has included so many different types of love is because, apart from Romeo and Juliet's love, all of the other types of love are not pure and perfect like theirs. In the first act, the audience can see Romeos first love, which is Rosaline. He has a very changing attitude about her, for a while he talks of her beauty, 'And she's fair I love.' But then talks about how she is stupid for staying chaste, 'she hath Dian's wit.'

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  13. Both act 1, scene 5 and act 2, scene 2 relate Romeo and Juliet(TM)s first meeting and declarations of love to the rest of the play. Shakespeare has achieved this through foreshadowing events that are yet to come, introducing or reusing imagery th

    The shared sonnet between Romeo and Juliet, therefore, creates a formal link between their love and their destiny. With a single sonnet, Shakespeare finds a means of expressing perfect love and linking it to a tragic fate, reminding us of the events in store for the young lovers. Within the scene, the Capulets are holding a great feast, which Romeo is attending without invitation, in the hope that he might see Rosaline, the girl with whom he is infatuated, however, Rosaline's love is unrequited and has left Romeo in a state of great sorrow. From across a crowded room, Romeo sees Juliet and claims to have never loved until that moment, 'never have I felt true love til this night!".

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  14. Romeo & Juliet

    It seems obvious that even though he has found her a suitor, he is reluctant to let go of her completely, which is why he delays the marriage. Although Capulet initially wanted to postpone the wedding, Tybalt's death meant that he decided a celebration was needed to lift everyone's spirits. Even though he has not had an opportunity to talk to Juliet about getting married, he says with confidence that the wedding will happen, and even organises a day and place with Paris.

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  15. The Shakespeare Unit - Examine the Different Views of Love Presented in Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Discussing the Dramatic Reasons for their Inclusion

    This unrequited love makes Romeo feel as if he is not himself and very depressed. This courtly love makes Romeo speak and behave differently as well. He uses elaborate images to convey his feelings and exaggerates his love for Rosaline. He uses artificial language in front of his friends and family. These include oxymorons, which show that he has mixed emotions and fractured, confused thoughts. He has used many positive and negative phrases in his speech: 'O heavy lightness, serious vanity...Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health.' Everything that he does say seems very intellectual, but also sounds forced, as if it is rehearsed.

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  16. Discuss the theme of love in Romeo and Juliet:

    They are willing to fight and, perhaps even die, for the respect and honour of the Capulet's. In the line: 'I do bite my thumb sir.' In this scene we see it carries the love that Tybalt has for his family, the Capulet's. This also shows that Tybalt is a very hot tempered young man who is up for a fight. It is very hard to distinguish whether Tybalt is fighting because he loves his Family or because he wants to fight. 'What drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word, As I hate h**l, all Montague's and thee:' The dispute that takes place between the Capulet's and the Montague begins a city brawl.

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  17. Essay - Romeo and Julliet Act 1, Scene 1 and Act 3, Scene 1

    Those are linked into the play so that dramatic tension and excitement are created for the audience. As the play starts, in Act One, Scene One, there is a dialogue between Sampson and Gregory Capulet, and it is already possible to foresee how violence is always an issue under discussion between the youngsters of the play. 'Enter Sampson and Gregory with swords and bucklers, of the house of Capulet.' (Stage Directions, Act One, Scene One) The odium atmosphere can be seen among the families, as the Capulet boys are talking about a possible fight. They mention that they will not start the fight, but will provoke it.

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  18. How does Shakespeare present the themes of love and hate in Act 1 of Romeo and Juliet?

    An example of unrequited love is portrayed here. This is when love is given but not returned. Another example is family love this is when Lord Capulet speaks proudly of his only Daughter, and describes her as the "centre of his world." However at the same time we could argue that Capulet is a little over protective over Juliet. "She is the hopeful lady of my earth." (Act 1 Scene 2) By using words like "Earth" show how much Juliet really means to Capulet, that she means everything to him, she is the most important person to him.

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  19. Romeo & Juliet

    Romeo and Benvolio find out about the Capulet feast after they meet a Capulet servant. Although he can't read, he is told to invite guests from a written list. The servant asks Romeo to read aloud what each name says. He sees that Rosaline, the girl he is besotted with is attending. The Capulet then tells them it will be held at the Capulet house. Benvolio is trying to persuade Romeo to get over Rosaline by telling him to look for other attractive women.

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  20. Free essay

    Presentation of love and hate in romeo and Juliet

    There is the paternal love that Friar Lawrence shows towards Romeo, and to a lesser extent, Juliet, and there is the deep true love that blossoms between Romeo and Juliet. Also, there is Romeo's love with the idea of being in love and Juliet's love for her own pure, angelic self image. If marriage has anything to do with love then Juliet is the willing and loving bride of death. There are several quotations throughout the play that add a sense of the macabre, such as when Juliet had almost kissed Romeo at the Capulets ball, she remarks 'If he be married, / My grave is like to be my wedding bed' (I.5.134-5).

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  21. Romeo and Juliet- how does the use of language have an effect on the audience in act 3 scence 5?

    However Romeo realises that should he stay in Verona any longer then he will be killed: "I must be gone and live, or stay and die." When Romeo says this, he is hinting at more disruption in the near future. It reminds the audience that despite the fact that Romeo and Juliet have made their declaration of love for each other, their relationship will always be difficult to maintain (due to Romeo being banished and the family rivalries). This gives the scene a slightly tenser atmosphere underneath the couple's love for one another, which the audience would pick up on.

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  22. Romeo and Juliet

    This hate is indirect and impersonal, just a hate to anyone to belongs to the opposing family. 'From ancient grudge break to new mutiny', this shows that this feud is ancient and ongoing. However the hate that Tybalt has for Romeo is personal. I will be looking more at how Shakespeare explores the themes of love and hate through the words of his characters, Romeo and Juliet. In Act 1, Scene 1 we see Romeo talking about love, or what he thinks is love for the first time.

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  23. In this essay I will be writing about how I would direct Shakespeares play Romeo and Juliet. My focus will be mainly on Act 1 Scene 5, when the protagonists Romeo and Juliet first meet.

    Because both families are running for mayor this would in addition represent the equal status they have. My adaptation would appeal to teenagers and younger adults; to make it appeal to them I would make it comical. To make it humorous I would have all of the actors as men, I believe that by doing this it would also link to the actual play because in Shakespearean times all actors were men because women were minors compared to the more dominant and important men. To make the adaptation relevant I would change the age of Romeo and Juliet; this is because in the original they would have been around 13.

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  24. Consider how Act 1 of Romeo and Juliet sets up what will happen to the star crossed lovers

    In Elizabethan times when Romeo and Juliet was written astronomy was an important belief for regular Elizabethan theatre goers, and if your stars "crossed" with someone else this meant that something bad is going to take place, in Romeo and Juliet's case it was foretold in the stars that their deaths are inevitable because of their relationship. Already the sense of foreboding and images of death are lingering in the play and the minds of the audience. Later in Act one the hints of death linger on in the play as Romeo says: "My grave is like to be my wedding bed," which hints towards the ending.

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    Daughters belonged to their fathers, until they were given away in marriage. They would have arranged marriages, to make sure their child had a suitable husband or wife many matches were based on money and power. Religion was also included, as worshipping in different ways would cause conflict. When comparing this to the 21st century parents still want the best for their children, but certainly aren't as strict about people falling in love and even marriage. Religion still can have a knock on effect on relationships and r****m can occur.

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