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  1. Shakespeare: relationships between men and women in Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing

    Also, ?Do with their death bury their parents' strife,? suggests that these lovers will mend the quarrel between their families by dying. This is dramatic irony as the audience at that point would be aware of the inevitable fate of the main characters. It is evident that throughout the play there will be death and perhaps even a tragedy that will split the lovers apart ? the rhyme of the prologue splits from ??death-mark'd love? which may literally refer to the splitting of Romeo and Juliet in the play through death.

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  2. How does Shakespeare use conflict in Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 1?

    The audience watching the play would associate a sonnet with love. However the audience is made aware that death and violence are going to be a major part of the play due to very angry, violent and aggressive words; these include ?death?, ?rage? and also ?mutiny?. We are also told that ?from ancient grudge break to new mutiny? which describes a history ?ancient? long standing conflict between the two families. We also learn that there is a ?continuance of the parents? rage? indicating to the audience that this conflict is still on-going and unlikely to be easily resolved.

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  3. How does Shakespeare use dramatic devices in Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet in order to make it such an interesting and important scene.

    restore peace to Verona is for Romeo and Juliet to die, ?who with their death bury their parent?s strife?which but their children?s end nought could remove?. There are also many other themes that run throughout the play such as; enmity, marriage, death and mainly- love. Like all pieces of literature, the play has been influenced by the era it was written in. This scene of the play serves as a reminder for us, a reminder that this play, with all its emphasis on love and romance is based in a patriarchal society, a masculine world where honour, pride, and status are prone to erupt in a fury of conflict.

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  4. How is pride and honour portrayed by the characters Tybalt and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet

    After the wedding Tybalt is seen provoking the Montagues and insisting to start a fight. Eventually Mercutio get stabbed and Romeo pursues his best friend?s murderer, in revenge Tybalt is killed brutally by Romeo. Next the police sentence Romeo to banishment from ?Verona walls?. Meanwhile Juliet is forced into a fixed marriage with a famous, rich lord called Paris. This love is again unrequited, with Juliet having no interest in him. Consequently Juliet goes to Friar Laurence and he gives her a potion to make her look dead on the day of the marriage so when Juliet wakes up she can run away with Romeo.

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  5. What caused the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet?

    He informs Romeo about a party being held at the Capulet?s later on that day. Romeo is first unsure about going, but soon gives in. Although he agrees, before the party Romeo mentions ?I fear, too early: for my mind misgives Some consequences yet hanging in the stars?. This clearly shows that Romeo already knows that something will go wrong for him from that night, and that he?s destined a misfortunate future. Had it not been that Romeo attended the party, he would never have met Juliet, which wouldn?t have led to their ?death marked love?, as mentioned in the prologue.

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  6. Describe what happens in Act 1 Scene 5 and explain why this part of the play is so important

    As the characters show who they really are the audience gets a better understanding about the characters. The scene sets of very hectic and confused. Everyone in the Capulet household is busy as Lord Capulet is stressing out and is shouting as all his servants. This is shown by ?More light, you knaves, and turn the tables up; and quench the fire, the room is grown too hot.? This shows that the party is very unorganised and that it is getting hot due to the numbers of guests.

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  7. Explore the ways in which Romeo and Mercutio are presented in Act 2 Scene 4 and in elsewhere in the play and in the performed version.

    I will be also looking at Lurhmann?s modern film version and Zeferelli?s old version, where Romeo and Mercutio are presented differently. Romeo is a romantic person who takes love seriously. In Act 2 Scene 4, Shakespeare suggests that Romeo has been restored to his normal witty self, which is revealed by his bantering stichomythia with Mercutio, for example, as soon as Romeo mentions ?a most courteous exposition?, Mercutio cuts in and says ?Nay, I am the very pink of courtesy.? The speed of their bantering shows their close relationship as if they understand each other?s thoughts well.

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