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    Compare and contrast the images of love in: Act I Scene V, Act II Scene II and Act V Scene III

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    This helps to make the imagery stronger and more meaningful. Setting a play in different country was also quite common at the time, and Shakespeare set many of his other plays abroad as well, for example, Hamlet and The Merchant Of Venice. Setting the play in an exotic, foreign location also would have appealed to the audience at the time. At the time, plays were the only way which people could learn about other places as they could not travel easily.

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    How Shakespeare portrays Romeo and Juliet in Act 2 Scene 2

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    The use of celestial imagery and mythological references are common throughout the play to present and convey the feeling and views that one has of another. It was common for past cultures to explain the celestial objects with myths as there was very little understanding about them. ?It is the east and Juliet is the sun! Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, Who is already sick and pale with grief, That thou her maid art more fair than she: Be not her maid since she is envious; Her vestal livery is but sick and green And none but

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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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    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.

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    How does Shakespeare convey the theme of love and conflict in the Prologue, Act 1 Scene 5, Act 3 Scene 2 and Act 3 Scene 5 of 'Romeo and Juliet'?

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    of conflict is actually stronger than that of love, since for every phrase relating to love there are about three phrases relating to conflict. Other themes in the Prologue are for example the theme of family or the theme of the passing nature of life. The language of the Prologue is very dramatic, because of the use of strong words and phrases, such us ''mutiny'', ''blood'', ''star-cross'd lovers'' or ''piteous''. Itself, it is a type of foreshadowing, of which the Prologue is full (such us yet quoted extracts about the basic events in the story).

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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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    'How is Love Presented in Romeo and Juliet in Acts - 1 Sc 5; 2 Sc 2 and 3 Sc 5.

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    And as soon as Romeo is allured by the presence of Juliet, the audience may worry that Romeo will be in potential danger, the audience soon find out that he has dropped his 'love' towards Rosaline quickly when he figuratively expresses it to Juliet, even before he knows her at all. From the first line of Romeo's description of Juliet he refers to light,"O she doth teach the torches to burn bright." Romeo does this from the first line in-order to emphasise how Juliet's beauty shimmers brighter than the torches at the party.

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    In Act 3 Scene 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet', Shakespeare uses language to make the fight scene dramatic. How does Baz Luhrmann draw on this and use other devices to create tension for his audience?

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    Later that day the Montagues, the family of Romeo, invade the Capulets', the family of Juliet, party. As the Montagues invade the party, Romeo wanders off to find Juliet; the two instantly fall in love. That night Romeo and Juliet meet and swear their love for each other, at this point no-one knows about Romeo and Juliet as their families are sworn enemies. The next day Romeo and Juliet get married by the Friar however, only Romeo, Juliet and the Friar know about this marriage. Shakespeare has set the structure of the play like this because it causes a sudden change from hate to love.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Therefore Shakespeare has to convince the audience that the action is real, which he achieves through the strength of the images that he employs. In Act 1, scene 5, Shakespeare uses a wide range of imagery to convey the meaning. Throughout this scene there is a range of very religious image. Romeo talks of Juliet as if she is holy, as if he sees her as the Virgin Mary. Catholicism was illegal at this time and religion was an Elizabethan obsession so suggestions that Juliet was like the Virgin Mary were not sacrilegious.

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