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  1. 'Romeo is changed radically by his love for Juliet'. How far do you agree with this statement?

    Certainly, there are ways in which Romeo has indeed changed as a result of his love for Juliet. One distinct way Shakespeare depicts this change is through the improvement in Romeo’s writing and poetry. When the audience first meets Romeo, he is infatuated with Rosaline and presented as a cliched Petrarchan lover, where his feelings were not reciprocated. In his first verse, in Act 1 Scene 1, he speaks in rhyme with the couplets including ‘still’ and ‘will', 'create’ and ‘hate’, and ‘is’ and ‘this’. Romeo expresses his emotions in a series of oxymorons such as ‘O brawling love’ and ‘O loving hate’.

    • Word count: 1571
  2. Tybalt and Anger in "Romeo and Juliet".

    Tybalt is presented as a violent, provocative, yet justified character within this extract as his intense anger for the Montagues begun from his love for his family. During Tybalt and Capulet?s conversation in this extract, Tybalt constantly refers to violence and anger, allowing Shakespeare to present ideas common in the Elizabethan society, as Tybalt?s violence is due to his revenge because Romeo has attended the Capulet party uninvited, however, Tybalt?s anger could also be triggered because he has a deep love towards his family, therefore the ?ancient grudge? mentioned in the Prologue has an immense effect on his actions.

    • Word count: 624
  3. How does Shakespeare present conflict at the start of Romeo and Juliet

    Therefore right at the start of the scene he calls them ?profaners?. This is very emotive language and helps to underline the Prince?s contempt for both of the families and their conflict. The audience when they hear language like this will then associate both families as being not being very religious and being opposed to God and His purposes. The contempt that the Prince and the audience is supposed to feel for both of the fighting families is further emphasised in the description of their swords as ?neighbor-stained steel?. Clearly what the Prince is trying to highlight here is that both families are behaving in a very selfish immature way and are showing an unchristian regard for their neighbours.

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