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  1. By referring in detail in Romeo and Juliet to Act 3 Scene 5; describe Juliet's changing emotions in this scene.

    Juliet returns to her sagacious self, understands that Romeo must 'be gone and live' or 'stay and die'. The alternative is not an option for her, being a rational person. As he leaves, she becomes distressed because she sees Romeo "as one dead in the bottom of a tomb." The dramatic irony and diction creates tension as the audience knows what is meant by this. The diction 'one' refers to Romeo, indicating that he will die before her and their relationship will not work as it takes two people to make it work.

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  2. Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time at Capulets ball. How does Shakespeare use language and structure to create tension and excitement in Act1 Scene 5?

    The audience would have believed that the future was predetermined by astronomical events such as the position of stars. It is also a dramatically ironic quote as the audience has some omniscience, Shakespeare does this to constantly remind the spectators of their fateful death, heightening the anticipation and tension within the audience, this also anticipates Romeo's meeting with Juliet and creates an atmosphere of impending doom. Shakespeare goes on to say 'shall bitterly begin his fearful date', again he mentions death, foreshadowing the night's events as if he was conscious of his day of death, this sets up the party scene with an apprehensive but excited audience.

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  3. How would a modern and Elizabethan audience react to the way that Shakespeare portrays the relationship between Juliet and her Mother and Father?

    She has a strained relationship with her mother, who loves her but is rather distant, and her father is more interested in seeing that she marries well and soon rather than her personal happiness. The issue of parental influence begins to develop right from the very beginning of the play, and particularly the strength of influence over girls. I think we can see right from the very start of the play (in Act 1 Scene 2) that Juliet's Lord Capulet appears to passionately care for and value his daughter.

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  4. With close Reference to the Language of Specific Characters, Explore the Different Attitudes to Love Presented throughout Romeo and Juliet

    The word "vessels" here implies that women are only suitable to carrying children, again demonstrating to the audience that Sampson and Gregory regard women as being inferior. When the actor delivers his lines, he would emphasise the word "thrust" in order to convey Sampson and Gregory's vulgar and misogynistic attitude to the uneducated peasantry, who would appreciate the crudeness. In addition, their bawdy and rude sense of humour, which is shown by their phrases "'Tis known that I am a pretty piece of flesh" and "my naked weapon is out" would have appealed to most of the audience.

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  5. Discuss the reasons why Act 5: scene 3 is not only significant but also pivotal to the tragic ending of Romeo & Juliet.

    But Romeo can even be characterised as a romantic. Romeo and Juliet's are both upper rich class families within the community, but there is a problem, both families are enemies this is why their love is forbidden. The day occurs in the early morning hours after the loves only night together, Romeo is forced to leave for exile in the morning and whilst Juliet does not want him to leave her room, both are trying to pretend that its still night and that the light is actually darkness: "More light and light, more dark and dark our woes".

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  6. How conflict contributes to the tragic outcome of Romeo and Juliet

    One of the basic conflicts involves the family feud. The love of the hero and heroine is set within a context of hate. The play's first scene is concerned with this feud as we are made aware of it even before we meet Romeo and Juliet. The 'ancient grudge' between the 'two households' is the very first thing the Chorus mentions in the prologue. "Chorus Two households... From ancient grudges break to new mutiny..." (Pro. 1 - 4) How this feud started is never revealed, which suggests that it has arisen from the natural impulses of man to enter into conflict and throughout the play the audience is constantly reminded of it.

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  7. Destiny, Chance & Fortune in Romeo and Juliet

    It is fate that steers Romeo and Juliet to the tragedy of their deaths. Shakespeare constructs a clear path for us to follow, as omniscient spectators, to watch as fate manifests itself through a tightly knit web of chance events. The play is interwoven with language and images which suggest that fate and destiny are controlling the events that lead to the lovers' deaths. On another level, we see fate through the development of some of the characters who believe in the influence of something outside of themselves. Fate can be observed through a series of unfortunate circumstances which occur throughout the play.

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  8. How does Shakespeare make Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective?

    His speech about Juliet is in a completely different form of writing than the rest. This change in text tells the audience that Romeo is truly tempted by Juliet's beauty. The audience can also see rhyme being used in Romeo's speech. "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon cheek of night As a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear, Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear". This use of rhyme makes the scene effective because the audience can see the contrast between prose and poetry, that is used in the text.

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  9. Romeo and Juliette: Who is to blame for the star-crossed lovers tragic death?

    This love may have also instigated the nurse to act the way she did, disobeying her employers, Juliet's parents, by following the whim of an infatuated teenager. In the star-crossed lover's story the nurse plays the part of Juliet's confidante but also the messenger between the two lovers. She chooses to ignore the disastrous consequences that would follow the union between a Capulet and a Montague. She cares about Juliet's well being and therefore before they are married the nurse went to visit Romeo to find out if his intentions were honourable and that he was suited for Juliet "if ye should lead her in a fool's paradise..."

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  10. Rome and Juliet - Act 3 Scene 5

    Lady Capulet comes up to Juliet's room to tell her she is to marry Paris. Romeo, at this point had just left through Juliet's window after being warned by Juliet's nurse that Juliet's mother was on her way up to her room. Lady Capulet thought it was best for Juliet to marry Paris as Lady Capulet cares about Juliet. She thinks she knows what's best for Juliet all the time. Juliet was already married to Romeo and was in love with him but her mother doesn't know this and insisted that she is to marry Paris.

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  11. Romeo and Juliet - Act 3 Scene 5

    Romeo and Juliet would die for each other because they are in love so much. Juliet has some very strong relationships with certain characters in the film. Obviously, her main relationship and love goes to Romeo as she is married to him and they want to be together so desperately. But besides Romeo, Juliet has relationships with other people too. These people are Lord Capulet and Lady Capulet (Juliet's parents), and the Nurse. The Nurse has looked after Juliet ever since she was a baby and cares for her passionately. Lady Capulet comes to Juliet's room to tell her she is to marry Paris, just a Romeo had left the room after being warned by the Nurse that Juliet's Mother was coming.

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  12. Romeo and Juliet

    "Within the infant rind of this weak flower Poison hath residence and medicine power" Friar Lawrence's knowledge of herbs and plants is evident from this very first introduction and the importance of this knowledge is shown here as this philosophical context prepares the audience for later on in the play, when Juliet takes the very same poison he is describing in order to fake her death. There is a contrast in this quote as Shakespeare implies how there is good in every bad, vice versa just like there is medicine in the poison and this could even apply to the Friar, and how even though he is a holy man, he makes fatal mistakes.

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  13. Who Do You Think Was Most Responsible for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

    have to suffer for what they had done to everyone PRINCE: 'If ever you disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace' His statement has a strong language. In his statement he says on will die as punishments which refers if any Capulet or a Montague fight each other they got to die as their punishments. It is also possible that Romeo and Juliet were responsible for their own deaths.

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  14. "Romeo and Juliet's love is not the main focus on the play; the feud of Montague against Capulet is"; discuss how far you consider this to be true.

    This is proof that Shakespeare could only have intended the play to be about the feud and not the love as it is the first thing he decided to stage. Shakespeare does then go on to mention love, but only when relating it again to death which is obviously going to be presented through the feud 'A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life' He refers to the characters of Romeo and Juliet being star-cross'd, this is because at the time the Elizabethans believed very strongly that they could tell their future from the position of planets, stars and moons so using this as a way of telling us (the audience)

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  15. Julits Dairy

    I've always wanted to wear this dress as it was a present that my mother had given me long ago, yet I never had the chance to wear it. It was a lovely pink dress covered in sequences and flowers. After I was ready I went out of the bedroom, downstairs and walked outside, a beautiful carriage was waiting for me, ready to take me away. I stepped on to the carriage and looked back to see my nurse smiling and waving to say goodbye.

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  16. Who is to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet?

    Romeo and Juliet die tragically at the end, but their deaths ended the hatred and feud between their families. One of the people who could be to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is Friar Lawrence, who is a vicar in Verona. The reason why Friar Lawrence could be blamed for the cause of Romeo and Juliet's deaths is because he was one of the two people who helped Romeo and Juliet get married in secret, by doing this he thought it will end the feud between the two families and Verona would become a peaceful town.

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  17. How does Shakespeare build and create tension in Act 3, scene 1 to make it an interesting and important scene?

    This setting itself conveys the unease in the air, an almost pathetic fallacy whereby we see the heat of the day reflecting the boiling temperament of Mercutio. Benvolio can see that "the mad blood" of his fellows, especially Mercutio, longs for a fight. From Mercutio's response, describing Benvolio as "as hot a Jack" as any in Italy, and following with reasons for which Benvolio would quarrel, which is really a more apt description of himself than Benvolio, the audience begins to sense this tension that Benvolio speaks of.

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  18. How does Shakespeare create tension in act 1 scene I of Romeo and Juliet?

    Romeo and Juliet challenges these social Elizabethan norms. Many of Shakespeare's audience were rich people from the city of London and were the type of 'high-culture' image that the house of Montague and Capulet possessed. Shakespeare chose Verona as the set location for the play because on an important factor; astrology, which was practiced professionally in the city. The people who lived in Verona were all interested in astrology to such an extent that they would have a horoscope drawn for their newly born children.

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  19. Romeo and Juliet Coursework

    I believe that he is fickle and blinded by his unrequited love for Rosaline, which is discussed by Montague and Benvolio shortly after the fray. They discuss his recent behaviour; Romeo has been hanging about 'the grove of sycamores' in the early mornings, which is a pun on sick-amour (love sick). "Many morning hath he been seen with tears augmenting", which conveys a primitive impression towards the audience of Romeo as an immature and sensitive boy who is prone to crying over Rosaline for whom he shows unrequited love.

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  20. Romeo and Juliet

    The date originally was the Elizabethan decade however Baz Luhrmann changes it to modern day to engage the audience a lot more however keeps the plot the same with some changes of order. Luhrmann ingeniously changes swords to guns as it entertains 21st Century a lot more because nowadays many of the audience are into guns rather than swords, and are more familiar with it. The setting is in 'Fair Verona'; however Baz Luhrmann changes it to "Verona Beach" which is based on the famous, trendy Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California.

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  21. The beginnings of love between Romeo and Juliet

    This is in the form a Shakespearian sonnet which is usually used to express feelings of love. Romeo uses many metaphors to describe Juliet's beauty such as comparing her beauty as brighter than lit torches by saying "she doth teach the torches to shine bright", this is a poetic exaggeration and shows how enraptured Romeo is on first sight of Juliet. Romeo completely forgets any thoughts he had of Rosaline and this shows in the language that he uses. At the start of the act Romeo is quite melancholy and dejected by the rejection of his affections by Rosaline however after seeing Juliet he immediately has a more positive and almost dreamy tone to his words.

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  22. GCSE Romeo and Juliet

    The experience is supposed to be a cleansing process for the audience; an experience they should come out of valuing their own lives more, as well as thinking with a more open mind about the world and coincidence. Almost all tragedies stick to this principle. To insure that this fate is never forgotten, Shakespeare continues to link love and death through the entirety of the play. The most obvious ways he does this is through language. In Act 3 Scene 3, Romeo finds out that the Prince has banished him from Verona.

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  23. Compare how Romeo is presented in Act I scene I and Act II scene II.

    Whilst the Capulet household is gleaming with excitement, after excitement Juliet is silently soaring in her distress. One day before her festive wedding, she drinks the sleeping potion that would fool all the people of Verona of her death. Juliet's nurse comes into her room, on the day of the weeding to discover Juliet has passed away. The Capulet household now is even more grievous with the deaths of two Capulets. Friar Lawrence was to send a letter to Romeo explaining the situation, however news of Juliet's death reaches him first. With this news, no boundaries seem to keep Romeo away from his wife.

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  24. Romeo and Juliet Essay

    Lord and Lady Capulet and Lord and Lady Montague arrive at the scene to see Tybalt's body. Prince Escales arrives too and Benvolio tells him the whole story. Romeo is then banished to Mantua. Lord and Lady Capulet think Juliet is grieving for Tybalt so they arrange a marriage to Count Paris. Juliet doesn't like this idea so asks Friar Lawrence for a potion to make her fall asleep. Friar Lawrence writes a note to Romeo in Mantua telling him the plan of Juliet faking her death, but he doesn't get it. He hears of Juliet's death, buys a poison from a stall and goes to her tomb.

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  25. Juliet's situation in Act three Scene 5

    Furthermore, as his punishment he has been exiled from Verona with a death threat if he were to be caught. Juliet is torn between her love for Romeo and her loyalties to her cousin Tybalt. Juliet can see no good in her situation 'Tybalt is gone and Romeo is banished'. She is grieving for her cousin yet longing for the man who murdered him. She realises that despite all this she still loves Romeo. The young couple have barely been married and are already separated, with the help of Friar Laurence and the Nurse, Romeo and Juliet spend their wedding night together.

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