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  1. Whos to blame for the deaths for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet

    To describe the play as a tragedy in these terms is perfectly rational only in part. Even though the secret love affair only lasted 5 days; Sunday evening until Thursday. The fact that Romeo and Juliet fall in love is hardly a tragic weakness. The responsibility for their own downfall lies outside the characters'- Fate intertwined with the "star-crossed lovers" in astrology means "ill-fated". However it is also the family feud rather than any moral weakness that leads to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.

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  2. How successful do you think Shakespeare has been at developing relationships and dramatic effect in act 3 scene 5? How do you think a modern audiences response would differ from a Shakespeare one?

    As a dead body on a hurdle, if not governed to his expectations, her emotions are dispensable and unimportant, and her presence as such is lifeless. If defied against he sees her in her only other choice, complete emancipation from his interests, family and wealth - dead, in his eyes. Also, the actual occurrence of death imagery shows the audience the confrontational, bias balance between the father and daughter in arguments, therefore meaning Capulet see's Juliet as his inferior & when his superiority is challenged he treats her accordingly, making it a very unjust and circumstantial relationship.

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  3. How does Shakespeare explore conflicts and oppositions in Romeo and Juliet?

    Throughout this scene, there is constant opposition between light and dark. A similar instance sees "the brightness" in Juliet's cheeks be compared to the way "daylight shames a lamp". A similar blurring of night and day occurs in the early morning hours after the lovers' only night together. Romeo, forced to leave for exile in the morning, and Juliet, not wanting him to leave her room, both try to pretend that it is still night, and that the light is actually darkness: "More light and light, more dark and dark our woes" (Act 3, Scene 5).

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  4. In this scene (act 3 scene1) Tybalt finds Mercutio and Benvolio while looking for Romeo he tells them that he wants to fight Romeo.

    Romeo also keeps peace because he refuses to fight with Tybalt "Tybalt the reason that I have to love thee doth much excuse the appertaining rage. Villain am I none; therefore farewell, I see though knowest me not." He tried to tell Tybalt without giving the whole truth that he could not harm him now that he has to love him due to there relationship' and tries to end the conversation with a simple farewell. But Tybalt refuses as he not one to give up so easily without a fight.

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  5. How does Shakespeare create dramatic tension in Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet?

    Also, after Romeo and Juliet discover each other's true identities the audience begin to wonder whether they will stay together. These two segments of tension are alternated with relaxed and calm moments such as when Capulet cheerfully welcomes the guests and the excitement of Romeo and Juliet meeting for the first time. The way in which the scene is staged also creates tension by making it difficult for Romeo and Juliet to meet. The audience first see Juliet dancing with a group of people whilst Romeo is distanced from her.

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  6. Discuss how Shakespeare uses dramatic techniques to build tension and create sympathy for Juliet in act 3 scene 5

    In their passionate discussion they use the nightingale and the lark as representatives of light and dark. These images promote the contrasting sides of their relationship: their affectionate love hindered by their family's feud. Juliet's worries grow as the time of Romeos departure draws closer. She has an ominous insight into their future "now though art so low, as one dead in the bottom of the tomb". This gives the audience a clue as to what may happen at the end of the play.

  7. In Act three, scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare has managed to combine action, drama and tension.

    Thus, this scene is a tragic one as Romeo is driven away from Verona and his love Juliet. Throughout the second act a sense of happiness was created but suddenly the scene then becomes tragic. Tybalt's death could have been prevented by Romeo but he was unwise and decided to maintain his codes of honour rather than be true to his love and this then brought about the death of his friend Mercutio. This is sadly ironic. Benvolio's opening lines immediately create tension, interest and excitement initially through Shakespeare's use of foreshadowing, the irony becomes too dark.

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  8. William Shakespeares use of language in the Prologue and Act I Scene I, prepares the audience for what is about to occur in the course of the play.

    The theatre consisted of many sides, with covered seats all around with the theatre being open air. In Elizabethan times, when people went to the theatre, it would be set in one location. For example for comedy it was often a street, for Oedipus Rex it was the steps before the palace. It was harder for a character to act in such context as they are constantly facing the audience. The characters in the prologue are mentioned in the scene.

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  9. Romeo And Juliet Analysis Paper

    They only seem to focus on one another's beauty and attractiveness when first meeting. Also, both characters share a poetic language to overstress their ideas. They speak metaphorically, using similes and poetic exaggerations when talking about one another. To embellish his lover, Romeo exclaims, "She doth teach the torches to burn bright." (1. 1. 43). This tells us that Juliet's magnificence is much brighter than a torch. This statement along with how Juliet describes Romeo mirrors one another. Although being very similar in character, Juliet shows that she can be more mature unlike Romeo who shows his irrational surface.

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  10. Why is Act 3, Scene 1 a turning point in Romeo and Juliet?

    As Tybalt enters, the language changes from random talk of nothingness and dreams to antagonizing wit and bawdy humor. The scene could easily be a comedy or a romance if it wasn't for what comes up next in this scene. As the first person becomes a victim in a brawl of both fighting and of extremities of language, this is what contributes to the scene being the turning point in the play. This play may a battle between 2 families to get rid of each other, but it is also a battle of wittiness and how smart you are.

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  11. Romeo and Juliet. Explain how different emotions and moods are created in the balcony scene. Act 2 Scene 2.

    Juliet goes on to say 'tis my name that is my enemy'. She explains that only their names are enemies and they themselves aren't and that a name is just a label its the personality that matters. The recurrence of their names, expresses that their love is not allowed and that their relationship has no hope because of the family feud. We are shown how much Romeo loves Juliet and feels he can't live without her hen he says he would prefer to be killed rather than living without her 'My life were better ended by their hate than death prorogued, wanting of thy love.

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  12. What is the significance and dramatic impact of Act III Scene Five?

    This includes one of the first references we see to light and dark, day and night, which also link to life and death. This is through the representation of the night and stars, and the day and morning. The "jocund day" that is being described shows just some of the irony that is included in the play, because for many of the characters this day is going to actually be quite distressing. The personification of the 'day' tiptoeing on the "misty mountain tops" is a very creative image that is describing the sun rising up over the valleys and mountainside.

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  13. Romeo and Juliet: dramatic sense of romance and danger

    Verona is a patriarchal society which means that the men are usually in charge of the women and so Juliet must do as her father tells her, including marrying the man he has chosen for her. This constraint on Juliet contributes to the tragedy, as does the feud between the Capulets and Montagues which therefore Juliet cannot choose to marry the son of Lord Montague and therefore the marriage has to remain a secret. This is a personal, not a political tragedy like Shakespeare's other tragedies.

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  14. Explain how Shakespeare creates dramatic tension in Act 3 Scene 5?

    Juliet refuses to marry Paris and breaks the news to her father; he builds a dreadful temper in which he calls his daughter: mistress minion, green sickness, carrion and baggage. He also claims that if she does not marry Paris, then he will disown her. The scene ends with Capulet storming out of her room leaving Juliet to weep and plead for mercy from her mother and the nurse. In my philosophy, dramatic tension means building up suspense making sure that the audience grows impatient which leads to a climax.

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  15. Analyse how Romeo emotions change from act 1 scene 1 to act 2 scene 2.

    In order to do this I will analyse his language in three scenes; act 1, scene 1, act 1 scene 5 and act 2 scene 2. At the beginning of the play, Romeo is experiencing unreciprocated love that is mystifying his mind. Romeo's friend Benvolio goes to find him after he and the other Montague boys have finished fighting with the Capulet's.

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  16. Imagine you are Juliet waiting for the Nurse to return from seeing Romeo at Frair Lawrences cell. Write your thoughts.

    Oh dear Lord, I am now going die a widow without losing my maidenhead to Romeo. I want night to come now. Please come now Romeo and keep me away from my tears. Where are my father and my mother? I want to go weep with them over Romeo's banishment although they are weeping over Tybalt's death. Is tonight going to be the last night I will ever see Romeo? Oh Romeo, I want you to forever be with me.

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  17. With close reference to Acts 1 and 5, examine how Shakespeare explores the theme of love in Romeo and Juliet

    The second quatrain tells us that the feud is ended and the two families reconciled on after the death of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. "A pair of star-cross'd lovers."In the third quatrain we are told that the story of this is conflict and ends in a tragic way. The final two lines ask for the audience to pay attention. It is significant that the prologue is written in a sonnet form as it is telling the audience that the nature of the story will be based around the theme of love.

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  18. Explore the ways that Shakespeare makes Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective

    In 1594 when the play was first performed, theatre was the only form of entertainment available to people of all classes. During this period of time people were in great fear of the bubonic plague, having episodes crop up in London and all around the country. The disease was a fast and painful killer and wiped out hundreds of people, for the Elizabethans who first witnessed the play's plague references this would have brought huge paranoia and shock, "Tybalt, you rat-catcher, will you walk?".

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  19. Romeo and Juliet. t is hard to make a conclusion as to who is to blame for the deaths, because theres quite a lot of people to blame. You could blame the families for fighting over something petty which happened ages ago.

    They're always the two main characters to keep the play going and making something happen. The Nurse is a rather selfish character in the play as she only really wants to see Juliet get married, she doesn't really seem to worry too much as to who Juliet marries just as long as she does it before the Nurse dies. Juliet says 'it is an honour I dream not of' about getting married and the nurse completely turns it around by saying 'An honour! Were not I thine only nurse, I would say thou hadst sucked wisdom from thy teat.'

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  20. Romeo and Juliet. If I were asked to put the ones who take the blame in order I would have the families of Romeo and Juliet at number four,

    In the this case you cant help but feel sorry for the friar as he is faced with such a difficult question, and he knows that if whatever he does it wont be a good out come for both of them. Just from reading parts of the friars speech you can immediately tell he is a very intelligent and well spoken man, as he speaks in verse, two kinds in fact, for the part where he will be talking to himself he will be mostly talking in rhyming verse, 'The grey-eyed morn smiles on the frowning night, Check'ring the eastern

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  21. Violence and conflict are central to Romeo and Juliet. Discuss this theme with reference to at least three scenes in the play.

    Whilst ambling through a street in Verona, Sampson voices his abhorrence for the house of the Montague's, with bawdy banter. The two servants begin to exchange lecherous statements about physically conquering the male members of the Montague household and s******y conquering the females: "I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague's." Gregory responds to this punning remark made by Sampson by applying a proverb, "the weakest goes to the wall," which suggests that the feeble must yield to the powerful.

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  22. ROMEO AND JULIET (1595), how important is Fate to the play?

    I also believe that their love isn't the only pre-planned part of this story and their death is also mapped out, deaths which stop the rivalry, 'burying their parent's strife'. Fate is brought into the play at a very early stage with the mention of the stars on the sixth line in the prologue, and this sets the scene for the entire play. Fate is mentioned again by Romeo in Act one Scene 4, line 107. Romeo says 'Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars,' this reference to the stars yet again show's fate is a main part of the play.

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  23. Why is Act 3 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet dramatic and tense?

    This is obviously demonstrated during the drama as Capulet and Montague are the heads of their respective families. Because of the rivalry between the two patriarchs, both families are made to dislike or hate the other, causing Romeo and Juliet to keep their love for each other secret from their relatives. As well, in the Elizabethan era, men had more power than women and wives were treated as possessions of their fathers or, if they were married, their husbands. They were expected to obey every order and not to challenge men. Because of these reasons, in Act 3 Scene 5, an Elizabethan audience would sympathize with Capulet and Lady Capulet because they were accepted as the heads of the household; their authority should not be tested in the disobedient manner that Juliet and the Nurse do.

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  24. Romeo and Juliet At the end of the play many of the young people are dead. To what extent is this the fault of the older generation?

    For example Capulet is considering having an arranged marriage for Juliet with County Paris. Initially Capulet is being liberal with the marriage and letting Juliet have a certain amount of influence over who she is to marry but at Capulet's ball Juliet and Romeo instantly fall in love with each other. However they are falling in love with someone who their parents have always taught them to hate. The first young person to die is Mercutio, he is a Montague and is one of Romeo's cousins. Mercutio's death comes about after Tybalt came looking for revenge for what he saw as an insult from Romeo when he intruded on the Capulet ball.

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  25. Romeo and Juliet. Act 3 scene 5 starts with Romeo and Juliet talking, after their first and only night together.

    Time is running out for the "star cross lovers". The audience know many things that Capulet dose not like (Juliet is married to Romeo) this is building dramatic irony as well as tension. Act 3 scene 5 starts with Romeo and Juliet talking, after their first and only night together. The audience knows that Juliet's father has plans for her and Paris to be married- she doesn't. The audience also know that Juliet's mother may come in at any time this adds to the tensions.

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