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    Discuss the treatment of gender politics in Romeo and Juilet(TM) and Antony and Cleopatra(TM)

    The patriarchal society in which they lived also meant that the father, head of the household, had the authority to choose the woman's husband and 'the Elizabethan elite marriage was marked by a protracted series of public rituals and social transactions2'. Desire and sexuality was also frowned upon before marriage with shame framing the concept of erotic desire reinforcing the belief that women were not even in control of their own sexuality. Therefore through subconscious attribution women became morally defined by their sexual status.

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  2. Examine the similarities and differences in the ways Shakespeare presents Juliet and Romeo.

    Juliet's youth is also emphasised through her obedience, or expected and apparent obedience to her parents. When Lady Capulet urges Juliet to look upon Paris to see if she can love him, Juliet acquiesces, saying: "I'll look to like, if looking liking move" (1.3.99), but she will not look any further than Lady Capulet bids her to. Juliet doesn't believe she could possibly fall in love with Paris just by looking at him, but she agrees to look anyway because it is her mother's wish.

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  3. romeo and julliet

    It was believed that god designed a path for you and you were to follow it. At the start of the play Romeo comes across as a selfish teenager who listens to his heart rather then his head. However as the play progresses Shakespeare use stage directions and language to reveal a complex and developing character. In act1 scene1 Romeo comes across as selfish, alone and quite obsessed. 'Not having that which. Having, makes then short' this is showing that Romeo feels that time is going slow; he may feel this because his mind is always on Rosalina.

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  4. Baz Luhrman Coursework

    The part Baz changed was the timing of their deaths. In Shakespeare's original version, Romeo killed himself and then a couple of seconds later Juliet would wake up. But what Luhrmann did was to edit the timing of the deaths. The only other thing he changed to bring the storey into the 20th century were the swords, which were replaced with guns. We first catch a glimpse of Romeo in the second scene but not properly, due to the sun glare and the shadowing on his body. This was a technique which Baz Luhrmann used, to keep us in suspense and concentrate on everything and everyone in that scene.

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  5. Explore the ways that the audience is prepared for the

    Juliet thinks love is 'too like the lightening which doth cease to be. Ere one can say 'it lightens''. This shows the audience that Juliet is cautious of love and might find it difficult to fall in love. Shakespeare uses oxymoron's to describe Romeo's love for Rosaline. When Romeo falls in love with Juliet, Shakespeare uses more romantic language. The audience may get the impression that Romeo wasn't really in love with Rosaline as Romeo was overdramatic whereas when he fell in love with Juliet he seemed more genuine. Juliet feels that she had no control over falling in love with Romeo.

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  6. Blood Wedding. How does the Playwright use Language to demonstrate the Characters' Personalities the Plot and the Style of the Play?

    This is obviously a very powerful line and shows she obviously has had some sort of bad experience with knives. This also shows that the mother is quite insecure and, when we learn that the incident in question happened over 20 years ago, that she has extreme trouble letting go. When she tells the bridegroom "I want six grandchildren at the very least, now that your fathers gone."

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  7. Was Friar Laurence to blame for Romeo and Juliets deaths?

    not used this information against the two families, which he could easily do, but obviously he does care, about the families, and particularly in Romeo. After a very short debate and curious interrogations, Friar Laurence's quickly ready to marry Romeo and Juliet. But Friar Laurence is surprised by the speed in which Romeo has become so deeply in love with yet another girl, as only a week before was Romeo pouring his heart and shedding many tears over his painful love for Rosaline, in which the Friar had spent many hours comforting Romeo.

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  8. What literary devices are used to portray whether Romeo and Juliet is more about Love or Hate

    The Prologue does not merely set the scene of Romeo and Juliet; it tells the audience exactly what is going to happen in the play. The Prologue creates a sense of fate, a key motif utilized by the bard throughout the play, by providing the audience with the knowledge that Romeo and Juliet will die even before the play has begun. The audience therefore watches the play with the expectation that it must fulfil the terms set in the Prologue.

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  9. Romeo and Juliet: Character Study of Romeo

    This artificiality of his speech makes it seem forced rather than from the heart and conveys the idea that he is more in love with the concept of love itself, rather than actually experiencing the feeling of love. Also, throughout that scene he uses oxymoron (e.g. "brawling love," and "loving hate") which conveys a rather melodramatic quality in his personality. When he discovers the news of the ball at the Capulet mansion, it is Benvolio who has to persuade Romeo to attend, demonstrating Romeo's lack of boldness.

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  10. 'In order to

    Each character is connected to the theme of the play, through poker, it represents an element of how poker fills the emptiness in these characters lives. As it is stated in, www.innerart.com/performancespace/performancespace9906, 'Dealer's Choice is about as obvious as Marber's naming this recurring game's 'mug' the perpetual loser, Mugsy'. As this statement suggests that it is obvious that the character Mugsy's name suggests that he is a loser in the play. We can see this when Mugsy says 'what I could do with eight million quid?'

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    Instead it was because he was a good businessman and held a share in the company itself. Although without his writing skills they would not have done nearly so well. The Elizabethan audiences commonly talked throughout the performances, despite pleas from playwrights for silence. If a gallant was sitting on-stage talking it would be very difficult for the audience to hear what was being said by the actors. And that was defiantly the reason why Shakespeare tends to repeat important information throughout his plays. In contrast modern audiences are required to keep silent during the performance. Modern audiences mainly clap at the interval and conclusion.

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  12. Comparative essay on theme of Love in Romeo and Juliet and the Taming of the Shrew

    Everything just happens so naturally and directly. In the Taming of the Shrew, when Lucentio first sees Bianca, he complains Bianka's "sudden sight hath thrilled my wounded eye" (1.1.217). Since Romeo and Juliet are mutually attracted to each other, there is no courtship between them. However for the case of Lucentio, Bianca does not fall in love with him immediately after they meet, rather Lucentio has to disguise himself as a schoolmaster to court her. Even so, I think the love between both couples can be considered romantic love as the lovers react to their beloved with romantic passion.

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  13. Discuss the representation of the feud in Romeo and Juliet.

    Here Shakespeare draws a parallel with the ineffectual laws of Verona. The feud justifies many aspects of life in Verona and draws many parallels to life in Elizabethan England where duels and public affrays where considered the norm. Family honour, particularly masculine honour, was considered to be of paramount importance engaging not only the nobility but also their servants. It is the importance of this honour which is the cause of the outbreaks of violence which disturb the public peace throughout the play.

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  14. With reference to Romeo and Juliet what makes the play a tragedy?

    For a play to be a tragedy, there must be a tragic hero. In the play, Romeo is the tragic hero. In the Greek concept of the tragic hero as a great personage destroyed by some tragic flaw, referred to as the 'Fall of Princes', Romeo has no place. He is merely a young man in love with love, and it is his misfortune that his eye falls upon the beautiful daughter of his father's enemy. All disasters that befall the two families flow from this situation; thus the drama becomes one of pathos and pity rather than the type of soul-purging tragedy Shakespeare came to write in his later works.

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  15. For never was a story of such woe than that of Juliet and her Romeo - What is it that make s the play so "woeful" or tragic? Discuss this by closely referring to characters and events in the play

    Possibly, the major factor leading to the tragic suicide of the two protagonists was the bitter feud between the two families ("from ancient grudge break to new mutiny"). If it weren't for the animosity between the two reputed households, the love between Romeo and Juliet would doubtlessly have bloomed. Tybalt, more than anyone in the play, fueled the enmity. He was a very passionate character who valued his family's pride more than any other entity. His mind was imbued with contempt and aversion towards all Montagues.

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  16. The Wars by Timothy Findley.

    It was Robert's fault. Robert was her guardian and he was locked in his bedroom. Making love to his pillow" (Findley 21). Robert put all the blame of his sister's death on himself. He believes that it is his duty to make sure Rowena is safe. It seems ridiculous for him to believe he should be with her at all times. Robert was a caring brother, and very attentive to her. The guilt that he experiences for the death of Rowena leaves him feeling empty and alone.

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  17. Romeo and Juliet - Juliets diary. Saturday 1595, my own bed.

    At the ball I saw Juliet talking with a handsome, fit looking young man. Cousin Tybalt recognised him as Romeo Montague by his voice. Tybalt was ready to stick this intruder, but Old Capulet said, "Content the gentle coz, let him alone". Tybalt will bide his time and seek revenge for this intrusion later. Juliet spent ages on her balcony when she was supposed to be in bed, I was weary and wanted to retire myself: I had to call several times before she eventually came inside. She seemed excited, must have really enjoyed the Ball after all. I was tired and wanted to get the girl settled so that I could retire myself.

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  18. The Fate of Time.

    Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, is a love story struck down by fate and doomed to tragedy. When considering the destruction of Romeo and Juliet the most significant facts are in terms of caution, patience and wisdom. Romeo and Juliet, said to be one of the most famous love stories of all times, is a play anchored on time, patience and fate. Some actions are believed to occur by chance or by destiny. The timing of each action influences the outcome of the play. While some events are of less significance, some are crucial to the development of this tragedy.

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  19. Intertextual Relations Between Romeo & Juliet the Play and the Baz Luhrmann Film.

    In turn the English poem is itself a translation of a popular prose fiction by Bandello (published in 1554). Even this derives from Italian stories, particularly one written by Luigi da Porto (1530). Baz Luhrmann's film version is aware of the intertextual history of the story and makes clear in its title that this is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Luhrmann dealt freely with the material provided from Shakespeare's play in much the same way that "Shakespeare helped himself to portions of Brooke's poem and made whatever alterations he thought fit."

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  20. Contrast the first occasion when Romeo and Juliet are together, at the Ball, Act 1 scene 5, with the last, Act 5 scene 3, when Romeo breaks into the Capulet tomb. Show how in each case the setting and atmosphere contribute to the power of the episode.

    The atmosphere is happy and joyful and there is a shift in mood and setting which relieves the tension from the last scene. The scene begins with two servants preparing the cutlery and crockery for the great chamber; where the masked ball is to take place. The scene is very busy and Lord Capulet welcomes his guests who arrive with their faces mystically covered with masks, he invites them to dance. Capulet creates a light-hearted atmosphere as he jokes with his guests; his mood is very different to what has been seen as authoritive in previous scenes.

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  21. Critical Evaluation of "Romeo and Juliet" By Baz Luhrmann

    The most basic way of Luhrmann showing how different the Montagues and Capulets were was their race. The Montagues are white Americans and the Capulets are Hispanic, from a southern American country. This immediately tells the audience that the families are different and that racism may play a large part in the story. Also, he shows the families are different by the way they dress, the Montagues dress like surfers, very casually with shorts and shirts with bright colours where as the Capulets dress formally wearing smart trousers and shirts with blank blazers. Although the families have their distinctive dress senses Romeo and Juliet both dress differently.

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  22. Suicide Impulse in Romeo and Juliet.

    Basically, these two youths have fallen in the "highest form of love" with each other with only using a few lines of dialogue, as they had already known they were in love at their first encounter. As for their age, Romeo is in his late teens or early twenties (the text is not specific on Romeo's age) and Juliet is still only a child at age thirteen (1.3, 18). Although it is obvious that Romeo and Juliet certainly are exceptional people, with exceptional minds, a child at thirteen years of age is still only thirteen years of age.

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  23. Compare the different film versions of Romeo and Juliet

    The Zeferelli version and the original play by William Shakespeare show some variations between storylines. There are also far smaller differences between extremely similar stories with the single huge difference of modernisation, as seen between the Luhrman version of Romeo and Juliet, as well as the play. The original Romeo and Juliet was set around the time when the play was written, and was not written to become one of the greatest plays of all time. Instead, the goal was more toward making a popular play that could make some money, be funny, and evoke a huge amount of feeling.

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  24. Compare the opening scenes of Luhrmann and Zeffirelli film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

    He has taken on many roles in the film industry. During his career he has been an actor, writer, producer, songwriter, and director of theater, television, opera and films. Luhrmann's adaptation of William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' gave audiences a new look at the Bard's classic tale of pubescent passion with bright colors, fast-paced editing, stylized sets and costumes, and emotionally intense performances by Clare Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio as the original star-crossed lovers. All of this was necessary to move on with the times. The film was made with the young generation of the 90s in mind.

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  25. Romeo and Juliet - In this essay I shall be showing the changes made by Baz Luhrman in his modern adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy.

    Another difference Luhrman has made to keep up with the times is by changing the age of Juliet. Originally she is only the young age of 13, an age that with modern views and laws wouldn't be able to be used in a modern adaptation. So Luhrman changed Juliet's age to about 18 (the exact age is not told) because our laws restrict sex and marriage to 18 and over. Concentrating now on Act 5 Scene 3, the setting has been slightly changed. The tomb where Juliet is sleeping under the influence of the drug, is a very dark one.

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