William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Essay

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William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare's great love tragedy, 'Romeo and Juliet', is set in Verona, Italy in the Sixteenth Century. The play is about two star-crossed lovers, on different sides of a family feud between the Montague household and the Capulet household, though through this constant and deathly quarrelling, 'Romeo and Juliet' meet and instantly fall in love, although their love is 'death-marked'.

The play opens with servants of the Montague and Capulet households quarrelling. Shakespeare interests his audience not only by using sword fighting, but also battles
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He is very self-confident - 'Peace? I hate the word' - and is aggressive, shown in his eagerness to draw Benvolio into a brawl, 'turn thee Benvolio, and look upon thy death'.

In act one scene one, Lord's and Lady's Capulet and Montague are introduced, and immediately they show the audience that the fight is not just with the lower members of the household, and that the Lords themselves despise each other. Despite their age, both Heads of the households are eager to fight the other, almost in a childish manner. Lady Capulet mocks her husband for trying to get involved in the fight, 'a crutch! Why call you for a sword?', whereas Lady Montague warns Lord Montague from participating in the clash; 'Thou shalt not stir one foot to seek a foe'.

Romeo, heir to the Montague estate, in both scenes, does not appear until quite a way into the fight or after it. He is described by Lord Capulet as 'a virtuous and well governed youth', yet in the first scene, he is found by Benvolio, and is presented as a love-struck teenager. He is not interested in the fight, 'what fray was here? Yet tell me not', and he shuns life; 'Many a morning hath he there been seen, with tears', 'locks fair daylight out'. He is very melodramatic, using oxymorons, such as 'loving hate' and 'feather of lead', which were very fashionable

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