William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Essay

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William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

'Romeo and Juliet' is a perennial and universal play, tracking two young lovers, faced with adversity as they try to build they lives together, but inevitably end up dead because of their families' ancient feud.

Before we even meet Romeo in Act 1 sc I we know he is lovesick when his father and Benvolio are discussing him saying, 'so early walking did I see your son', 'he gladly fled from me,' and 'shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out,' showing that Romeo just wants to be by himself, he is avoiding his friends and just finding it hard to sleep. When we finally meet him the first thing he says is, 'is the day so young,' showing that time is
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The sonnet spoken between Romeo and Juliet in Act 1 sc 5 in which Romeo says, 'holy shrine and 'blushing pilgrims shows that they are devoted to each other and it also shows Romeo's worship of Juliet and courtly love.

In the Prince's speech we have lots of imagery such as, 'neighbour-stained steel' and, 'purple fountains issuing from your veins,' showing that their fighting is destructive and that the feud is ancient. When we first meet Tybalt we know that he is going to cause trouble when he says, 'what, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montague's and thee," showing that he is provocative and Shakespeare's use of tripling emphasises that he is a menace and he really looks down at the Capulet's. We know that Romeo hates the fighting when he says, 'yet tell me not,' which shows he doesn't want to know about the fighting and we have the fact that he is not involved in the first fight scene but ironically he still dies. We see there is animosity between the Capulets' and the Montagues' when the Prince says, 'thrice disturbed the quiet of our streets,' showing that it has happened more than once and it is very unlikely that Romeo and Juliet will ever get together. We see a twist in Act 3 sc I when Romeo says, 'away to heaven, respective lenity, and fire-eyed fury be my conduct now!' showing that he is going to

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