Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story about, two lovers who are bought together by fate and conflict. William Shakespeare conveys the idea of conflict to reveal the message of the play, where two families have an ancient dispute that ends in a tragedy. He uses the prologue to reveal whats going to happen in the play but lets the reader see for themselves, for example he uses the quote “from ancient grudge breaks new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean” meaning that an ancient grudge has caused people of the community to try keep the peace but ended up with unclean hands both literally (with bloodstains), in that the community of Verona has been disrupt. Shakespeare uses conflict to show how the message of the play by referring to fate, to show that characters are not always what they seem and by showing opposites.
Paragraph 1: Fate: “a pair of star crossed lovers take their life”
Romeo and Juliet explore the complex relationship between fate and will. Q: “what’s in its name?” – which explains Juliet’s ill fate of being a Capulet and Romeo being a Montague.
The complex relationship between fate and will is deeply explored throughout Romeo and Juliet. The idea is first conveyed when Juliet uses the quote “what’s in its name” what she is meaning by this is the ill fate that Juliet has fallen in love with a Capulet, but what’s in the name? by Juliet saying this, she is trying to show that it’s just a name and doesn’t determine who he is.
Characters in Romeo and Juliet are not always what they seem. Q:
Romeo and Juliet use conflict and opposites to expand its idea: Q:
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Around me stood thirty odd kids who were looking just as terrified as me the tension around me keep getting stronger but I knew I couldn’t let it get to me, I am here to survive not to win I try to keep telling myself. The motto plastered all over the supply station quoting “Each kill is worth money” catches my attention and sends shivers down my spine. I can’t help but regret my decision and wonder if all my training is worth nothing. A thourght hits me what if this is a strategical game I hear a loud ear aching buzz and everyone starts running “crap” I shout it has begun
My shaky ankles lead the way and I start sprinting towards the supply station but realise that I will have no luck trying to secure myself some sort of weapon by now. Every part of me wants to see if anything is left but I don’t I turn around and run. I run so far and fast that when I turn around I can only see vague dots in the distance that reassures me I am further enough away and safe in the meantime. I throw my bag off my shoulder and it hits the ground with a large thump. I open it up and to my surprise, I find a large waterproof sheet and a first aid kit “must have got lucky” I mumble to myself. I roll the sheet back up and stuff it vigorously back in the pack I swing it over my shoulder. I glance down at my compass plastered over my wrist north is ahead that’s where I would want to be heading before sundown.
I stumble across a cave under the gushing waterfall and base myself there for the night.
Beyond the border stood the massive grey building that towered over the empty quiet city. Outside cars piled in like there was something important behind the tall gloomy gates. Around me, the still river sits there in peace so dull it shows no character. In front of me lies the long bridge that leads to a tower of adventure ready to be explored. Beside me stand strong men that show no emotion I feel alone somehow.
Capulet: Things have made a turn for the worse since Tybalt’salts death Juliet is very sad. I insure that if she were here she would come down and see you.
Paris: Don’t worry Capulet these times of death are hard and not the right time for Romance, give my regards to Juliet.
Lady Capulet: I will thank you Paris and I will talk to her about your marriage tomorrow morning but I don’t think tonight is the night to talk to her.
Capulet: Yes! I am desperate for Juliet to get married and I believe that she will marry whoever I will ask. Wife, go check up on her and tell her this delightful news! wait what day is it today?
Paris: Monday Sir, why do you ask?
Capulet: Monday! Well, Wednesday is too soon. Let it be on Thursday. On Thursday, tell her, she’ll be married to this noble Earl. Will you be ready? Do you think it’s a good idea to rush? We shouldn’t have too big a celebration we will only invite a friend or two. What do you think about Thursday?
Paris: Capulet! I wish tomorrow was already Thursday!
Capulet: Well go on home. Thursday it is, then. visit Juliet before you go to bed. Get her ready, for this wedding day. Farewell, my lord. Now I’m off to bed. Oh, my! It’s so late that we might as well call it early. Good night.
A semantic field is a technique used by writers to keep a certain image persistent in the reader’s mind. Shakespeare uses this technique in Romeo and Juliet, for example, the lines between 96-103 where Mercutio percieves dreams by telling Romeo that he has complete control of his actions and dreams and they are just “a lie sprung from a sleeping brain”. ’Which are the children of an idle brain/Begot of nothing but vain fantasy,’ this means the dreams are just children of a sleeping brain and are nothing but a useless impossible idea.
But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.
Be not her maid since she is envious.
Her vestal livery is but sick and green,
And none but fools do wear it. Cast it off!
It is my lady. Oh, it is my love.
Oh, that she knew she were!
She speaks, yet she says nothing. What of that?
Her eye discourses. I will answer it.—
I am too bold. ‘Tis not to me she speaks.
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, do entreat her eyes
To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars
As daylight doth a lamp. Her eye in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See how she leans her cheek upon her hand.
Oh, that I were a glove upon that hand
That I might touch that cheek!
Time: Thursday Night Location: The tomb of the Capulets Characters: Paris, Page, Romeo, Balthasar, Friar Lawrence, Juliet, Prince, Capulet, Lady Capulet, Montague. Events: Paris goes to the Capulets tomb to lay flowers on Juliet’s grave, he hears a whistle from the servants that someone is entering the graveyard. Romeo enters with a crowbar telling Balthasar it is to take back the valuable ring he gifted to Juliet, then he orders Balthasar to leave, and, in the morning, to deliver to Montague the letter Romeo had given him. Paris approaches Romeo noticing him as the man that killed Tybalt. He thinks Romeo is here to disrespect the corpse of the Capulets. Romeo pleads Paris to leave but Paris refuses. they draw their swords and fight until Romeo kills Paris. As Paris dies he asks to be buried next to Juliet’s grave. He enters the tomb to await Juliet laying there so peacefully he wonders how beautiful he looks even when she’s dead.He talks to her about having an eternity together he gets on his knees and kisses her then drink the potion and dies. Just then Frair Lawrence enters the churchyard seconds late, to tell the truth to Romeo about Juliet’s fake death. As he enters Juliet awakes. Juliet asks him where her husband is and Frair Lawrence informs her about the death of Paris and Romeo Frair leaves the room Juliet looks down to see Romeo dead body lying beneath her. She kisses Romeo and takes his dagger and kills herself lying dead beside Romeo. Chaos arises in the churchyard to discover dead bodies near the Tomb. The Capulets and Montague arrive The Prince shows Montague his son’s body. Upon the Prince’s request, Friar Lawrence succinctly tells the story of Romeo and Juliet’s secret marriage and its consequences. Balthasar gives the Prince the letter Romeo had previously written to his father. The Prince says that it confirms the friar’s story. He scolds the Capulets and Montagues, calling the tragedy a consequence of their feud and reminding them that he himself has lost two close kinsmen. The two families agree on putting their feud behind them.
Quote:“O happy dagger, This is thy sheath,”- Juliet