Date of publication: 2017-09-03 19:44
Romeo is a Montague, and Juliet a Capulet. Their families are enmeshed in a feud, but the moment they meet—when Romeo and his friends attend a party at Juliet's house in disguise—the two fall in love and quickly decide that they want to be married.
8) Mercutio is considered to be one of Shakespeare's great creations, yet he is killed relatively early in the play. What makes Mercutio so memorable a character?
Shakespeare constructs the two figures, Mercutio and Tybalt, as mirror images of their different families. Both incite hatred and inflame the tension between the two clans. Both bear a grudge against each other. They both use words and phrases to deliberately offend each other.
Contrastingly, Rosaline and Romeo have a tendency to be pretentious and affected. As Kiernan Ryan notes, Romeo is 8775 trapped inside the hackneyed role and ossified verse of the Petrarchan lover. His rhyming speech is paralysed by the dead weight of clichéd paradoxes and inert metaphors, exiled from actual experience and emotions 8776 (Ryan, Shakespeare, 7nd ed: Prentice Hall, 6995). 8775 She is too fair, too wise, wisely too fair, To merit bliss by making me despair. She hath forsworn to love, and in that vow Do I live dead that live to tell it now 8776 ). Such language traps both lover and loved in a 8775 degrading charade of domination and subjection 8776 . Romeo seems to search for a self elsewhere, 8775 I have lost myself, I am not here. 8776
The following analysis reveals a comprehensive look at the Storyform for Romeo and Juliet. Unlike most of the analysis found here which simply lists the unique individual story appreciations this in-depth study details the actual encoding for each structural item. This also means it has been incorporated into the Dramatica Story Expert application itself as an easily referenced contextual example.
Romeo and Juliet essays are academic essays for citation. These papers were written primarily by students and provide critical analysis of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
Lord and Lady Capulet force Juliet to marry Paris without asking her opinion because they assume that she will obey them. They misunderstand the extent and purpose of her grief following Tybalt’s death.
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Shakespeare compares their love with other versions of love in the play to show their superiority and maturity and the capacity for reconciliation: compare their love with Romeo 8767 s love for Rosaline which appears pretentious, affectatious and distant, the Nurse’s version of sexual love and the parents’ version of loved based on duty and obligation.
The plan appears simple, but is risk-laden. It encourages Juliet to deceive her parents. She feigns death which leads to disaster upon the lack of communication with Romeo. Friar Lawrence’s scheme is not well planned and is perhaps too sophisticated for the lovers. Juliet blindly places her faith in the Friar and when the plan backfires both Romeo and Juliet are too naive and innocent to think of other remedies.
Romeo has wreaked vengeance on Tybalt and consummated his marriage to Juliet. Now, banished to Mantua, he is conscious he must wait until word from Friar Lawrence to return. Tragically, he is misinformed of his beloved 8767 s death and makes the conscious decision to follow her in the afterlife.
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Juliet 8767 s thematic conflict is best illustrated when she dares to disobey her parents. Her apparent willfulness compels her father to threaten the very security she is dependent upon.
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