Pride And Prejudice Essay

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William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, is about two love struck teenagers who aren’t able to be together due to their families feud and social situation. There are two key themes, which ripple throughout the play, which are total opposites- but they add to the tension and drama of the play, they are love and hate. Before Romeo and Juliet meet, the audience is only aware that he is a Montague and that she is a Capulet. This adds to the dramatic irony of the scene as do other confrontations-, which lead the audience to be teetering on the edge of their seat!

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Shakespeare uses Romeo’s quixotic soliloquy to intensify the mood of the party and to twist the themes again from hatred to love. His passion identifies to the audience for the first time how he feels about Juliet- even though this is the first time they have encountered each other. “For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night”, he speaks of Juliet’s beauty being pure and true as he also compares her to a dove which represents these feelings, it also symbolises peace- which is of total contrast to the key theme of hate. By using the word “ne’er” Romeo is completely dismissing his previous “love” Rosaline, who before the Capulet’s party was the only one for him. He outlines that Juliet’s beauty is unmatched by those in the room by comparing her to “a rich jewel in an ethiopes ear.” She stands out from the dark sombre crowd of hatred and dazzles like a jewel beaming youthfulness with vibrant character. Also, jewels are rare and precious, so for Romeo to compare her to one, he’s inferring that she is worth holding on to, this is a crucially foreshadowing moment for Shakespeare as he gives us the audience an insight of what’s to come! The speech as a whole shows Romeo in his true light- Shakespeare has created him to be a typical romantic Renaissance man, exaggerated, highly emotional, eager for change and poetic. The speech has high power because Shakespeare has decided to use rhyming couplets. Shakespeare has created contrasts – bright and night, with these ends to the opening lines. Shakespeare has related this speech to the relationship of Romeo and Juliet at this point in the play as they are, two total opposite characters that somehow connect to become the most famous couple in English Literature.

Shakespeare creates excitement but also an element of terror to the play by introducing the speech of Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt. Tybalt is strong and hateful towards Romeo, as he is aware that there is one, if not more Montagues present at an all Capulet Ball. By using dialogue such as ‘what dare that slave come hither’ and ‘uncle, this is a Montague, our foe’ Shakespeare is able to translate the forceful hate and rivalry, possessed between Tybalt to Romeo and generally the drama and conflict between Capulet and Montague. The word “slave” is quite demeaning and as Tybalt uses this undermining language, he is inferring that Romeo is very much of lower importance than himself. This is very tense for the audience but it is however also very thrilling. Capulet’s response to Tybalt is to say that Romeo is a “virtuous and well governed youth”, this is an uplifting change to the hatred and aggression which came from Tybalt. Shakespeare has chosen for Capulet to react in rather a peculiar way after Tybalts outcry, by referring to Romeo as “virtuous” he seems to have dismissed the fact he is involved in such a serious dispute and keeps the scene flowing with love and affection.

Act 1 Scene 5 is the first time in the play that Romeo and Juliet have met...

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