William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
William Shakespeare was born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon to John
and Mary Shakespeare. He grew up learning Latin grammar and
literature mainly at a grammar school in Stratford. By 1592
Shakespeare was in the public eye for writing many successful plays
which other playwrights were clearly jealous of. Shakespeare wrote
Romeo and Juliet between 1589 and 1595 after he got the idea from
Arthur Brooke’s poem “The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet”
which was written in 1562. As well as the play being written many
times it has also been written in other languages. Shakespeare went
on to write many other ...view middle of the document...
Romeo and Juliet again meet outside the Capulet’s mansion in Act 2,
scene2 when they confess their true feelings for one another.
Juliet makes her concerns about their relationship clear to Romeo and
tells him if he is sincere then he will make arrangements for them to
be marred. They agree that Juliet will send a messenger to see him
the next morning.
“Thy propose marriage, send me word tomorrow”
This is when Juliet’s nurse gets involved in this secretive
relationship in which Romeo and Juliet don’t appear to have thought
about what will happen when they marry. This could lead to more
complications in their relationship. The nurse is however not the
only person involved in this illicit relationship. Before long Friar
Lawrence is involved when he is persuaded by Romeo to perform his
marriage to Juliet in Act 2, scene 2. This is however not the only
time he gets involved. Soon after Romeo and Juliet’s marriage a fight
starts between Mercutio and Tybalt when Tybalt demands to have a duel
with Romeo who refuses because he is now related to Tybalt. The fight
continues and Mercutio and Tybalt are killed.
This is another hint that things are going to end in a tragedy because
Romeo is banished from Verona, which means he is unable to see
Juliet. Again, Friar Lawrence gets involved by taking Romeo in and
devising a plan for him to see Juliet. After Romeo gets to see Juliet
that night she has a premonition that again is a hint of what is going
to happen. In this premonition Juliet has a vision of Romeo dead at
the bottom of a tomb.
“As one dead in the bottom of a tomb”, Act 3, scene 5.
The next day Capulet announces that he has arranged for Juliet to
marry Paris because he believes it will make Juliet happy after the
death of her cousin Tybalt. It is not this that upset her though but
is the fact that she is now unable to see Romeo ever again.