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Essay on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Created in 1595, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is about two star-crossed lovers from opposing families who hold an ancient grudge. The theme is about love and hate throughout the play. Shakespeare built up the tension to Scene 5 from the start of Act 1 intelligently by, for example, building up the feud between the families. This build up of tension is essential to the context of the story and without this the play would not be as dramatically effective. Right from the very start, the feud between the Montague’s and the Capulet’s builds up impact and drama. For example, Tybalt said: “this is a Montague, our foe”. Prior to this scene, Shakespeare shows an insight into each character. Tybalt is portrayed as a hostile character that has…show more content…
Shakespeare has made this more dramatically effective in how he has made Romeo fall in love with Juliet the moment he saw her. He did not know at the time that she was a Capulet. At the first moment he asks a servant “who’s is that lady who’s gracing hand of that gentleman there?” Shakespeare has transformed him to be in love with Juliet and he has quickly forgotten about Rosaline. He says to himself: “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear- Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear! So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows, As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows. The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand, And, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.” He is saying that Juliet so beautiful that she could make torches around the hall glow bright and she is a dazzling jewel illuminating the sky of which is dark. He is also saying that she stands out like a snowy dove in a field of crows. He has said that he has never met a girl with true beauty until that night. Shakespeare has made it more dramatically effective by showing that Romeo’s feelings for Juliet are genuine unlike his love for Rosaline. In the early scenes of the play, Juliet is very obedient when the subject of love
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