Romeo and Juliet Essay

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Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written early in the carrier of William Shakespeare. The play is about the two young lovers and their deaths in the end of the play unite their fighting families. The play was among the most popular Shakespeare has ever written and with Hamlet and Macbeth the most played. The two leading roles today considers as archetypical young lovers. Shakespeare's use of dramatically structure, especially the effects of the switch between comedy and tragedy, is to increase the tension, his underlining of smaller characters and his use of subplots to beautify the story is a good sign of his early dramatically gifts. Act 1: The chorus introduces the play. It explains how two families in Verona, the Montegues and the Capulets have an ancient feud. They all fight. The masters, the friends and even the servants fight each other from each family. The first scene the servants already start a fight, mainly to capture the audience's attention. The first scene shows the long standing hatred between the families. At the same time we see some of the major themes of the play. The opening of the tragedy is a marvel of economy, descriptive power and excitement. The families are so blinded by hatred and honor. The first scene also introduces us to Romeo the lover. But it is not Juliet he is in love with it is Rosaline. Rosaline never appears but Romeos friends believe that he is in love with her through the play. Friar Lawrence for one expresses his shock that Romeos love can shift so quickly from Rosaline to Juliet. Rosaline is in the play to demonstrate Romeos passionate nature and his love for love. Romeos love for Rosaline seems like an immature love, it is more a statement that he is ready to be in love than actual love. "Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health." (1.1.173) It is from reading bad love poetry. He spouts about

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