In the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’, William Shakespeare brings to the audience a strong idea of ‘fate’. Shakespeare tells the tale of two star crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, whose short romance is plagued with tragedy. One of the main themes and significant factors in Romeo and Juliet is fate. This indicates that Romeo and Juliet's life could be influenced by some power other than their own. During Shakespeare's time most Elizabethans believed in fate and the idea that everything would eventually fall into place.
d’E 1 Kylene J. d'E Mr. Voisey ENG 4U October 28, 2012 Where Art Thou Horatio? A best friend or a “wingman” is very important character to every story. This is like Horatio and Hamlet. One could definitely say that Horatio’s role is a crucial one in the play Hamlet written by Shakespeare. Moreover, it is shown many times throughout the play how critical Horatio is for the play’s plot as a character with great importance to Hamlet, the truth, and the ending outcome of the whole play.
The first four songs are based on the first four scenes. The fifth and the sixth songs are in Friar and Nurse’s perspective. Quotes from the play are well used in the lyrics; help the readers to understand the character’s characteristic and what happen throughout each scene. First song, “Bite my thumb” is about the fight between the two rival houses’ servants. By using aggressive verbs and strong beat, it shows the conflict between the two families, which is very important for people to know so that they can have better ideas of why Romeo and Juliet’s love is a forbidden love.
Romeo and Juliet Since Shakespeare’s time, a huge number of artistic materials were created or performed based on his plays. Romeo and Juliet is one of his most famous works which is significant because of its powerful story and dialogs. Baz Luhrmann’s version of this play is different from most of the other adaptations based on it. In my opinion, Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet fails to satisfy the viewers in many ways. The idea behind the film would seem creative at first, but the problem is that the combination of a classic play and a modern world depicted in a mainstream picture format just doesn’t make sense.
“Myself Condemed and Myself Excus’d: Tragic Effects in Romeo and Juliet” offers a critical and analytical insight into William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The essay, written by Joan Ozark Holmer, explores Shakespeare’s unique way of complicating the story of “star cross’d lovers.” The essay, analyzes Shakespeare’s explores the many complications Shakespeare made to the story of Romeo and Juliet, and how both his modification of characters from that of past authors, and his complication of seemingly straight-forward actions add to the dramatic and the tragic effects that render Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet the “earliest and greatest.” (Holmer 345) Romeo later cries that he is "fortune's fool" (3.1.141), and Juliet exclaims that she has an "ill-divining soul" (3.5.52). Moreover, their predictions extend into their dreams, as Romeo says "I dreamt my lady came and found me dead" (5.1.6). So in keeping with tradition set down by the likes of Seneca and Boethius, Fate controls Shakespeare's doomed lovers. And "[t]he intent of this emphasis is clear.
My interpretation of a text is the most important, this is due to my own life experiences influencing my opinions on what I read and view, this is what differentiates our opinions and interpretations of what we learn as we have all had different experiences with the common themes presented in the original text Romeo and Juliet and its most popular appropriations. When exploring texts such as Romeo and Juliet which was written in 1596 ago we begin to realise as a society how relevant these recurring theme tend to be regardless of the vast amount of time difference these commonly known themes such as tragic love, violence and death which have all become second nature to our generations as we have been desensitised by the media and all our surroundings. Romeo and Juliet’s storyline has been used as inspiration to many directors as they attempt to convey their own interpretation of the original text to a broader audience by using film. Violence is a reoccurring theme in the text and its appropriations both feuding families pride themselves in the way they have established their name and differentiated themselves from the commoners and their feuding family this is why violence takes place “both houses a like in dignity” they clash as they are to similar this is reinforced by zefereli’s appropriation if the original text, he stays true to the text by setting it in the renaissance period and using the Elizabethan language he separates the to families by using elaborate costuming. However the violence presented in Baz Lermann’s Romeo and Juliet is vastly different as in the original it portrays tragedy and doom but Lurmann creates an element of humour drawn from common stereotypes of the race of the actors he chose to portray each character, for example in the near beginning of the film when the Capulet’s meet the Montague’s at the petrol station a western theme is
‘The Prologue of Romeo and Juliet Introduces Many Themes That We Are Forced to Confront Even in the First Scene’ When reading the prologue, it is evident to see that the barefaced reason for the presence of the Prologue is deliberately to introduce the varying themes of the play in it, which is set in the town of Verona, where Romeo and Juliet begin their deep emotional journey, progressing through lust, love and eventually, death. We can analyse all the main features set very early on during the play, and through this, examine the deeper, more meaningful uses. The Prologue not only merely underpins the main genres and motifs and sets the scene of Romeo and Juliet; it engages the audience into wanting to know what will happen in the duration of the play. Even from the very first line of The Prologue, the scene is set; and listeners’ intuition will undoubtedly think that the phrase that adducts to an ‘ill-fated couple’ with its use of the word “star-crossed,” which means, literally, against the stars. Stars, in 16th century Verona (and Italy) were thought to determine certain people’s fate.
Thesis statement: William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, portrays the theme of destiny and fate. This is evident through the numerous situations and coincidences that occurred in the play. The first example of fate and destiny is showed in the prologue when it says “a pair of star-crossed lovers”. In this quote, it is referring to Romeo and Juliet and it is stating that they are destined to be together. To back this up, there are a number of other situations that bring Romeo and Juliet together and appear to very coincidental.
THEA 101 Comparative Essay Cloud nine and Trifles Question Two: Compare the ways in which characters are developed and distinguished one from another in your two chosen plays. Ensure that you consider the performative requirements and potential, as well as the relationship between dialogue, plot, and theme. In any play, characters are the most important element. They influence everything, from the plot to the costumes to the lighting and action. Remove a protagonist from the textual play and everyone else will be impacted; relationships will change, themes will modify and the plot will be altered.
Explore the soliloquies of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ throughout the play. What do they tell us about their state of mind? Throughout this play, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, there are many soliloquies that contain the themes of lightness and darkness, time, allusions, foreshadowing and fate. In this essay, I will study how Shakespeare has used these themes to inform the audience about Romeo and Juliet’s state of mind. The soliloquy in Act 1, Scene 5 lines 42-51 is given to us by Romeo.