William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet 'Romeo and Juliet' is a perennial and universal play, tracking two young lovers, faced with adversity as they try to build they lives together, but inevitably end up dead because of their families' ancient feud. Before we even meet Romeo in Act 1 sc I we know he is lovesick when his father and Benvolio are discussing him saying, 'so early walking did I see your son', 'he gladly fled from me,' and 'shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out,' showing that Romeo just wants to be by himself, he is avoiding his friends and just finding it hard to sleep. When we finally meet him the first thing he says is, 'is the day so young,' showing that time is dragging for him. We are shown that love rules you when Romeo says that love' 'should be so tyrannous and rough in proof!' indicating that love has overwhelmed him and it has been afflicted on him. When Romeo says, 'Grief's of mine own lie heavy in my breast,' we see love being presented as suffering and tragic. We see that Romeo has lost himself when he says 'I have lost myself, I am not here, this is not Romeo, he's some other where,' and because he is speaking in the third person we see that he is longing to find himself. In his description of Rosaline, Romeo says, 'From Love's weak childish bow she lives uncharmed,' showing that his love is not being returned. But we still have an expectation that Romeo will always love Rosaline, when he says, 'thou canst not teach me to forget,' and so we don't expect that by the next act Romeo will be out of love with Rosaline and in love with Juliet. In Romeo's riddle, 'this love fell I that fell no love in... ... middle of paper ... ...ns, happens. There is a contrast in tone from the beginning of Act 1 sc I to the end of Act 1 sc I. At the beginning we have Sampson and Gregory being crude and vulgar and at the end we have Romeo and Benvolio talking about Romeo's love for Rosaline. There is also the matter of the Public conflict of the families' and the Private conflict of Romeo. We see the echo of Act 1 sc I to Act 3 sc I which is a theme in five act plays- the twist is always in the third act. Apart from the issue of love and lovesickness, this play is very irrelevant to 21st century life. For instance Juliet relies heavily on her parents, and she has to have parental consent for everything, whereas in this day and age if we loved someone and our parents don't approve, it doesn't matter because there is always a way for people to be together.
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