Romeo and Juliet

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Through careful analysis of Shakespeare's language, characterisation and dramatic technique,discuss the nature and development of Romeo and Juliet's relationship.

Romeo and Juliet's relationship begins and only lasts for only three days however through that short period of time the two “star crossed lovers” fall in love and subsequently get married. There families are at war and this forces Romeo and Juliet to keep there relationship and marriage secret, the pair are extremely young with Romeo being 16 and Juliet being just 14. It all ends tragically when they both commit suicide. There relationship was a rather unfortunate match under the circumstances of their families. Throughout the story Romeo appears to mature however towards the end romeo appears more violent and angry.

The first meeting between Romeo and Juliet is set up well by Shakespeare because we know about there families being at war as well as knowing Juliet has just agreed to marry Paris. Paris had approached Lord Capulet earlier that night, Lady Capulet told Juliet and Juliet replied “I'll look to like, if looking liking move: But no more deep will I endart mine eye than your consent gives strength to make it fly.” As for Romeo when we first meet him he depressed because he believes he is in love with a lady named Roseline. Because of this when Romeo and Juliet finally meet it makes Romeo appear fickle. The two protagonists finally meet at the Capulet ball, the audience can gather the impression that things wont run smoothly.

When Romeo sees Juliet he consistently uses light imagery to describe her beauty in comparison to the people around her “A snowy dove trooping with crows”. He says “Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear” this is ironic because in the end it is her beauty which brings about her untimely demise. Romeo starts off with a metaphor “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright” this again uses light imagery but the actual metaphor means her beauty is so bright that fire could learn from her. Romeo also says “For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night” this indicates that he is fickle because he thought he was in love with Roseline earlier that evening. He makes references to Juliet being some kind of goddess “make blessed my rude hand.”

Romeo and Juliet's first conversation is sparked by Romeo who proclaims his desire to kiss Juliet “To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.” this is a bold move by Romeo and this shows how his character is upfront and bold. Juliet is constantly referred to as a holy saint or goddess by Romeo “Oh then, dear saint” and this really sets the tone of the relationship with Romeo treating her as better than him. Juliet seems to carry on the flirtatious banter but on the other hand remains cool headed compared to Romeo who is mesmerized by Juliet's beauty “Good pilgrim you do wrong your hand too much what mannerly devotion shows in this”. Because of the audiences knowledge of their families and Paris the audience can see this is headed for disaster.

When Romeo climbs into the Capulet's garden he uses a soliloquy to describe how he feels about Juliet. His first mention of Juliet is in a metaphor where he describes Juliet as the sun and he wants the moon to go down so Juliet will arrive “Arise fair sun and kill the envious moon”. Romeo is in a sort of trance because he has fallen in love with Juliet “It is my lady O, it is my love!” Romeo's soliloquy makes the audience really understand his love for Juliet and this really shows how he is feeling, he feels she is the most beautiful women he has ever seen.

Juliet has fallen in love for Romeo as he has for her however Juliet appears more mature and sensible about the problem of there families. Juliet knows that there families would never accept there relationship but at the same time she knows it is only there names that make them enemy's “Tis but thy name that is my enemy”. She appears frustrated by there circumstances but she has...
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