That Shakespeare gives Juliet equal right of reply in their first sonnets sets the scene for a relationship forged on mutual attraction and a love that is reciprocal and equal. Shakespeare challenges the subordinate role of the female in conventional sonnets of the time to depict Juliet as an equal partner who is not typically silent.
Their equality is evident during their first romantic first encounter, where the young lovers speak, touch, then kiss in the course of sharing a sonnet. In this case the lovers each speak in quatrains; the passionate pilgrim, Romeo, speaks first, and unlike other 16th century traditional sonnets wherein the female voice is silent, Shakespeare gives Juliet the right of reply, showing a greater sense of power of the feminine.
Juliet is distrustful of fancy phrases and implores Romeo to speak as plainly as possible. She suggests that no matter what one calls a rose, its quality would be the same. He struggles to assert a self that is not confined to the boundaries of the feud and indeed to the language of that feud. Contrastingly, Rosaline and Romeo have a tendency to be pretentious and affected. Like Romeo, Juliet struggles to avoid the language that seeks to confine them both to an established sexual order.
Rather, Juliet asks Romeo to avoid slipping into the role of devoted worshipper at her shrine. Eventually, though love brings about a rapprochement between the families. Capulet and Montague agree to bury their feud in light of the tragedy that has befallen their families and the incredible sacrifice of the lovers. Who is to blame? The continual feud between the Montague and the Capulet families results in ongoing conflict.
There are many factors that are responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Friar Lawrence, fate and their parents can be held responsible for their tragic demise. But the lovers and Friar Lawrence, unwittingly, make decisions that undermine their best intentions.
They seem to choose against themselves. The feuding families To a large extent, the feud is responsible for the tragic deaths. Significantly, both Romeo and Juliet fall in love before they become aware that they both hail from the enemy clan. Juliet and Romeo are both determined to find a way to be together and get married despite their enemy status.
Marriage plans: Lord and Lady Capulet force Juliet to marry Paris without asking her opinion because they assume that she will obey them. You disobedient wretch!
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Friar Lawrence: a moderate world view passion and restraint Despite his best intentions, Friar Lawrence devises a plan that involves considerable risk-taking, beginning with the magic potion that Juliet must drink. Ironically, the chain of events undermines his best intentions. Whilst he preaches moderation and restraint, his plan gives rise to extreme actions. During his initial soliloquy, he tends lovingly to his plants, which he collects to make medicines. Using the analogy of the natural world, he notes that a disturbance to this natural balance has malign consequences.
This harmony can be replicated in human lives so long as passion and desire are appropriately restrained. Such comments foreshadow the simmering feud between both Tybalt and Mercutio, who misapply the notions of courage and honour, with disastrous consequences for the lovers. Shakespeare constructs the two figures, Mercutio and Tybalt, as mirror images of their different families. Both incite hatred and inflame the tension between the two clans. Both bear a grudge against each other. They both use words and phrases to deliberately offend each other. Mercutio is just as provocative as Tybalt.
His language and his words are very inflammatory. As a result, Mercutio interprets this offensively. He refuses to listen to reason from either Benvolio or Romeo. They refuse to settle for peace. They deliberately use inflammatory words and spoil for a fight. Even Friar Lawrence tries to warn him about the unforeseen consequences of impulsive actions. In his own way, Romeo unwittingly contributes to his demise because of his inability to constrain the two warring foes during the fatal encounter that precipitates his exile. Tybalt and Mercutio are both spoiling for a fight and ironically, the more Romeo seeks to reconcile the two enemies, the more he provokes the duel.
Shakespeare uses dramatic irony to show the differences between Mercutio and Tybalt who seek to provoke each other, and Romeo, who prioritises peace and reconciliation. He struggles to articulate the consequences of his profound love that have an impact upon his conduct. However, his offer of peace is misinterpreted by Tybalt as a reason to fight. To no avail.
After Tybalt kills Mercutio, Romeo decides that he must defend his honour and no longer shows control and restraint. He imagines that his love has weakened him. Only when it is too late, he realizes how foolish he has been. Sadly, Romeo also panics when he sees Juliet in the casket. Although love and peace are his main aims, Friar Lawrence instigates the dangerous plan that has disastrous consequences.
Also he knows that Juliet is threatening to kill herself if he does not find a solution. The plan appears simple, but is risk-laden. She rides over Possible answers Montagues. Is that why they are Page 45 — exercise 1our noses while we are sleeping. She 1 Romeo fell in love with Juliet wearing masks?
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Their birthdays are — success, successful, unsuccessful, between September the 24th andThe Nurse and Juliet Open answer. October the 23rd. They must be veryThe Nurse has returned from the city successfully, unsuccessfully careful in their work. They may losewhere she has seen Romeo. Juliet Page 57 — exercise 10 — failure their jobs. If they have Septemberwants to know the news but the — dying, undying, dead, deadly birthdays, they will have brokenNurse makes her wait.
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