The play I will study is called ‘Romeo and Juliet’ who was written by William Shakespeare around 1595. Shakespeare is one of the most famous writers in the world. He wrote many different styles such as comedies, plays, tragedies and poems but most of his writing is about love. Romeo and Juliet is one of the tragedies, which is famous love story in the world. It is about two main characters that cannot love each other and these two main characters is Romeo and Juliet as you thought by looking at the title. They are young lovers who loved each other secretly and married but by having a difficulty situation, they needed to separate. At last they die together in the same place on the same day.
This play and other his plays were quite new style in that day when he wrote because many plays were ended with happy ending but this ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is not a happy ending which makes people feel different also Shakespeare wrote plays something like Romeo and Juliet. For example, one of his famous play called ‘Macbeth’ this is totally different style of play but in the way of love goes is quite similar if you compare with ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Lady Macbeth, who is the wife of Macbeth, tries to defend Macbeth when he murdered someone who is similar as Juliet tried to meet Romeo and tried to make sure he is all right when Romeo killed Tybalt. These scenes have comment with each other that the main male characters are very needed to the main female characters.
I think Shakespeare wrote about love that they can not be in happy ending because of that he wanted to write something to give people new feelings and also I think in the time that he wrote these, many people could not married to someone who is that person is love with and I think he was one of those people that he loved someone but never could say a word to her which means he could not say that he loves her so he started write into the stories and started split out what he is like right now, what kind of situation he is now, what he want to be like.
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However, now on I will write about the play, Romeo and Juliet but before I write about relationship between Romeo and Juliet, I will introduce these two characters. Firstly, Romeo, he is the only son of Montague. At the start of the play, he thinks he is in love with Rosaline who is the person rejects Romeo and he goes to ball to see her but he meets Juliet and he totally forgot about Rosaline which shows he is easily to love in someone. Later he marries to Juliet secretly but he kills her cousin Tybalt and become banished from his town. This shows his still young boy because if he could think more carefully, he would not kill Tybalt who is Juliet’s cousin. Secondly, Juliet, she is only daughter of Capulets. She meets Romeo accidently at a grand party and fell in stantly in love. She marries to Romeo secretly but had big happening which was her cousin’s death and later when Romeo was banished, she was planned to run away with Romeo but the day that everything were set, there were big mistake. Romeo believed Juliet is dead and kills him to follow Juliet’s death. After, Juliet finds out Romeo’s dead so she also kills herself. Which this scene shows how much important Romeo is to Juliet. She chose death because she cannot live without him.
To begin with, I will write about that whether Romeo and Juliet are in love or if they are infatuated.
I have studied certain scenes to make my decision and now I made my decision that I decide Romeo and Juliet were infatuated because by reading the play through, I find out that Juliet did not meet many teenagers who is around her age and also Romeo has not seen girls who is around his age. When people see someone that they usually do not see around s/he, people get some kind of different feeling compare as usual and I think this kind of feeling went into them, Romeo and Juliet thought it was love but it can not be love and there are lots of reasons for this.
Firstly, they do not know about each other. They cannot say they love each other because Romeo and Juliet have good looking. Juliet says
“My only love sprung from my only hate!
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
Prodigious birth of love it is to me,
That I must love a loathed enemy.”
– Act I Scene 5 line 137~140 –
This shows she thinks she is in love with Romeo but as you cans see in line Year 11 GCSE Coursework
138, ‘Too early seen unknown, and known too late.’ She’s saying she did not know he is Montague when she met him for first time, which means if she knew him before they met that Romeo is Montague, she might not have fallen in love with Romeo.
This shows Juliet still does not know about Romeo such as what kind of person he is the one that she knows about him are name and the relationship between her family and his family. There’s no difference, no changes about Romeo but the way Juliet said that there might be probability she would not love Romeo if she knew he is Montague shows she does not love Romeo as a man. It could be mean she really does not like Montague but Romeo, if she felt love in first sight, there will be no difference whatever she knew he was Montague or not.
In Act I Scene 5 line 43~52, Romeo says how much beautiful Juliet is,
‘O she doth each the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
As a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear-
Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear;
So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows,
As yonder lady o’er her fellows shows.
The measure done, I’ll watch her place of stand,
And touching hers, make blessed my rude hand.
Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!
For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night’
The line 51-52 shows Romeo is not in love, He’s infatuated. He says he never seen someone beautiful as Juliet is and also saying he do not think he loved somebody before he meet Juliet. But before Romeo sets eyes on Juliet, he said to Benvolio, who is Montague’s nephew and friend to Romeo, that he is in love with Rosaline which means until Romeo seen Juliet, he believed he is in love with Rosaline but now he’s saying he thinks he didn’t love anyone until today, until he meets Juliet. This shows Romeo is a person who is easily gets feeling of love. He just totally forgot about Rosaline in the grand party, which means he go to the grand party to see Rosaline but when he sees Juliet, he dropped feeling that is about Rosaline. Also the way Romeo said between line 51 and 52 was he thinks he is in love with Juliet and Juliet is really very pretty and this means he feels he is in love Year 11 GCSE Coursework
with Juliet because she’s pretty. This is definitely not in love. Most people like someone who has good-looking face. I think Romeo is one of these kinds of people but that feeling is quite stronger than the others.
Overall, I think they are infatuated and the feeling they had from each other was feeling that is for something that they should not be together which means they did not met their age people so wanted to know each other. This is that they felt something different and this is what they felt when they met first time.