In Act 1, Romeo's most pronounced qualities are his petulance and capriciousness. More often than not, the play is used in institutions to teach literature. They speak together in a sonnet, and Romeo eventually earns Juliet's permission for a kiss. Romeo is a passionate, extreme, excitable, intelligent, and moody young man, well-liked and admired throughout Verona. Compare and contrast the characters of Romeo and Juliet. Juliet, on the other hand, is an innocent girl, a child at the beginning of the play, and is startled by the sudden power of her love for Romeo. They serve a merely functional purpose, representing law and order in Verona.
Most important is the idea that an individual or individuals is or are defeated by forces beyond his or her control; tragedies most often celebrate human willpower in the face of bad luck or divine antagonism. This rush heightens the sense of pressure that hangs in the atmosphere of the play. From Act 3 scene 2: Explain the dramatic irony at the beginning of the scene. There are several different sources that inform the contemporary text of Romeo and Juliet. The family asks Benvolio where Romeo is, and he tells them that the boy has been in a strange mood lately.
The play has its setting in the 16th century in the city of Verona in Italy. A conceit is an extended, exaggerated comparison or metaphor between two unlike things—in this case, between Paris and a book that needs to be bound. Queen Mab is a rather vicious figure who forces sexuality upon women in a largely unpleasant and violent way. The fact that Romeo and Juliet rushes through events might be an allusion to the impetuous nature of teenagers. When her mother insists she consider Paris as a potential mate, Juliet is clearly uninterested, but understands that a vocal refusal will gain her nothing.
Sexuality is rampant throughout the play, starting with the servants' bawdy jokes in the first scene. Drawing his sword, he commands them to stop. Alas, this is exactly what will occur, and Juliet dies barely one day after her marriage. Act One, Scene One Two Capulet servants — and — loiter on the street, waiting for some Montague servants to pass. Capulet suggests to Paris that he should try to impress Juliet at a masked ball that the Capulets are hosting that evening. They explain how two families in Verona — the Capulets and the Montagues - have reignited an ancient feud, and how two lovers, one from each family, will commit suicide after becoming entangled in this conflict.
He even prefers being dead than being banished. Why is the term appropriate for the love Romeo and Juliet feel for each other? Though Romeo and Juliet has become an archetypal love story, it is in fact a reflection of only one very specific type of love — a young, irrational love that falls somewhere between pure affection and unbridled lust. When Juliet arrives, the Nurse tells a rambling, embarrassing story about how her late husband had once made an inappropriate sexual joke about Juliet when she was an infant. As the party winds down, Juliet asks her Nurse about Romeo. How do they develop throughout the play? Romeo and Juliet was popular during Shakespeare's time, but over the centuries it has become nothing short of omnipresent. Immediately following the Sonnet is the introduction of Sampson and Gregory, two brutish men whose appearance lays the groundwork for a disordered street brawl. How do Romeo and Juliet relate to their parents? Shakespeare's primary inspiration for the play was Arthur Brooke's Tragical History of Romeus and 1562 , a long and dense poem.
In Act I, there are several moments where the characters foreshadow the death to come. What do they talk about? As The Church of England turned Protestant, it became more publicly acceptable for a play including vices such as lust, suicide, and murder, to be set in a Catholic country. However, she does not get any response. The second reason, is that Shakespeare based the play on a story that was originally Italian, and therefore decided to pay tribute to the original by setting it in its country of inception. It was the basis for Prokofiev's famous ballet, and has inspired numerous Operas, pop and jazz songs, books, games, and musicals. The main idea has to do with religion. It is important to note that Shakespeare wanted Romeo and Juliet to be recognized as tragedy, even though he subverts the genre in many ways.
For example, the diametric opposition between order and disorder is central to to Romeo and Juliet. The plot of Shakespeare's and Juliet remains mostly true to Brooke's poem, though Shakespeare exercised artistic license in several instances. The play is filled with puns, oxymorons, soliloquy, and paradoxes. Guided by her feelings for him, she develops very quickly into a determined, capable, mature, and loyal woman who tempers her extreme feelings of love with sober-mindedness. Romeo and Juliet also deals with the issue of authoritarian law and order. In Juliet, Romeo finds a legitimate object for the extraordinary passion that he is capable of feeling, and his unyielding love for her takes control of him. Only after the suicides will the families decide to end their feud.
This indicates the way in which these lovers can only be together when they are completely separated from the flawed morality and complications of the world around them. Act One, Scene Two Lord Capulet for permission to marry Juliet, but Capulet insists that Paris should be patient, since Juliet is only thirteen. What gives her the strength to take it? Below are some ten commonly asked questions and answers from the play. And why is it believed to take place in the 16th century? The mother describes Paris as beautiful, comparing him to a fine book that only lacks a cover. The Nurse is intriguing because of her self-deceit. What if the dead spirits of her ancestors decide to haunt her and drive her insane as she waits for Romeo? Act 4 scene 3: Juliet is quite skeptical with the portion she is about to take.
The servant, who has the names of the guests, does not know how to read, so he asks Romeo if he knows how to read. Does the play seem to take place over as little time as it actually occupies? Other characters that Shakespeare introduces in Act 1 reveal a glimmer of their inner desires even if they do not yet have a chance to express them. Peter cannot read, so he asks them to help him interpret the list. While they do discuss their aggression towards the Capulets, they also make numerous sexual puns, undoubtedly intended to amuse the audience. Romeo and Juliet begins with a Chorus, which establishes the plot and tone of the play. Can that conversation take place today? Her act of innocent submission will allow her to be devious later on, to her advantage. From who does she decide to get help? It turns out that the have spread word of the street fight, and arrives before anyone is killed.
They decide to attend - even though it is a Capulet party, they will be able to disguise their identities by wearing masks. Is it plausible that a love story of this magnitude could take place so quickly? However, as his speech continues, Mercutio portrays a level of intensity that Romeo lacks. By compressing all the events of the love story into just a few days, Shakespeare adds weight to every moment, and gives the sense that the action is happening so quickly that characters barely have time to react, and, by the end, that matters are careening out of control. As you read independently, try to answer the questions as best you can and plan to come to class seeking the answers you could not get on your own. At the beginning of the play, he mopes over his hopeless unrequited love for Rosaline. Juliet does not promise anything to her mother, but she does agree to study Paris that night.