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Shakespeare Assessment

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Josh Brown

on 14 November 2013

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Shakespeare Assessment
The 5 acts
Act I - The feud between the two houses.
Dramatic Devices
Dramatic Irony - irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play
- Could it be that Juliet and Romeo were doing this just because it was taboo, or forbidden?
Bold, Impetuous , Offensive
I chose Mercutio because out of all characters, he stood out to me, and was one that truly thought in a different way of anyone else and was not the "standard" character that never broke any rules that haven't already been repeatededly broken in other typical plays. He is the character I will mainly remember after reading this play because of his attractive traits.
Mercutio makes very questionable choices; ones that one does not usually do. He sees the world in a different way, also expressing his Ideas to the world and his best friend, Romeo.
“Mab is the old hag who gives false sex dreams to virgins and teaches them how to hold a lover and bear a child.”
(This statement is stated during the monologue where Mercutio clarifies that dreams are a lie, and boldly presents strong, clear, analogies towards the woman towards the dreams.)
He ignores manners towards women, friends, and the issues of the time. Expressing his thoughts at the exact moment he thinks of it, he shows his opinion, which is usually dirty and unfortunately right.
“Good Peter, to hide her face, for her fan’s the fairer face.”
(This statement is stated during the time when the nurse is looking for Romeo to request the position in the marriage, but when looking, she finds mercutio and his friends, who describe her looks and opposition which in this quarrel, Mercutio states that the fan is prettier than her which is fairly rude and offensive, but he was being honest.)
He acts upon instinct without truly thinking about what will happen after or what the consequences will be. Romeo and Mercutio have this similar trait, acting on something instantaneously.

“Come on, sir; perform your forward thrust, your passado.”

(This statement is stated during the fight where Mercutio is murdered due to Romeo’s care; but it shows the impulsive want to be angry, by Mercutio. And due to this want to be angry, it leas to getting him killed for wanting the fight to happen just from his sheer traits)
Act II – Love at first sight, then marriage within a day
Act III – Romeo’s exile and Juliet’s new husband
Act IV - The friar’s plan
Act V – Climax, Falling Action, and Climax… All in one!
Act I
Act I introduces the quarrel of the two, Montague, and Capulet It shows two families in deep hate from some past event. This act also provides introduction to Romeo, who is either depressed or happy, simply our exposition. In the deep depression that claims Romeo due to Rosaline’s rejection, he finds Juliet, his star crossed lover which disbands the depression state, after being convinced by Benvolio to attend a party hosted by the Capulet family. It is almost love at first sight when Romeo sees her, and after, performs a dance with her, while she is expected to marry Prince, or a man picked by the father and mother. The father wants Juliet to be happy so he gives her a choice of whom she will marry instead of demanding the marriage like her mother did. Act I closes with Juliet and Romeo separated only to want to be together, immediately with passion growing for each other, bringing II.
Act II
Act opens with Romeo trying to find Juliet. As he wanders, he notices the balcony which Juliet stands with her mind wandering of Romeo. They meet again and express their feelings and love. They do not wait for the opportunity of having a slow romantic relationship and move forward and faster than needed. Soon, they agree to marriage with less than day of knowing one another. The friar does not truly approve, knowing it is just young love and knowing that Romeo switches out a girl he likes often, but in thinking that it will combine the families and settle the past quarrel, he allows them to marry. In the last scene of act II, the friar shares the advice in the phrase,” these violent delights have violent ends”, which foreshadows the death of Romeo & Juliet. This is our rising action due to the buildup of suspension to what will happen when the two houses find out.
In this act, Mercutio, or Romeo’s best friend, provokes a fight with Tybalt, who is now connected to Romeo through marriage of Juliet. Romeo proceeds to cease the fight between them, but in this, he accidently provides Tybalt the entry of a wound towards Mercutio. Mercutio then makes the brilliant foreshadow of the feud between the houses in the line, “I am hurt. A plague a' both your houses! I am sped. Is he gone and hath nothing?” which tells us that something is coming towards the houses for the death of him. Romeo, now in a furious state, runs for Tybalt, in revenge and duels with him, resulting in the death of Romeo’s cousin, the prince of Capulet, Tybalt. The prince calls for them and claims that Romeo is exiled from the town, but if he shall come back, death will find him there, but not immediate death because Mercutio was friends with both families, even with the prince, but not related to them. Romeo is ashamed of being banned and is afraid of what Juliet thinks, but to his luck, she takes up for him and still wants to be with him, but the ashamed Romeo attempts suicide, and even claims he would rather death than exile. In Friar’s plan to bring Romeo back to town through good behavior and the issue of the marriage, Romeo is sent away to Mantua. During this time, Juliet is forced marriage to Paris, for Thursday. This ending strikes wonder as to what is going to happen when she marries with someone of whom she doesn’t love and what will happen to Romeo… leading us to see that this would still be considered rising action..
Act IV
Within this act, Paris tries to woe Juliet but fails to in her mourning “over Tybalt.” Paris demands the marriage by Thursday, which was originally earlier. She is told to wait for some time for Romeo and the friar creates an idea for Juliet’s return with Romeo. It involves the potion resulting in a fake death of Juliet, instead of her having to kill herself because she did not want to kiss another other than Romeo. Romeo is never told that she is not really dead however, but he was supposed to receive a note from the priest exposing his plan. Juliet receives the potion that causes her to stay asleep for 42 hours, taken right before the night of the wedding. Juliet pretends to like Paris and consent to the marriage so the marriage is moved to Wednesday. On the night before the day of the wedding, Juliet asks the nurse to allow her to sleep in the room by herself. She knows the friar is untrustworthy in the decision of the marriage but she refuses to be with Paris and finally acts on her final decision. In this scene, she proves her strength to the readers. A funeral is then arranged.
Act V
Within this act, Romeo is told by his servant that he witnessed Juliet placed in a tomb. He then buys a poison from the apothecary to lie next to Juliet’s corpse in the tomb. When Romeo reaches the tomb, he meets Paris and then they fight. Afterward, Paris is dead and Romeo enters the tomb. Romeo discovers Juliet and takes the potion instantly. The friar tries to get to Romeo, but it is too late. He leaves after the guards start to come, but when Juliet wakes up to Romeo dead, she thrusts the dagger into herself. This is the climax; our final moment with Juliet and Romeo. When the families realize that forcing the marriage onto them was making them closer together, it was too late. They settled for an agreement for Romeo & Juliet to have a double burial after the friar explained what happened, being the falling action.
Monologues - a long speech by one actor in a play
Soliloquies - speaking aloud without the presence of others, or simply by one's self
Dramatic Irony
Juliet has a bit of Dramatic Irony (Info that the audience knows secretly, but the other character or characters in the play do not know.) in the play, because we all truly know that she is not dead or accepting the marriage truly, agreeing to her mother in act 4, scene 4, about romeo being a villain, but the death is real to her family and even Romeo in the ending.
There are many monologues in this play, but my favorite is Mercutio’s “Queen Mab” speech. His monologue is a perfect example of what all monologues are because, in front of everyone, he displays what he thinks or, in this case, sees in his dreams. He sets up a long speech about Queen Mab, and who she is, what she does, etc. These longs speeches called monologues are typically uninterrupted, but spoken to everyone, including the characters. Eventually, Romeo interrupts Mercutio...so rude of him.
Like the monologues, there are many throughout the play that express things in a similar manner to the Monologue, however one sharp difference. In a soliloquy, the character expresses something or talks generally about a subject, to self, without another character's observation. In this case, act 2, scene 1, Romeo talks about Juliet and her beauty to just the audience about his new found “love,” or so he says. Some may argue this isn't a soliloquy, but romeo never says it directly to Juliet where she can here it. She does not notice until he "heroically" appears from the bushes after. His form was magnificent.
Kids go against rules just because it's forbidden
- Was it just a phase of Romeo and Juliet being mad at the separation of the two families and wanting to be together?
- Or was this truly real love between them and not just a phase of two too young to know what love is?
Theme Explanation
I'd rather die.
When two people are in love, they should question why they are in love. In Romeo and Juliet, they don’t think that they are too young to love and so, their “passion” grows so strong that they do not care of they died for another just to show it. They knew each other only a little less than a day, but yet, they get married. Juliet says in scene 1 act 2, "O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?Deny thy father and refuse thy name.Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and I’ll no longer be a Capulet." I think she is just mad at her father for not being able to be with romeo, so she wants to rebel against his rule and prove something to him. They are only together for a short standard amount of time, yet they kill themselves over their death, which proves that she is trying to prove her passion to her father. It’s simply not them being in love, but it is necessarily a test of the two houses of their passion that grew strong enough to prove anything wrong, like the quarrel of the houses and their realization being on death not love. They are simply attracted to each other, due to the forbidden rule.
Scene 1, Act 2
  (Romeo speaks to himself about Juliet)
O, speak again, bright angel! For thou art
As glorious to this night, being o'er my head,
As is a wingèd messenger of heaven
Unto the white, upturnèd, wondering eyes
Of mortals that fall back to gaze on him
When he bestrides the lazy-puffing clouds
And sails upon the bosom of the air.
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