Drama: Romeo and Juliet and Juliet References Romeo Essay

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Paige Butler
Shakespearean Drama
The Antagonist of a story is the force working against the protagonist, this can be another character, a group a characters, or something non- human, such as nature or society. (As stated in the grade 9 literature book) My example of an antagonist is Tybalt compared to Romeo. Tybalt is constantly trying to start fights with Romeo and, eventually, he succeeds. Because of Tybalt, Romeo is banished from the city Verona, where his beloved wife Juliet lives. Another example of an Antagonist is, Paris compared to Juliet. Paris is the main reason that Juliet deems it necessary to take a potion to fake her death. This ultimately leads to the death of both Romeo and Juliet in the end.

A foil in a story is a character whose personality and attitude contrast with those of another character. This highlights both characters’ traits. (As stated in the grade 9 literature book) In Act I, Scene 4, when Romeo describes his love for Rosaline using the image of love as a rose with thorns, Mercutio mocks this conventional device by punning “If love be rough with you, be rough with love; Prick love for pricking and you beat love down.” Mercutio’s speech, while tension for Romeo’s first meeting with Juliet at the Capulet ball, indicates that although Mercutio is Romeo’s friend, he can never be his confidant.

Dramatic Irony is when the reader or viewer knows something that a character doesn’t know. This also helps to build suspense in a situation. (As stated in the grade 9 literature book)A good example of this is, Act 4, scene 5 - Juliet is found dead in her bed - they all think that she is dead/ she is not dead - "Lady, lady, lady!—Alas, alas! Help, help! My lady's dead!" Another example is, Act 3, Scene 2 - the nurse weeps (for Tybalt), but at first she never openly states who she is weeping for. Juliet misinterprets her and thinks that Romeo has been killed. (It’s actually Tybalt) "Alack the day! He's gone, he's killed, and he’s dead!"

An aside is a character’s remark either to the audience or to another character that others on stage don’t hear. This reveals characters private thoughts and feelings. (As stated in the grade 9 literature book) An example of this is Act 2, Scene 2- Romeo: “Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?”

Comic relief is a humorous scene or speech intended to lighten the mood. An example of this is Act 2, scene one: Mercutio; “I conjure thee by Rosaline's bright eyes, by her fine foot, straight leg, and quivering thigh, and the demesnes that there adjacent lie, that in thy likeness thou appear to us!” Benvolio; And if he hear thee, thou wilt anger him. Mercutio; “This cannot anger him. 'Twould anger him To raise a spirit in his mistress' circle Of some strange nature, letting it there stand Till she had laid it and conjured it down.”

Iambic pentameter is a type of meter that had five un-stressed syllables. This is to prevent the play from monotonous. Also helps to put emphasis on important details. Act 2 Scene 2; “But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, Who is already sick and pale with grief, That thou her maid art far more fair than she: Be not her maid, since she is envious; Her vestal livery is but sick and green And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.

Part two:
What do you find at the beginning of a play that tells who’s in the play?
Answer: Character cast.
What is written at the beginning of the scene that notes key details and summarizes what is about to happen?
Answer: Prologue.

Paige Butler 5-9-13
Romeo and Juliet Final assessment
“When Juliet is speaking at her window, she asks Romeo to change his name.” In The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, one of the main plots of the whole story was the family feud. The Montagues and the Capulets are enemies. Juliet references Romeo changing his name