“From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life”– Prologue This refers to the destiny and inevitability of the two characters paths crossing. The term ‘star-crossed’ also adds onto the idea that their fate has been pre determined.
“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.” – Romeo The window becomes the east and Juliet becomes the sun in Romeo’s thoughts. He imagines that she is the sun transforming darkness into daylight. Romeo likewise personifies the moon later on calling it “sick and pale with grief” at the fact Juliet, the sun, is far brighter and more beautiful.
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet” – Juliet In this quote Juliet is telling Romeo that a name is meaningless and artificial convention. She is saying she loves the person called Montague, not the name and not the family. Which explains Juliet’s ill fate of being a Capulet and Romeo being a Montague. Romeo and Juliet explore the complex relationship between fate and free will. This idea is conveyed through the quote when Juliet states “What’s in a name?” which explains her unfortunate fate of being a Capulet and Romeo being a Montague. In this quote, she tries to question why their surnames have to keep them apart.
“Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love Why then, O brawling love, O loving hate, O anything of nothing first create!” – Romeo The feud between the two powerful families has been going on for so long, no one now knows what it is about although Romeo is stating that to love being a Montague you have to hate Capulets and vice-versa.
“What, drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee.”- Tybalt Tybalt claims here that he hates peace and would rather fight the Montagues this is suggesting he wants the feud between the families to continue.
Introduction – Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare in the 1500’s conveying fate and conflict. It showcases two ‘star-crossed lovers’ whose death ultimately reconciles their families feud. Conflict is a main aspect of the storyline and reveals multiple things throughout the play. Things can be revealed as early as the prologue and which conflict can also be found through fate and can be shown internally and externally.
Paragraph 1 – The prologue can reveal the message of the play through its vague explanation of what the story is about. Every line in the prologue conveys something about the story and therefore is revealing the message of the play. “From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life”
Romeo and Juliet explore the complex relationship between fate and will. Q: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” – which explains Juliet’s ill fate of being a Capulet and Romeo being a Montague. Romeo and Juliet explore the complex relationship between fate and free will. This idea is conveyed through the quote when Juliet states “What’s in a name?” which explains her unfortunate fate of being a Capulet and Romeo being a Montague. In this quote, she tries to question why their surnames have to keep them apart.
Characters in Romeo and Juliet are not always what they seem. Q: “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight, For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” – In this quote, Romeo has instantly forgotten his love for Rosaline as soon as he saw Juliet. This makes us think was Romeo ever really in love with Rosaline to begin with? But does this mean is his desire for Juliet nothing more than meaningless infatuation.
Romeo and Juliet use conflict and opposites to expand its idea: Q:
Shakespeare’s language is where his true genius lies: Q:
Q: “A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life”
It was a bright cold day in April. The clocks were striking 13. Winston Smith had his chin nuzzled into his breast. He was escaping the vile wind. He slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions. Although not quickly enough to prevent the gritty dust enter with him.
The skyscrapers, which normally are full of purpose, are now dull and lifeless. Above me, I can only see as far as the building tops, as the gloomy fog covers this city like a blanket. I feel nothing but loneliness as I stroll these abandoned streets. The empty roads and dark skies are the only things I can relate to at the moment. Surrounded by fog I can see some of it is coming from a burning building. Normally I would freak out over this, but over these past few days, this is the new normal. This strange noise keeps re-occurring and echoing through this lifeless city and in my mind, I know that whatever it is they were the ones who destroyed my home.
Finding my vision I peer through the fog finding the thing I have been searching for this whole time, my apartment. I stumble into the familiar heavy doors although don’t smell the sweet vanilla smell that I remember. This new sense is harsh and reminds me of the bad rubbish smell, times ten. This smell is so strong something almost feels off or awfully close. My heart rate increases just thinking of what it could be. The floor is creaking as I make my way quietly to my room. Above me, a loud screech fills my ears. Forgetting about the noises, I search through the whole apartment trying to find something to fill my rumbling stomach. Nothing. I now wish I wasn’t so lazy and didn’t order takeaways every night. Thuds surround me causing goosebumps to cover me from head to toe and forcing me to enter back into reality. Above, behind, below, these ginormous footsteps feel like they are coming from every direction. Trying to pull myself together, I start thinking of possible plans. Even though I am still not certain how close this beast is, I definitely know it is way to close for my liking. My mind is stumbling for ideas, the pressure is getting to me as this is literally a life or death situation.
Overthinking the situation I eventually decide to just go for it. I know this concrete jungle like the back of my hand, therefore deciding to make my way to my favourite coffee shop. I pray that there is food here otherwise I don’t know how much longer I can survive. I exit the apartment quietly, grabbing a knife on the way out. Tiptoeing down the stairs and into the lobby a sigh of relief hits me. Above me a large green goo is dangling from the top of the building where the luxurious chandelier normally hangs. Exiting the building I realize this is probably the last time I will see it. It’s hard to process this and think of all the memories from this one building. Taking my last glance at what was once my home, it starts to creak very loud. I don’t take much notice and continue my brave journey to the coffee shop. I let my mind wander, forgetting about the devastation over these past few days. Thinking about what it was like before this science experiment was leaked into the world. Before I can get another thought into my head a massive loud screech fills the emptiness of this city. Panicking I dip into the nearest ally way. As I look back tracing where I had just come from, I experience my apartment collapse. Gone. Now it is only a pile of concrete on the ground. I can’t let this get to me. I stumble back onto the path, tears rolling down my face like a waterfall. I try to keep going, but I just can’t. Dropping to the ground my heart sinks. This is it. Normally I would never give up, but I have lost all hope. How am I, a 16 year old girl, supposed to defeat a dragon.
When my feet hit this new territory, I now realize my status. Surrounded by famous athletes and their coaches makes me feel intimidated, although I know what I’m about to do. Towering overtop of me stand the tall gates to enter the village. With my heart pounding and hands shaking, it looks suspicious and I can’t believe I’ve made it this far. As I make my way to the dressing room, I feel the nerves kick in more and can’t wait till this is over with. Overhearing everyone talk about how long they have been preparing for this makes me feel guilty, but this is the future of the Olympics and I am just starting it.
Infront of me lies this fancy dressing room, which smells like a new car. I can’t hear anyone near me, and there isn’t a window in here so I knew this was a perfect time. Behind me, the door is still wide open, as I look to close it I make sure no one sees me. I reach into my bag and open the secret compartment which luckily passed through the security unharmed. Before I do this I think back to what my coach said to me, Do I feel bad for doing this?