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Explore how Shakespeare creates different atmospheres in the build up 16th Jan 2005 to the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet.

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Explore how Shakespeare creates different atmospheres in the build up 16th Jan 2005 to the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet are the greatest "pair of star crossed lovers" ever to tread the boards, their passion and devotion for each other inspires us all. In my essay I aim to explore the dramatic devises in the last scene of this Shakespearian play and how theses techniques come together to create an atmosphere of tragedy and misfortune. Firstly in the churchyard, with the quote "I am almost afraid to stand alone." Shakespeare is creating a spooky and therefore a tense and a suspense atmosphere for the audience. This is clearly portrayed with the words "afraid" and "alone." It shows with the spookiness of the churchyard the page is scared and as a consequence this reflects on the audience too making them unnerved. Also when the page is saying these words he is saying them aside so therefore this would be dramatic irony, as we know that the page is afraid when Paris doesn't. ...read more.

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Shakespeare creates a very emotional atmosphere as Romeo has just killed him self over a big misunderstanding. This for the audience is very frustrating as dramatic irony (which is very high) comes into play here. Because if only Romeo had got the letter saying Juliet wasn't dead he wouldn't have had to kill himself. This then creates a very tragic atmosphere and high tension. Also with one of Romeos last words "kiss" It shows that Romeo wanted to be known as a romantic character when he dies and with this word, he is showing his true love for Juliet. Shortly after Romeos death we hear Friar Lawrence's conversation, "O much I fear some ill unthrifty thing." Firstly with this quote Shakespeare brings down the tension level to prepare us for the next death. But this does create a tense atmosphere, as there is high dramatic irony, because we know that something bad has happened. ...read more.

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But on the other hand the groundlings may find it humorous as so many people are dying! Lastly with Juliet's last couple of words "there rust and let me die" Shakespeare has created a very emotional atmosphere as Juliet has killed herself and if she would have woken up a couple of seconds earlier, both hers and Romeos life's would have been saved. With the words "let me die." It shows the audience that Juliet wants to die so she can be her Romeo. This would defiantly create a tragic atmosphere and a tragic ending. This would make the audience feel upset and emotional as all this time Juliet was sleeping, also how there parent's strife has ended up killing two innocent children. I have now explored the different atmospheres and the dramatic techniques that go on during the last scene of the play. But sadly because of a series of unfortunate events, these "star-crosses lovers" end up in a very tragic and blood spilt end, which makes them renowned throughout time itself as the passionate characters of Romeo and Juliet. James O'Mara - Copeman 10CMC ...read more.

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