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Explore The Way In Which Shakespeare Uses The Language Of Love And Hate in "Romeo And Juliet" To Create Emotional And Tension For The Audience.

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Explore The Way In Which Shakespeare Uses The Language Of Love And Hate in "Romeo And Juliet" To Create Emotional And Tension For The Audience Introduction Romeo and Juliet is a Shakespearian tragedy play set in Verona, Italy. It was written in the late sixteenth century, and was set around the same time. Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most famous plays. The story and plot to the play were based on a poem by Arthur Brooke in 1562 entitled The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet. He changed the name to make the British public think that they can relate to it as the characters had more local sounding names and the name of the play is shorter and easier to say. In the play Shakespeare juxtaposes the two feelings of love and hate to create an oxymoron. These two extremes give the play an enhanced feeling of tension and uncertainty. Also, the fact that the timespan the play covers is compacted from nine months to five days makes every scene feel more spontaneous and unexpected. ...read more.


Also, the prologue gives the audience a sense of dramatic irony, as they partly have been told what will happen in the play, whereas the characters have no idea. The quotation "A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life" makes you think that Romeo and Juliet, who believe that their love is because of fate, will eventually kill themselves before the end of the play. This makes the audience curious about how the characters will be driven to suicide. One reason why the concept of tragedy was so successful was the idea of catharsis. This involved people going to the theatre to see a play because they can relate their emotions to the characters in it. If someone is unhappy, and they see people in a play unhappy as well, then it makes them not feel as alone and isolated by their emotions. The prologue sets the audience up for this cathartic experience by claiming that, as mentioned above, Romeo and Juliet will commit suicide. It also mentions, "Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Doth with their death bury their parent's strife." ...read more.


"Alas that Love, whose view is muffled still, Should, without eyes, see pathways to his will! Where shall we dine? O me! What fray was here? Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all: Here's much to do with hate, but more with love: Why then, O brawling love, O loving hate, O any thing of nothing first create, O heavy lightness, serious vanity, Misshapen chaos of well seeming forms, Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health, Still-waking sleep that is not what it is, This love feel I, that feel no love in this. Dost thou not laugh?" Shakespeare uses many oxymorons in this quotation, making each phrase, for example, "loving hate", seem more dramatic to the audience. Also he uses rhyming couplets, "Why then, O brawling love, O loving hate, O anything of nothing first create" This introduces the theme of poetry to the play. Poetry is often associated with love, which is one of the main themes of the play. Before becoming famous as a playwright, Shakespeare was a poet, mainly writing sonnets, or love poetry. This shows that love was a popular theme in Elizabethan times, and often used in many art forms, and Shakespeare used this to his advantage. ...read more.

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