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How does Shakespeare get the attention of the audience in the early part of Romeo and Juliet?

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How does Shakespeare get the attention of the audience in the early part of Romeo and Juliet? A playwright wants the start of their play to catch the attention of the audience and make them want to keep watching the rest of the play to find out what happens. To do this they might start with something funny and humorous to make the audience laugh, or they might create a dramatic atmosphere to keep the audience on the edge of their seat. A playwright might also make the opening scene as action packed as possible to make the audience want more. Any of these ideas would achieve the aim of involving the audience. Shakespeare begins all of his plays differently but with something to get the audience hooked on the play. The way Shakespeare starts Macbeth is mysterious and very atmospheric, with something spooky and supernatural, but rather short and so the result is that the audience are left guessing, and the only way to find out what is going on is to watch the rest of the play. However he begins the tempest with an action paced ship wreck to instantly draw the attention of the audience by exciting them and making them want more action, which is a good way of grabbing the audience and keeping them on the edge of their seats. ...read more.


Benvolio is a more likeable character, he is fair and calm, and will try anything to keep the peace. Tybalt is a more aggressive, fiery, hot-tempered man who will try anything to get into a fight. Benvolio is a peaceful and pleasant person and it seems ironic after his attempts to stop the fight by trying to part the servants "part fools! Put up your swords; you know not what you do", that he should be one of the people that take it a step further. Tybalt's powerful, slightly over the top, statement of " turn thee, Benvolio, and look upon thy death" show his aggression perfectly. Benvolio's peacefulness and Tybalt's aggression clash and create lots of the dramatic tension that the audience sense at this point in the play. Shakespeare introduces lord Montague and lord Capulet at the beginning of the play to show their importance to the rest of the story. Shakespeare portrays the two lords to the audience as two grumpy old men with a pointless grudge that they just can't get rid of, or remember how it started! They are delivered to the audience as senile men with a one-track mind, getting the better of one another. ...read more.


man, means that Romeo's fake sorrow that he has because he thinks he is in love is made worse because of the way she has sworn to live her life. The audience also find out about Romeo's views on this woman "When she dies a total waste of this with beauty dies beautiful woman her store" He thinks that when this woman is so beautiful that to live in chastity would be a waste of her beauty, as she could never pass this beauty on through her children. Shakespeare chooses to make Romeo speak in a poetic, dramatic way that would make anyone depressed, and expresses that Romeo is feeling depressed and moody. The oxymorons that Shakespeare gives him show that Romeo is mixed up. No one understands the idea of love, saying, 'O heavy lightness, serious vanity', but Romeo speaks so many that he goes over the top with his mixed-up, confused side, which shows that Romeo doesn't really feel the feelings he is showing. Romeo walks into a scene that has just seen such hatred and destruction that Romeo feels so out of place, when all he feels is love. He also talks of love as an illness, 'Bid a sick man in sadness make his will. ...read more.

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