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In the first Act of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare interests his audience by using a number of dramatic techniques and explores universal themes of love which is particularly relevant to the people of his day (Elizabethan) and the modern day today.

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In the first Act of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare interests his audience in the eponymous protagonists during the first Act of Romeo and Juliet In the first Act of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare interests his audience by using a number of dramatic techniques and explores universal themes of love which is particularly relevant to the people of his day (Elizabethan) and the modern day today. Before the play gets started Shakespeare begins with a prologue that is basically in the form of a sonnet. A prologue is basically an introduction to a play or a book, in this case a play. The prologue would help the Elizabethan audience to understand and get a perspective of the background of Shakespeare's play how he explores the many themes especially the universal themes of love involved in this tragedy. The prologue basically explains how two families of the same nobility still bare a grudge over an old disagreement which took place many years ago. The two families are born two lovers whose relationship is destined to end in disaster. Their deaths cause the families to forget the feud. The last three lines of the prologue go on to say: "Is now the two hours traffic of our stage; The is you with patient ears attend, What here shall miss, out toil shall strive to mend." ...read more.

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The audience gets this as it is a bad sign for the future. When Romeo first enters on the scene, Benvolio has a conversation with Romeo and it is then that Shakespeare reveals that Romeo is in love. He does not tell us who Romeo is in love with and so it intrigues the audience as they want to find out. Shakespeare uses a technique called Oxymoron. This can be found on lines 163 and 170-173. "......O me!.......... .....O brawling love, O loving hate, O any thing of nothing first create! O heavy lightness, serious vanity." This technique used by Shakespeare is prophetic. It shows Romeo's awareness of how opposites can be joined. This also gives the audience an indication that Romeo is not really the violent 'type' but actually more sensitive and caring. As well as Oxymoron, Shakespeare uses metaphors in his speech for example on line 184. "Love is smoke made with the fume of sighs." As I had already said the universal themes of love will be an important factor in this play. Romeo is already in love in the beginning scene. This is good as love is such a strong theme throughout this play it will really set the mood of the play. In Scene 1 we are left with Romeo being in love and again in Scene 2 love and relationship are the topic again. ...read more.

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"Is she a Capulet? O dear account! my life is my foe's debt." This gives the audience an indication that Romeo is serious about Juliet and they will now begin to get more and more interested as the play progresses. When watching the Bazel Film, the way that he had interpreted the play was very good as he created 'wicked' visual effects, used guns instead of swords and the use of sound effects was good. He also used good looking and famous actors, for instance, Leonardo DiCaprio whereas in the play the Elizabethan audience would have seen boys in the play and not girls. This might have caused some impediment to the audience's sympathy to the protagonists. At the beginning of the film there was a lot of action straight away which really drawed me straight into it. This would therefore engage the audience's attention for the remainder of the film. To conclude I feel that the use of the prologue was a very compelling technique used by Shakespeare. He explained how they were doomed from the start and began the scene with a conflict which would draw the audience into the play. I feel that Romeo was more interesting than Juliet because of the number of times we see him in Act 1. I feel he is a sensitive character who is rather romantic. I feel Shakespeare does this to really intrigue the women in the audience. Shanil Patel ...read more.

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