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Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet The Globe Theatre is a big circular theatre based on the South bank of the Thames in London. Shakespeare held his newest plays there before he publicly showed them anywhere else. The positions of where people sat varied from, the richer people sitting high up in the stands, and the poorer people who had to stand in the middle. The Globe Theatre was very basic, costumes and properties were kept backstage in the tiring house. The actors were well dressed and there were 3 roofed galleries. All performances took place in the afternoon. The stage itself had a trap door to get on and off, it was also a very high stage. In this essay I will be exploring how Shakespeare uses devices for dramatic affect. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare refers to where people and other objects are positioned on the stage. An example of this is; Romeo: "but soft what light from yonder window breaks? ...read more.


This is because Romeo loves listening to the sound of her voice, he does not want her to stop speaking as he is totally focused on her. In Act 2 Scene 2 of 'Romeo and Juliet' Shakespeare uses words with powerful connotations, as Romeo says, "Deny thy father and refuse thy name, or if thou will not, be but sworn my love, and I'll no longer be a Capulet." This suggests that their families may not agree that they're in love and that even if their families may not get on with each other, they are truly in love. Romeo realises the consequences of his love for Juliet as he chooses forceful words such as deny and refuse. Shakespeare also uses visual imagery, such as, Romeo: "two of the fairest stars in all of heaven... do entreat her eyes to twinkle in their spheres till they return." This quotation shows that Romeo is comparing Juliet's eyes to the stars and is saying how her eyes are beautiful. ...read more.


Finally, Shakespeare uses tragic irony, for instance, Romeo says," Hence forth I never will be Romeo." The audience know he is going to die but he doesn't. He is giving out clues to the audience that he will soon die. He is saying he will not be the ladies man anymore and feels Juliet is the only one for him. He continues to use this as Romeo says, "Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon who is already sick and pale with grief." He is saying that the sun is Juliet and the envious moon is her family. This shows a positive with a negative, and shows love then shows what will happen later, death. To conclude, Shakespeare used many different ways to show how Romeo and Juliet felt about each other; he not only used the written word but also used the Globe Theatre as a dimension, especially with the balcony scene. I believe that it would have been very entertaining to have watched one of Shakespeare's plays in The Globe Theatre as the actors would have performed right in front of you and around you, you would have felt totally included. Callum Graham ...read more.

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