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Romeo and Juliet "Shakespeare's play 'Romeo and Juliet' is as relevant to a young audience today as it was when it was first performed in 1604." Discuss.

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Romeo and Juliet "Shakespeare's play 'Romeo and Juliet' is as relevant to a young audience today as it was when it was first performed in 1604." The play 'Romeo and Juliet' may be considered to significant relevance when comparing the impact it made to entertainment in 1604 in comparison to entertainment today. The play 'Romeo and Juliet' is as relevant today as it was nearly four centuries ago. 'Romeo and Juliet', is a story of two young lovers, whose love was destined for destruction. They did not imagine that their love would lead to the tragedies that it did. These two young individuals did nothing wrong except fall in love. The play encompasses love, hatred and death; Shakespeare depicts that love is a major thing in the human life and it can completely change the way you think and act, it also can create a new beginning and end one by causing death, as shown at the end of the play. ...read more.

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It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night as a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear - Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear. So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows as yonder lady o'er her follow shows. The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand and, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand. Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight, for I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." This is Romeo's reaction towards Rosaline after he sees Juliet. He though that he was in love with Rosaline, and then fell in love with Juliet having no idea what true love really was other than the image in his thoughts. Also as the quotes tell us that young love is full of changing emotions from where Romeo was in love with Rosaline and ends up to where he does not lover her anymore because he is in love with someone else. ...read more.

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However as much as the play seems relevant to the audience of today, there are many reasons to which the play is not so relevant. The fact that the style of language used was different then from now is a major point to consider so the language would not seem relevant to the audience of today for this problem adaptations have been made for the audience of today to make understanding easier. Also such points as the usage of swords to fight between the Capulet and Montague seems immaterial to the young audience of today and also the way the characters are described upon their clothing seems irrelevant to the young audience of today. In my opinion, 'Romeo and Juliet' is as relevant to a young audience of today as it was when it was first performed in 1604. Many issues such as young love which is frequent in today's world are discovered in the play. The young people of today could easily relate to most of the issues explored within the play, as they are still relevant. Sohaib Mohammad 11H English Coursework 5/1/2007 ...read more.

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