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What Methods does Shakespeare employ to engage the interest of the audience in the Prologue and Act 1, scenes 1, 2 and 3 of Romeo and Juliet?

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What Methods does Shakespeare employ to engage the interest of the audience in the Prologue and Act 1, scenes 1,2 and 3of Romeo and Juliet? Romeo and Juliet is a play written by William Shakespeare around the 1590's. The play goes through a lot of emotions as Shakespeare tries to get the attention of the audience watching. He uses different ways of getting the audience interest. The most obvious way he does this is by the way he uses love and hate, using a variety of language and also the way he has a quick developing plot. Shakespeare gets the interest of the audience by having a contrast between love and hate. This can be seen form the start of the play. The play begins with a prologue that is 14 lines long and outlines the whole play to the audience. In the prologue it states that Romeo and Juliet are "star crossed lovers." This shows that Romeo and Juliet are going to be doomed by destiny. ...read more.

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Therefore I will push Montague's men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the walls." He is speaking in prose and saying that women are weaker then men and should attack the Montague's family through the women. This shows the rivalry between the families, it also shows what time the play was set in because at that time men were more superior to women. Shakespeare has the higher class people speaking in poetry, this is blank verse, as it doesn't always rhyme. An example of this is shown when Romeo is having a conversation with Benvolio. Romeo says, "Why then, o brawling lone, o loving hate, o any thing of nothing first create! O heavy brightness, serious variety, Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms, feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health" this is Romeo speaking in poetry. It doesn't always rhyme but it does contain oxymorons. At the time the play was wrote many other writers used oxymorons in love poetry because love was traditionally combined of opposite emotions, in the play the audience is able to pick up on the state of mind Romeo is in. ...read more.

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A fight always gets the attention of the audience because of all the action that goes on. The audience ant to find out what happens next so Shakespeare has Romeo one of the most important characters come in. Romeo finds out about the Capulat party through the Clown and is talked in to going by Benvolio his cousin. From the prologue it is known that two people from each rivaling family fall in love and at this party is where the love between Romeo and Juliet happens. All of this action has happened in just the first two scenes and the audience would already be very interested. In scene three the audience find out about Juliet. It is found out that she is a young pretty girl that's always been bought up by a nurse. At the end of the scene the part begins, so the audience will know now that Romeo and Juliet are going to meet here but they are kept guessing how they will meet at the party and how their reactions will be to when they find out who each of them are. Karandeep Singh Sandhu 11.10 ...read more.

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