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HOW DOES SHAKESPEARE USE DRAMATIC DEVICES TO PREPARE THE READER FOR THE TRADEGY OF ROMEO AND JULIET IN ACT ONE SCENE FIVE?

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HOW DOES SHAKESPEARE USE DRAMATIC DEVICES TO PREPARE THE READER FOR THE TRADEGY OF ROMEO AND JULIET IN ACT ONE SCENE FIVE? Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, which was written in 1595. The story itself was nothing new or different. The way Shakespeare wrote the play made it popular. The language that he used to communicate their love together was written so poetically. Romeo and Juliet is a play about love and passion between two young people. It is also about the fate of the two 'starcrossed lovers', who eventually take their lives because of misunderstandings. The genres in Romeo and Juliet are tragedy, love and comedy and they all play a vital part in the story. One of the most important genres of this tragedy is love; the whole play consists of quotations and passion involving an unsettled relationship between the two main characters (Romeo & Juliet). One of which is: "When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew". Love is naturally the play's dominant and most important theme. The play focuses on romantic love, specifically the intense passion that springs up at first sight between Romeo and Juliet. In Romeo and Juliet, love is a violent, ecstatic, overpowering force that succeeds over all other values, loyalties, and emotions. In the course of the play, the young lovers are driven to defy their entire social world: families and friends. Love is the overriding theme of the play, but a reader should always remember that Shakespeare is uninterested in portraying a prettied-up, dainty version of the emotion. ...read more.

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that he will die as a result of events a night earlier, earlier he describes a troublesome dream which may be the reason that Romeo fears his life will conclude early. 'Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars, shall bitterly begin his fearful date'. This quotation shows a sense of fate and gives off images that something bad is about to happen. There is also a lot of alliteration in the text, the quotation I have chosen for example is 'mind misgives' and 'bitterly begin' this is used for effect on the audience. It effects them by a series of fated words with most of them consisting of death written over them. The words that suggest Romeos life will end are: 'bitterly begin his fearful date', 'with this night's revels, and expire the term'. Other words are: 'Despis´┐Żd life, untimely death' these words all relate to death in many ways, it demonstrates highlights that Romeos death will be a fearful and he will die at night. The dramatic device that Shakespeare uses to gain the audiences attention is alliteration. I have collected a quote to back up my essay: 'Mind Misgives' is an alliteration technique which Shakespeare uses it to contribute euphony to the passage. Tension is created by this device and is used throughout the play continuously. When the audience hear Romeos speech they feel happy that he has fallen for Juliet. They can sense that Romeo feels deeply for Juliet when he says 'O she doth teach the torches to burn bright!' ...read more.

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A passage of pain and fear will torment them throughout their relationship together. The audience's reaction when they find out that Romeo and Juliet are from different families is that they feel Romeo and Juliet have made the wrong decision as the families have a 'ancient grudge' against each other which was explained in the prologue. The overall impact on the audience is a miserable result. As they are disturbed that Romeo and Juliet have departed from the play. The first half of the play started off comically for the audience but when Mercutio gets killed we find that the comedy side of the story withers away and a more tragic side enters after that. The themes are expressed throughout the play by Romeo and Juliet falling for each other (love). Violence is used when Tybalt kills off Mercutio, then from that Romeo murders Tybalt. Fate is expressed through the prologue of the play when it quotes 'star-crossed lovers', and shows many more meanings inside the scenes. Hate is portrayed through the two families (Montague & Capulet's). When we first read the prologue we are given the idea that the play will result in death over two households. Shakespeare uses dramatic irony to clearly make the audience aware of what the story is about. He uses fate as a device to make the reader know that it will perform a vital role in the play. They prepare the reader by stating a lot of information that will be used in the tragedy. The text in the prologue uses dramatic irony, fate, imagery and other devices. All of it in the prologue is used in the play. ...read more.

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