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How Shakespeare creates dramatic events in Romeo and Juliet

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How Shakespeare creates dramatic events in Romeo and Juliet A love story, with obstacles, that the characters have to overcome, in order to get a happy ending...Romeo and Juliet is a play based on dramatic events- whether it involves an ancient grudge or love and hate there is always dramatic things which eventuate. The play involves a tragic love story. Romeo and Juliet are mainly based on love and hate, which is allocated between the Montague's and the Capulet's. The two main characters- Romeo and Juliet are concisely known by the audience before they meet. The audience is conscious and knows a little about each characters background. Romeo is in love with Rosalind and is quite dejected and disconsolate. The audience are aware of the love he feels for her and they know he is a Montague. They know about the way Romeo is feeling and his melancholy as Rosalind doesn't love him. Juliet on the other hand is distinguished by the audience as quite a placid and open minded character. The audience know that Juliet is not in love, however she is told to look at Paris and she is willing to do so. However, before Romeo and Juliet meet up after the ball, the audience do not know she is a Capulet and neither does Romeo... Many aspects and concepts of this play can be portrayed as many things- deceit, power of love, but this essay explores into the mind of dramatic events... ...read more.

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So Romeo's love speech about Juliet lets the audience discover that his view for Rosaline was more of lust than love. This creates dramatic tension as the audience can realise how capricious the plot of this play is and how variable Romeo's feelings are. The audience again are left sceptical as they do not know how the play is going to prolong. In conclusion, one of the things that make Act1, scene 5 very dramatic is Romeo's love speech about Juliet. Furthermore, there other things that makes Act1, scene5 dramatic. Capulet's character contrasts with Romeo's language. Capulet is quite blissful and he is in a funny type of mood. 'For you and I are passed our dancing days.' 'Come musicians play.' The things he says shows he is carefree and how his character is quite happy. However the reason why this creates a dramatic effect is because of the way his attitude contrast with Romeo's speech. Romeo on the other hand is very serious and is not in a light- hearted state. He is very profound and deep as he thinks he has fallen in love again. 'Beauty to rich to use, for earth to dear'. Romeo is acting completely different from Capulet and the audience can see they are both feeling somewhat different. This is effective as this builds up on dramatic consequences. The audience are left to feel some tension and exhilaration as they understand the clash of feelings by main characters. ...read more.

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Firstly, the actual meeting of Romeo and Juliet creates tension and suspense. This is due to that fact that if Romeo gets caught by anyone there would be severe consequences as he is a Montague and he is not supposed to be at this party, however, more importantly, he is not to be with Juliet. The audience can anticipate the fact that Romeo is not supposed to be there and if he is caught with Juliet this time there would be no benevolence shown by Capulet. The meeting of Romeo and Juliet is also dramatic as it shows how quick Romeo is to find another girl and fall in love with her. In most of Shakespeare's plays there are concepts which involve fighting and tension. These things of the play add a dramatic effect to it. The fight is dramatic due to many reasons. This includes the fact that the two opposing families are ready fighting at the start of the play. No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir, but I bite my thumb, sir. You lie. Draw, if you be men. Gregory, remember thy swashing blow. This bit in the play has already constructed a dramatic effect. The audience and the reader can appreciate and acknowledge the fact that this play is all about dramatic events. The reason why this is possible is because of the early fight. Shakespeare has been clever by including a fight in the beginning of the play. H e has done this to give the audience an insight towards the rest of the play. This fight creates dramatic effects as it foreshadows what the whole play is revolved around. ...read more.

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