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A comparison between the theatrical styles of After Juliet and Romeo and Juliet.

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Introduction

A comparison between the theatrical styles of After Juliet and Romeo and Juliet. "After Juliet" by Sharman Macdonald can practically be set anytime, anywhere because the themes and emotion in it (e.g. love, revenge) are timeless.. We have chosen to set it in modern day England. The style of the play is Heightened Naturalism as the play focuses on everyday conflict within two different groups but the language is more lyrical than standard English. The role that I have chosen is Rosaline, a Capulet who is Juliet's cousin. Our play is about the aftermath of Romeo and Juliet's death. A truce has been ordered between the Montague's and the Capulet's by prince Escalus, however they continue to feud. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is set in Verona in the medieval times. The style of the play is again heightened naturalism. The plot of the play is the continuous feud between Montague's and Capulet's. Two teenagers; Romeo and Juliet fall in love regardless of their friends and families disapproval. The characters in both of these plays both have similar problems and conflicts, as "After Juliet" is the unofficial sequel to Romeo and Juliet and therefore the characters are the same. ...read more.

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Benvolio comes to see if she's all right. This scene is full of different emotions; anger, hate, love, heartbreak, tragedy etc. Rosaline When there's a new Prince of Cats. Then the days will breath again. This quote shows the anger that Rosaline feels in the scene. She is angry as the Montague's think that they can keep getting there way with the Capulets and winning in fights. However, she is saying to Benvolio as soon as there is a new Prince of Cats things will change. Rosaline Do you find it a strain? Being so decent? This quote shows me that Rosaline has feelings for Benvolio as she is being flirty with him. There are also numerous points in the play that show tragedy. Valentine has lost his twin brother Mercutio due to all the fights that the two families keep having, this is why he is completely bitter towards the Capulet's and hates the idea of Benvolio being with Rosaline. Valentine Where is Mercutio now? There is such a silence In the world Since has has left it. Rosaline's scene where she is visiting Juliet's grave also shows tragedy as she is talking about how Juliet took Romeo away from her and if it wasn't for Juliet then Romeo would still be alive. ...read more.

Conclusion

I think that the characters have a lot of similarities as they both live similar lifestyles. However, Rosaline appears to be a much more modern character than Juliet and I think that she seems a lot more strong willed and stubborn. I think this as in Romeo and Juliet, Juliet always does as she is told by her Mother and Farther and always talks to them with respect. However, I don't get the impression that Rosaline is like that as she always stands up for herself when Benvolio and Valentine are mocking her. In conclusion, I have found a lot of similarities between the two plays. All the characters face the same sort of problems as the two plays are connected. One of the main central themes in both plays is the continuous feud between the Montague's and the Capulets. Also, in both plays a member of each of the families fall in love with each other despite all the arguing that both of their families are doing. However, there are also differences between the two different plays "After Juliet" is a lot more modern, it can be set practically anywhere whereas Romeo and Juliet has to be set in Verona in the medieval times. Also, Romeo and Juliet is written in full Shakespearian language whereas "After Juliet" is more like standard English. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sarah Ward 11RP ...read more.

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