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Although Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet 400 years ago, there is still a great deal to appeal to an audience in the year 2007. What have you found in this 1590s play that appeals to a modern day audience?

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Although Shakespeare wrote "Romeo and Juliet" 400 years ago, there is still a great deal to appeal to an audience in the year 2007. What have you found in this 1590s play that appeals to a modern day audience? The famous play "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare is still a popular play, despite being written so long ago. Like many of his other plays, it is still performed in theatres worldwide, with many film and television adaptations of the basic story. The only differences between "Romeo and Juliet" and a modern day play are the language and context in which it was written. Even though many audience members may not grasp the old fashioned language of the play, they are still able to understand what is going on. This is because Shakespeare wrote such beautiful words with such precision, so that the play would still be understood by the actor's body language and acting. Oxymoron's, metaphors and similes are frequent: all this poetry makes the play unique and beautiful, which engages the audience. ...read more.

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The Romance of this play can captivate people's hearts in many ways. At the beginning of the play Romeo is madly in love with Rosaline, but is constantly referring to darkness and uses many oxymoron's to describe his love for her, as shown in the quote below "Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health" The use of oxymoron's suggests he doesn't really know what love is at this point in the play. For an audience of any era, any would see him as a tad pathetic, but there is a contrast that comes over him. When seeing Juliet we see him grow and realise what love is, hence referring to her as "light" not dark. In some parts of "Romeo and Juliet" such as the balcony scene, the two leads speak using sonnets. This is considered the most romantic of all poetry. Many members of the audience would find this rather rushed, but the way the famous balcony scene is presented, it is hard not to be captivated. ...read more.

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The death of Tibalt is also led by hate, in which Romeo says: "And fire-ey'd fury be my conduct now!" This passage shows his hate is leading him to kill Tibalt, so hate is a very important aspect of the play. The last important part of the play is fate. The audience is told at the beginning that "Romeo and Juliet" will die, and most of the world knows the story basics whether or not they have read it, but still are touched by the last scene. "I defy you stars!" This quote is Romeo screaming at fate and what the play has led to, a modern day audience member can connect to this after seeing the downfall. To conclude, there are many things to appeal to a modern day audience. Just because the play was written so long ago, does not mean that we are not able to connect with the play. Many adaptations, films and plays are performed of "Romeo and Juliet" even today. Just because they were written so long ago does not mean anything: the play as a whole is what makes it so beautiful. Where would we be if the bible was not read because it was "too old."? ...read more.

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