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Does William Shakespeare make Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective for both Shakespearean and modern audiences?

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Romeo and Juliet coursework William Shakespeare made Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective for both Shakespearean and modern audiences, as exemplified in act 3, scene 5. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is based on "A pair of star-crossed lovers..." who are descendants of two wealthy families who are wrapped-up in deep rivalry; they are so centred in this rivalry that they fail to realise that their children are in such deep love-a love in which they sacrifice themselves for each other. Shakespeare deliberately weaves in the traditions, norms and values of the time into his plays: this has a dramatic impact on the Shakespearean audience because it makes the play feel realistic; it could also impact, some, Elizabethan audiences by giving them new ideas as to how to improve and re-consider some of their traditions, norms and values. "Our myriad-minded Shakespeare [sic]." (Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772-1834) uses many themes in Romeo and Juliet-his themes include: love, kinship, family, arranged marriage, betrayal/loyalty, patriarchal society, religion and moral decisions. This vast variety of themes are effective because mankind shall always encounter these situations, which means, no matter how many years pass people will always be interested in his work. ...read more.

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may be caused by the theme: patriarchal society. In the Shakespearean era the dominance was blatantly biased towards males. To a modern audience this would be classed as sexism! When Juliet refuses/disagrees with her mother over marrying Paris-Shakespeare shows us Capulet's 'dominance.' "Soft! Take me with you, take me with you, wife. How! Will she none? Doth she not give us thanks? Is she not proud? Doth she not count her blest, Unworthy as she is, that we have wrought so worthy a gentleman to be her bridegroom?" Another theme which links with patriarchal society is arranged marriage; to a Shakespearean audience this was a norm. Mainly, the marriages that took place between wealthy families in the Shakespearean era were economic/wealth-related and beneficial to the families which could be classed as morally wrong to a modern audience. "Arranged marriage? Are you joking?" This would be the type of response/attitude, towards arranged marriage, given by a modern audience. Capulet shows a sense of confusion: he doesn't understand how his daughter rejected/refused to obey his command. Shakespeare, not only uses confusion to bring the character to life but, uses a sense of anger; the short, abrupt sentences indicate anger and temper-the punctuation also emphasises an escalation of temper. ...read more.

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Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was written as a linear narrative; Shakespeare may have wanted to avoid confusion or 'misconception' instead of writing a juxtaposed narrative. Nevertheless, writing linear narratives may have been interesting for him. This beautifully constructed linear narrative encourages audience engagement due to the intense moments of the play, for example when the play begins there is an outrageous brawl between the two wealthy families and in other parts of the play the audience is given a chance to 'catch' their breath: - when the tension is lower for example when Romeo and Juliet initially meet each other. Shakespeare does make Act 3, Scene 5 dramatically effective for both Shakespearean and modern audiences. "Diverse souled Shakespeare." (John Dryden 1631-1700) has used many dramatic techniques and styles in his superb work of art: Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare takes us on a roller-coaster ride with his extraordinary themes and his unique style of writing does prickle our nerves-frequently; for example the creation of Juliet's double meanings and the prophecies of death and his clever use of language which all add up to conclude this horrific, charming and delightful: Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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