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Explain what Shakespeare' audience would have found interesting about the play Romeo and Juliet. Explore what they would have found particularly interesting from Act 3 where Juliet responds to her parents of an impending marriage to Paris

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Brad Tarren Hwk Explain what Shakespeare' audience would have found interesting about the play Romeo and Juliet. Explore what they would have found particularly interesting from Act 3 where Juliet responds to her parents of an impending marriage to Paris. William Shakespeare was born four hundred years ago on 23rd April 1564, St George's Day. In Shakespeare's era life was lived in a world completely different from our own. Shakespeare had quite a significant education for this period, as education had to be paid for and was not an entitlement; girls would be educated at home, meaning they were largely illiterate and learnt only "home crafts" such as cooking, sewing etc. Shakespeare learned to read and write at a local school petit, he later went on to a Grammar school. At eighteen Shakespeare married a local farmer's daughter Anne Hathaway and they had three children. The first was Susanne, then came twins Hamnet and Judith. Shakespeare eventually left his wife and children to seek fame in London. In those days travel was not easy or cheap, many people spent their entire lives in the area of their birth. Travelling plays would tour the countries, cities and churches. Jesters and all around entertainers would tour too, performing at most local venues such as: The Market Square or Town Hall. ...read more.

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I have the word as I hate hell, all Montagues hate thee: Have at thee coward." They fight Yet after Prince Escales' ultimatum all bitter feuds die down. With his first sight of Juliet, Romeo is instantly in love: O she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of the night as a rich jewel in Ethiop's ear- beauty too rich for use, for earth to dear: So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows as yonder lady o'er her fellows shows. The audience would have liked the idea of love at first sight and the sudden destruction of it by Tybalts' aggression and argument with Lord Capulet (dramatic impact of his temper, audience fear that he will ruin the lovers). The audience would have like the balcony scene also as it shows much tenderness and had a dramatic impact as Juliet is raised above the level of the stage and looks down on the audience and tells why she should love a Montague. JULIET: " O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name, or if thou wilt not, but be sworn my love and I'll be no longer a Capulet". ...read more.

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Another technique of Shakespeare was suspense and tension. A great example of this is where Romeo receives the news on Juliet's' death and the way he made the audience feel excitement and frustration in not receiving Friar John's letter: ROMEO: is it so? Then I defy you stars! Thou knowest my lodging, get me ink and paper, and hire post-horses; I will hence tonight BALTHASAR: I do beseech you, sir, have patience: Your looks are pale and wild, and import some misadventure. ROMEO: Tush, thou art deceived. Leave me, and do the thing I bid thee do. Hast thou no letters to me from the Friar? BALTHASAR: No, my good lord. ROMEO: No matter and get thee gone, and hire those horses; I be with thee straight. They also would have felt horror and fear when Romeo buys the poison. The tempo increases as the play reaches its climax, when Romeo is by Juliet's side and the audience kept on the edge of their seat, wondering whether she will wake up in time. In Act Three, which is the turning point of events in Shakespeare's play. What the audience would have found interesting would have been when Juliet refused to marry Paris and her father said she must (during that period a husband was chosen and you could not disagree). This would have left them thinking what would her father do if he knew she was already married. ...read more.

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