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Explore the Ways in which Shakespeare makes this a dramatic and moving ending to the play

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Explore the Ways in which Shakespeare makes this a Dramatic and Moving Ending to the Play For some, the most satisfying love stories are those that end in "happy ever after". Shakespeare however has presented us with an extremely heart-breaking close to his play surrounding two young lovers. The extract beings with each family beginning to cast the blame for the tragedy on each other. The Friar however steps forward and explains the circumstances which have led to the deaths of their tender children, whose only sin was to have loved. After this, the Prince says "We still have known thee for a holy man" which suggests that he thinks Friar Lawrence should only be known as a holy man, and really that the Prince himself is not interested in listening to the Friar's recall of events. Therefore, the Friar almost ends up talking to himself, as a sort of soliloquy. As Shakespeare makes Friar Lawrence do this, and reveal his thoughts without addressing the audience, he increases the dramatic effect and makes the moment a very moving one. ...read more.


This is one of the morals of the play, and is therefore a very dramatic and vivid quotation. The forgiveness and reconciliation of the Prince and the Friar in my opinion is one of the main ways in which the poignant and expressive feeling is set in this ending to the play. The extract continues with Capulet and Montague reconciling, by the shaking of hands - "O brother Montague, give me thy hand". Capulet is the first to offer his hand and in my opinion, the degree of effect which is created upon the audience from the final act will greatly depend on how it is performed. For example, the audience may be lead to feel strong agreement or disagreement with the way Montague and Capulet shake hands: has the feud really ended? Do they really mean it? This handshake action then leaves the audience to make a decision for themselves, the tension increases and pressure is built up, to create an overall dramatic effect. ...read more.


In just a few short pages, all of the characters come together and their individual fates are determined, providing an end to all of the problems Shakespeare presented throughout the play. This pace and fluency adds to the effect, and is helped by the rhyming and enjambment which also contributes towards the pace and flow of the play. A final stasis of hard-won peace is established in Verona, and the major conflict of the play has been resolved. Unfortunately, in most peoples' eyes this resolution is not a happy one, but the final stasis shows hope for Verona's future thanks to its "star-crossed lovers". In conclusion, I think Shakespeare uses a variety of ways to make this ending to Romeo and Juliet such a moving and dramatic one, including costumes, setting, characterisation and various language techniques. He does this so well, that even today many are still moved by the play. It is so emotional and inspiring that two composers, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky both wrote music for ballets of Romeo and Juliet. This just proves: "For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo." ...read more.

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