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How does Shakespeare convince the audience that Romeo and Juliet's love for each other is deep and sincere?

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GCSE English and English literature coursework Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet Option 1: "Romeo and Juliet meet only five times in the play and if the audience doesn't believe utterly in their love, then the whole thing is a waste of time" (Niam Cussack, Juliet) How does Shakespeare convince the audience that Romeo and Juliet's love for each other is deep and sincere? Shakespeare uses many different techniques in order to persuade his audience into believing that Romeo and Juliet's love is real. I think that the most important device that Shakespeare uses is the way that he thinks about how the audience will see and hear everything and how they will interpret it. He uses emotive language and he knows that little comments or words will make a difference to how the audience sees Romeo's and Juliet's feelings for each other. For example: Romeo: Did my heart love til now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night Act 1 Scene 5 lines 41-52 Analysing what Romeo says in these lines shows exactly how Shakespeare wanted the audience to see his feelings for Juliet. Even though Romeo has 'loved' before, when he sees Juliet he realises that it was not love, compared to how he feels for Juliet. ...read more.

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Juliet also refers to Romeo as being her only love after the first meeting, which as before does have an impact because it is touching but also shows how she feels and just how much Romeo means to her as soon as they have met, Juliet: My only love sprung from my only hate... Act 1 scene 5 lines 127 - 145 As he and his family are her only hate, it shows how much easier it would be for her to just never have anything to do with Romeo but because she really does love him, she knows that she will not be able to do that. Which shows the audience how much Romeo and Juliet are rendered helpless to each other, their feelings and maybe even fate? Shakespeare also shows the audience Romeo and Juliet's love for each other by showing them all of the risks that they have to go through to be together. Romeo and Juliet both risk their name and family by falling in love with the enemy. They also both get married without any of their family knowing which would obviously lead to great danger if they were ever caught. Romeo is in Juliet's bedroom when her mother is around (or on the balcony), which is he was caught would probably lead to him being killed. ...read more.

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Shakespeare also puts Romeo and Juliet in a situation that means even if Juliet's (and the Friar's) plan went as it was supposed to, there is no real way that Romeo and Juliet could have survived together, especially with the lives that they were used to leading. As they were used to big life styles, coming from rich families. However, if they were to live together they would be turned away from their families and also Romeo was exiled. Therefore, they would have to live out of Verona and penniless. This makes you think about their love being real because they have not even though about the future, which shows how madly in love they are and how prepared they are to be together. Even though it is quite simple, Shakespeare would also have had to make his actors convincing and they would have also had to truly believe and understand how Romeo and Juliet felt at all times, especially towards each other. In conclusion, I think that Shakespeare portrayed Romeo and Juliet's feelings for each other very well. He used many different techniques and in such a short space of time, it is hard to believe that people would love each other so much that they would die for them, yet you honestly believe it when watching or reading the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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