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How does Shakespeare create a sense of sympathy for the two lovers in Romeo and Juliet?

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How does Shakespeare create a sense of sympathy for the two lovers in Romeo and Juliet? The setting of this tragic play is in "fair Verona" , whose foundations are stained with "civil blood" and society torn apart by a bitter feud. The initial origin of this rancorous dispute is lost in the midst of time and impedes hope of total peace within the city. The province is of a very religious nature and is bound by its social traditions and high moral values. Of course not everyone likes to live up to the city's "high living" expectations and follow the religious laws that their city demands be obeyed. One of the Christian laws is to "love thy neighbour" , which by the simple continuance of the feud, these enemies are defying. ...read more.

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He is full of love and his love is returned by everyone, with few exceptions. He embarks upon everything in life with great passion, he respects all life and honours his family with pride. Romeo believes stongly in Christian in the Christian virtues such as love, keeping the peace and forgiving enemies. One important thing to remember about Romeo is that he is in love with love itself:- "love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs" Tybalt, on the other hand is the complete opposite. He feeds on the fear other people have for him, this is mainly because he is vicious with everybody and respects the life of no-one but himself, and he is the symbol of everything that is bad in the world. ...read more.

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All of this together shows what an outstanding act of heroism their love is. They demonstrate great courage in their, far from idealistic, search for love. Romeo and Juliet have deeper meanings aside from their characters. The names themselves have great meaning. Juliet for example dirrives from the month of july. It is interpreted as glowing radiance and summer essance. Someone called by this name is often thought of as having a sunny personality and speak with a touch of bird-song in her voice. The play even has fate held against the "star-crossed lovers". With all these pressures, murders and vicious brawls set against these innocent youths, on their quest for love and Shakespeare's language throwing out emotional adjectives and powerful oxymorons, the audience can't help sympathising with these lovers and feel sorry for the pain they have suffered in their short-lived lives. ...read more.

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