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How does Shakespeare dramatically prepare the audience for the final tragedy of Romeo and Juliet?

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Romeo and Juliet How does Shakespeare dramatically prepare the audience for the final tragedy of Romeo and Juliet? William Shakespeare was born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon to John and Mary Shakespeare. He grew up learning Latin grammar and literature mainly at a grammar school in Stratford. By 1592 Shakespeare was in the public eye for writing many successful plays which other playwrights were clearly jealous of. Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet between 1589 and 1595 after he got the idea from Arthur Brooke's poem "The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet" which was written in 1562. As well as the play being written many times it has also been written in other languages. Shakespeare went on to write many other plays. He later died in 1616. Throughout this play, Shakespeare dramatically prepares the audience for the final tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. He starts giving the audience hints in the prologue. " From ancient grudge break to new mutiny" is a sign that when Romeo and Juliet confess their love for one another it will not be a smooth path for love because they are from two feuding families. ...read more.

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This could lead to more complications in their relationship. The nurse is however not the only person involved in this illicit relationship. Before long Friar Lawrence is involved when he is persuaded by Romeo to perform his marriage to Juliet in Act 2, scene 2. This is however not the only time he gets involved. Soon after Romeo and Juliet's marriage a fight starts between Mercutio and Tybalt when Tybalt demands to have a duel with Romeo who refuses because he is now related to Tybalt. The fight continues and Mercutio and Tybalt are killed. This is another hint that things are going to end in a tragedy because Romeo is banished from Verona, which means he is unable to see Juliet. Again, Friar Lawrence gets involved by taking Romeo in and devising a plan for him to see Juliet. After Romeo gets to see Juliet that night she has a premonition that again is a hint of what is going to happen. ...read more.

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When Juliet awakens to see Romeo dead she to kills herself with a dagger. There are many possibilities as to why Romeo and Juliet died the way they did. Throughout the play there are a number of possibilities. Fate is mentioned a lot by both Romeo and Juliet so perhaps it was in the stars for them to both die. Friar Lawrence could be to blame because he got so involved. If he had refused to help Romeo, he would never have got married to Juliet. However he was not the only person to get involved. If Juliet's nurse had not agreed to be her messenger she would never have spoken to Romeo again. The deaths may have been a way of teaching the Montagues and the Capulets a lesson because of their continuous fighting. Adolescent passion may be to blame, Romeo and Juliet's relationship moved very quickly without them stopping and thinking about what may happen. Whatever the reason there are a number of hints in the premonitions that suggest to the audience the play will end in tragedy. Pamela Smith Candidate number: 3250 Romeo and Juliet English Coursework ...read more.

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