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How does Shakespeare encourage the audience to feel sympathy for Juliet throughout 'Romeo and Juliet'.

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Sophie Hyde How does Shakespeare encourage the audience to feel sympathy for Juliet throughout 'Romeo and Juliet'. Discuss with reference to Act III Scene V and how directional choices can affect the audience's response. In conclusion, evaluate the moral significance of the play. Romeo and Juliet is certainly among the world's greatest plays, and the story of Shakespeare's 'star-crossed' young lovers whose fate is sealed by their quarrelling families, the Montagues and the Capulets, is the touchstone fable of romantic love. Coincidence, chance, unawareness: fate weaves its inexorable pattern against the background of a bitter and deadly feud, working through persons who would never knowingly harm the lovers, but who do so nonetheless. This story contains aspects of both a love story and tragedy. The tale of two teenagers who fall in love at first sight and then marry, become true lovers and then risk it all for their love is fundamentally a tragedy. It is evident that this romantic play will have an extremely tragic ending from the beginning. The chorus states that the love between Romeo and Juliet is "Death mark'd" and that the lovers "take their life" this is essentially dramatic irony. The audience therefore knows more than the characters. Some examples of tragedy in this romantic play include: - quite obviously, the misfortune of Romeo and Juliet's forbidden love. The blight of the messenger not getting to Romeo in time which leads to Romeo just missing Juliet's awakening is surely a tragedy. To me this is one of the most frustrating things in the play, because if he just waited two minutes he would have been reunited with Juliet. ...read more.

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Things go from bad to worse from there on because not only has Romeo left her the next to do so are her parents. As Juliet starts crying, Lady Capulet walks in. she immediately presumes that Juliet is crying over the death of Tybalt but the audience know different which creates the enormous sense of dramatic irony, as we know something the characters don't. Her mother says 'Evermore weeping for your cousins death? What, wilt thou wash him from his grave with Tears? And if thou couldst, thou couldst not make him live; Therefore, have done. Some grief shows much of Love But much of grief shows some want of wit'. This is showing Lady Capulets extreme incapability of comforting her daughter. This could be due to the fact that they have a very formal relationship as Juliet calls her mother 'Madam' and 'Ladyship'. In lines 85-86 and lines 101-102 this is where Juliet talks with double meaning. We know that she is talking about getting to Romeo because she loves him with all her heart whereas her mother thinks it is to get revenge. But all of a sudden this conversation goes from bad to worse when Lady Capulet proposes to Juliet that she marry the county Paris (lines 113-116). When Juliet is told she must marry Paris she acts how we would expect her to act because we know that she is married to Romeo 'I will not marry yet; and when I do, I swear, It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate', This is another double meaning as she is already married to Romeo but is meant to ...read more.

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Even today, the tragedy resembles a blueprint of the problems that the adolescents of the twentieth century must face each day. In this play, Shakespeare explores the pitfalls of young love, and the consequences they receive from their actions In today's society, youth are constantly advocating the change from total dependence on family, to their own independence. Young people often think they know better than their parents, often believing that instead of helping them, they are only punishing them. Romeo and Juliet found that they new better then their parents, but after realizing the wrong they caused when both committing suicide. We love the tragic element of this story. It makes us cry, it makes us feel deep emotions, and it stirs up feelings like no other love story. The path of this true love is not smooth, but the path with its roughness and obstacles, seems to be the best way of showing the nobility and strength of true love. When Juliet sees Romeo dying at the end of the play we are filled with Sympathy towards Juliet and this is very important especially when Juliet takes her own life. In my opinion the moral of the story is when there is a civil strife nothing is resolved, and I think that if Romeo and Juliet hadn't died the moral wouldn't have been as strong. An apt quote to sum this up is spoken by Escalus, the prince of Verona. 'A glooming peace this morning with it brings; The sun for sorrow will not show his head. Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things: Some shall be pardon'd, and some punished: For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo'. ...read more.

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