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How does Shakespeare engage the sympathy of the audience in the way he depicts young love in the play

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How does Shakespeare engage the sympathy of the audience in the way he depicts young love in the play "Romeo and Juliet"? Task: How does Shakespeare engage the sympathy of the audience in the way he depicts young love in the play "Romeo and Juliet"? Shakespeare was a very experienced play writer who engaged the audience making them feel mixed emotions. In the play "Romeo and Juliet" one of the main emotions felt by the audience is sympathy. In this essay I will explain how Shakespeare does this. In act scene 1 Romeo is lovesick over a young lady named Rosaline. When Romeo speaks, generally he speaks in poetry, especially when it is something he feels passionately about. In scene 1 Romeo's form of speech is already in contrast with the other characters in the play. For example at the start of the play Sampson and Gregory are boasting and laughing about how they wish to deal with the Montague women. "Tis true, and therefore women being the weaker vessels are ever thrust to the wall." ...read more.

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The story line of Romeo and Juliet is also very gripping not just the characters. This is because of the fact that it is love at first sight and the vast majority of the audience do want Romeo and Juliet's love to succeed. The situation made in the play was made to build up sympathy in the audience. During the course of the play the love between Romeo and Juliet is a hard situation for the both of them. Already at the start the families of Romeo from studentcentral.co.uk and Juliet are ancient rivals and enemies, but if that wasn't hard enough Romeo was banished from Verona and Juliet is unable to visit him because her father lord Capulet is possessive and she has to ask for leave if she is to exit the Capulet household. In the days in which the play Romeo and Juliet was written by William Shakespeare different views where set on marriage and how people where treated. Her father treats Juliet throughout the play as a possession. ...read more.

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Also the fact that they are willing to die for their love is a great thing, which swings the audience in their favour. I think in my opinion that the audience is very sympathetic with Juliet because she faces all her fears in a desperate hope to see and be with her Romeo again. Throughout the play Romeo's reputation for being a peaceful loveable character is good, however Mercutio's death made him change from someone who bottles up anger to someone who releases it. Therefore he kills Paris and Tybalt. This makes the death count high, but because the audience has so much sympathy for Romeo they tend to forget that he is capable of killing someone. Banishment of course adds an extra twist to the play and both Romeo and Juliet are distraught after it. The audience sympathise immensely with this because they are unable to see each other. The tragedy at the end is brought about by a misplacement of a very important letter from friar Lawrence to Romeo. This letter brings about the fate of the lovers, which of course is death. The audience sympathise greatly because they know that it would have all been all right if the letter had reached Romeo. ...read more.

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