• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does Shakespeare entertain his audience then & now in The Two Gentlemen of Verona?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How does Shakespeare entertain his audience - then & now - in 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona'? Introduction Shakespeare writes many plays and poems and many people believe that his play, 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' (TGoV), was the first play to be ever written by Shakespeare, partly because it shares the plot elements of romantic narrative. In this essay, I am going to show you the many ways in which Shakespeare entertains his audience in TGoV; in his time - then - and in our time - now. Dramatic irony I think one of the most entertaining features Shakespeare uses is dramatic irony. This is very effective as the audience may feel stressed or annoyed because they feel it is not right and that the characters should know. It also emphasizes the limited nature of human understanding, through the characters, and causes the reader to pause or reflect on a certain moment. ...read more.

Middle

She seems to be the most true to life character in the play because of this. Julia is supposedly very courageous and foolish dressing up as a boy just to see her love - even if it kills her ("" - ). But, as the audience and now she now knows it: he didn't keep that promise; because of his lust to Silvia ("" - ). The fact that Julia has to change from a woman to a man is entertaining when the play is in performance. Around Shakespeare's time men played as women and Women as men. So when Julia changes into a man, it would be hard for the actor, costume change as he is already a man. Other Examples of Shakespeare's effective use of dramatic irony: "Go, give your master this. Tell him from me, |One Julia, that his changing thoughts forget, |Would better fit his chamber than this shadow." ...read more.

Conclusion

Shakespeare's effective use of dramatic irony in a soliloquy: "To leave my Julia...to plot this drift!" (Proteus - Act 2.6 pg 39 - 41) This is effective use of dramatic irony because the audience now knows that he loves Silvia more than he loves Julia (forgetting that she's alive - "") and his best friend Valentine (holding him an enemy - "") plus is willing to do anything to get Silvia ("") and they don't know it. This also shows Proteus isn't very faithful; to both best friend (Valentine) and the love he swore total devotion to (Julia). It is also showing he can get bored very easily and he thinks love is much more precious than a good friend and will do anything to get what he wants (""). Main Characters: Proteus Valentine Silvia ?? ?? ?? ?? Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Other Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Other Plays essays

  1. How does Shakespeare present the two different worlds of court life and the rural ...

    the idyll of the rural country life, like for instance the pompous attitude of Touchstone and the way he speaks in a fancy way to take advantage of people's lack of education in the forest. "Why if thou never wast at court, thou never sawest Good manners; if thou never

  2. How and why does the character of Scrooge change?

    Scrooge's behaviour can be summarised as the opposite of the teachings of Christianity, which teaches that people should be sharing, kind, helpful, and loving. Christianity also ridicules the pursuit of wealth over love and giving; in the Bible Jesus states that "It is as easy for a rich man to

  1. How does Shakespeare present the two different worlds of Court life and the rural ...

    It is always the season of summer and is a world without seasons, thus making it a paradise, hence why I referred to it as the Garden of Eden in my introduction. There are many reasons why the country is referred to as a 'paradise' and as being 'idyllic.'

  2. What is John Proctor? I am no saint; for me it is fraud. I ...

    His relationship with Parris tells me that he is one of a type whom stands up for his own view and does not delay to express his views. During the majority of Act 2 we are introduced with the dilemma of Elizabeth being accused of witchcraft.

  1. Compare and contrast the relationship between Hal and Henry IV and the relationship between ...

    Through the way that these two speak to each other the spectators can acknowledge a powerful bond. Frequently, comments like '...I prithee, sweet wag...' (1.2.12) occur between them showing that they are comfortable speaking together and that they have acquired a firm companionship.

  2. He may be entertaining, he may be clever, but Falstaff is morally repulsive and ...

    He speaks about a '...buff jerkin...' (1.2.35) (a constable's leather jacket) being sweet for Falstaff. This could be Hal implying that Falstaff will get arrested showing the viewer Hal's true feelings about Falstaff. In addition, Hal mentions '...Moorditch' (1.2.62) (a foul smelling open ditch in London where beggars gathered)

  1. In As You Like It Act 1 scene 2 and Act 2 scene 3 ...

    Despite Adam's physical weaknesses, Orlando still agrees to allow Adam to accompany him. This somewhat sacrificial act is perhaps another example of Shakespeare's deliberate stagecraft to portray Orlando as hero. Shakespeare purposefully crafted Orlando to have an evident patient and determined nature.

  2. What does Shakespeare show us about Father Daughter relationships?

    This is seen as strange for that period of history because daughters were seen as a possession for their fathers to do with as they please. Capulet would have been expected to give Paris an answer, not tell him its up to Juliet.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work