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

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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.


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.


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.

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