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How does Shakespeare maintain the audience's sympathy for Romeo and Juliet? Romeo and Juliet was written 400 hundred years ago. William

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Gcse English and English literature coursework Shakespeare How does Shakespeare maintain the audience's sympathy for Romeo and Juliet? Romeo and Juliet was written 400 hundred years ago. William Shakespeare wrote the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, a popular play that continues to capture the imagination and emotions of people around the world. The drama portrays the passionate, violent and often desperate lives of the youths of Verona, and the on going war between the two house holds. Shakespeare starts the play off by showing the hate that the two families have for each other; he does this by starting the play with one of their feuds. Romeo is introduced in Act 1 Scene 1. He is talking to Benvolio about his love for Rosaline. We know he is sad because he says "Ay me, sad hours seem so long." He is not showing sympathy to the audience, they are showing sympathy to him. ...read more.

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This shows that in their love, they are blind because there was never any hope of them being able to be together. We also know this because, Juliet says in Act 1 Scene 5 "my only love sprung from my only hate." This means that she hates him because she has too because, Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet what she has been taught isn't true and that not all Capulet's are bad people, and she falls in love with Romeo. We feel sympathy for Romeo and Juliet because, they love each other but the family are very against them loving each other. Capulet gives a list of the party guest (to be invited) to a servant; this is to inform others there is a party, However the servant can not read Capulet's writing, so asks Romeo to read the list. As Rosaline is on the list, Benvolio sees this as an opportunity for Romeo to meet other girls, and hopefully see beauty in other girls beside Rosaline. ...read more.

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We feel sympathy for Romeo here because, he thinks he is in love with Rosaline, However everyone else can see the problems, but him. Juliet is treated unfairly by her father, because Capulet has arranged a marriage for Juliet to marry Paris. Juliet can't get married to Paris though because she is already married to Romeo, When she finds out she tries to say no but Capulet will have none of it, She tells him that if they don't stop the marriage then "make my bridal bed in that dim monument where Tybalt lies." Nevertheless this does not stop Capulet. We feel sympathy for Juliet here because she can't do what she wants to do; she is bossed around all the time. Romeo and Juliet are both treated very unfairly by their families and friends. Romeo just wants peace between the two house holds and love, but Juliet just wants freedom. I think Shakespeare has made this exciting by Romeo and Juliet getting married in secret with Capulets knowing, This made many problems when it occurred therefore making it more exciting to read. ...read more.

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