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How does Shakespeare make the opening gripping and exciting in Romeo and Juliet?

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GCSE Romeo and Juliet

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How does Shakespeare make the start of the play gripping and exciting?

Originally written by Arthur Brooke in the form of a long poem called "The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet", Romeo and Juliet was later rewritten by former actor and playwright William Shakespeare. Shakespeare, a magician with words, added more depth, detail and characters to the tragedy. The famous play, "The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet," more commonly referred to as "Romeo and Juliet," was believed to be written roughly between 1591 and 1595, in the Elizabethan era. In the Elizabethan era theatres were popular. Whilst watching a play the audience were not expected to be silent: people ate, talked and fidgeted through the performance. Going to the theatre was like going to a social event thus people would be loud and mingle around; you had to earn the audienceâs attention by having a riveting start to the play. In addition, there were hardly any props for the actors so the story had to be told through words. Shakespeare creates an engaging and gripping opening to Romeo and Juliet with the use of various linguistic techniques, dramatic devices, metaphoric imagery and humour.

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