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How does Shakespeare prepare the audience for the final scene of the play?

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Romeo and Juliet How does Shakespeare prepare the audience for the final scene of the play? The story Romeo and Juliet was written by William Shakespeare. It is believed that he wrote the play around 1595. The play is about two rival families, the Montague's and the Capulet's, living in Verona, a town in Rome. The families have been rivals ever since they can remember, that long that both families have probably forgotten what they had first fallen out about. Romeo is from the Montague family and Juliet from the Capulet's. The couple first meet at the Capulet's masked ball, which they hold every year. Romeo and his friends go to the ball and Romeo and Juliet fall in love straight away. Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Doth with their death bury their parents' strife. The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love, And the continuance of their parents' rage, Which, but their children's end, nought could remove, Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage; The which if you with patient ears attend, What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend. ...read more.


Juliet agrees to marry Paris after her father threatens to disown her. Juliet is distraught as she cannot see her husband, her beloved cousin has been killed by her husband, and she is being forced to marry the county Paris against her wishes. She does not know what to do so she goes to Friar Laurence to seek help. The friar as we already knew is an expert in making potions, and offers Juliet a potion to make her appear dead this is how he describes the potion, and the state in which Juliet will appear. FRIAR LAWRENCE Hold, then; go home, be merry, give consent To marry Paris: Wednesday is to-morrow: To-morrow night look that thou lie alone; Let not thy nurse lie with thee in thy chamber: Take thou this vial, being then in bed, And this distilling liquor drink thou off; When presently through all thy veins shall run A cold and drowsy humour, for no pulse Shall keep his native progress, but surcease: No warmth, no breath, shall testify thou livest; The roses in thy lips and cheeks shall fade To paly ashes, thy eyes' windows fall, Like death, when he shuts up the day of life; Each part, deprived of supple government, Shall, stiff and stark and cold, appear like death: And in this borrow'd likeness of shrunk death Thou shalt continue two and forty hours, And then awake as from a pleasant sleep. ...read more.


As the death of their children has brought the two families closer, the families now realise that their fighting and bickering has caused the death of the things they hold closest to them, their children and relatives. Another theme we see developing is Fate, and the idea that fate and destiny do not fit in with time, time works against the couple. Romeo and Juliet wed, and just an hour after the wedding Romeo kills Juliet's closet cousin Tybalt. We also see fate and destiny when Romeo first arrives at the tomb and Paris is there, Paris is angry with Romeo as he thinks that Juliet has died through grief of her dead cousin Tybalt, and Paris blames Romeo as he killed Tybalt. It is fate that the two characters are at the tomb at the same time and that Romeo kills Paris. Another example when we see time working against the couple is when Juliet is "dead" and Romeo commits suicide because he does not want to live without Juliet. Romeo dies just seconds before Juliet wakes up. We as the audience wonder what would have happened if Juliet had woken up just a few seconds earlier. We also know that this would not have happened if Friar Lawrence had saved Romeo and Juliet. He could have done this by not leaving the tomb and or arriving just a few seconds earlier. ...read more.

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