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How does Shakespeare shape our response to the lover(TM)s first meeting?

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How does Shakespeare shape our response to the lover's first meeting? Shakespeare as an influential and strong writer, and wrote the most famous love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet. However the play was not Shakespeare's idea, the play was in fact a poem first written by Author Brookes. Having said that, Author Brookes shows more passion towards the parent's side and disapproves of the children being together. Subsequently when Shakespeare wrote the play he sympathises more with Romeo and Juliet rather tan the parents, making the audience do the same. Like most plays in the Elizabethan times the play started with a prologue. The prologue in this play was in the form of a sonnet which was associated to love stories, so straight away the audience knows it is a love story. In the prologue Shakespeare says that "star-crossed lovers take their life", so the audience know that fate has brought them together and now they must take their lives. People in the Elizabethan times took destiny and fate very seriously and that their lives depended on the stars, so they believed that Romeo and Juliet had to kill themselves because the stars said that they would and it would make everyone else happier. So straight away the audience sympathises with Romeo and Juliet since they have to kill themselves. ...read more.


But the moment he sees Juliet his feelings for Rosaline vanish and his heart is then set on Juliet. The audience can see that his feelings for Rosaline are not genuine but instead they are false. Subsequently, when Romeo first sees Juliet he says, "Did my heart love till now? For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." This shows that Romeo is passionate towards Juliet, speaks from the bottom of his heart and his feelings for Juliet are more meaningful and that he dearly loves her. We then meet Juliet in Scene three. Juliet gives the impression that she is very obedient when she says, "madam I am here, what is your will?" it shows us that she is very polite toward her mother since she addresses her to 'madam' rather than 'mother'. She also seems very submissive because she says, "but no more deep will I endart mine eye." This shows she will do as she is told because her mother has just asked her to take a look at Paris and see if she wants to marry him. Juliet seems very innocent in this scene as she respects her elders and does as she is told. I believe that the audience will like her as she is obedient and well-mannered. Later in scene four Romeo says he had a dream which included "some consequence yet hanging in the stars" the audience would take this very seriously because they believe in the stars. ...read more.


When she leaves Romeo asked the nurse who Juliet was, when the nurse replies Romeo was in great shock he says, "O dear account! My life is my foe's debt." Romeo realises who Juliet is and knows that he can not be with her or their parents will disapprove and they will not be able to be together. When Juliet finds out whom Romeo is she is also devastated that she loves an enemy of her family. She declares before, "if he be married, my grave is likely to be my wedding bed". This shows her love towards Romeo, because she cannot live if she cannot marry him. Both Romeo and Juliet demonstrate how compassionate the love is by showing the audience that they both cannot live without each other, as when they realised that they both love their family's foes they were both distraught and could not bare their life without each other. Over all I believe that Shakespeare has made the audience sympathise towards Romeo and Juliet for many reasons. He expresses their feelings more than any of the other characters which makes us understand them more and feel sorry for them. When Romeo and Juliet first meet the audience can see how passionate and devoted their relationship is. They have both found out that they are both their families' enemies yet they both want to be together even if it means that they die. It shows just how strong their relationship is and they are truly in love. Gurleen Brar Ms Kelly 1 ...read more.

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