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How does Shakespeare use the character of Romeo to maximise dramatic effect?

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HOW DOES SHAKESPEARE USE THE CHARACTER OF ROMEO TO MAXIMISE DRAMATIC EFFECT? Romeo and Juliet is the greatest love story ever told mainly because it has various aspects of love and is also one of the greatest tragedies of all time. The play Romeo and Juliet was by all accounts taken from the poem 'The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet'. Shakespeare starts his play Romeo and Juliet with a prologue. In the prologue Shakespeare sets the scene and gives the audience a brief summary of the play so if the audience was to miss any part of the play they would still get the general picture of the play. Romeo and Juliet is such a renowned and memorable play that they very names are still used today to describe a man or women who are madly in love. Shakespeare maximises the dramatic affect by using a prologue as a powerful message to attract the attention of the audience. The prologue is so important that in a modern version of Romeo and Juliet called 'Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet' it is played three times. Once by the news reporter, then on signs across Verona, then in flashing text on the screen. The prologue takes the form of a sonnet a sonnet is usually fourteen lines long and is a love poem because the prologue is in the form of a sonnet the audience know that the play is going to have aspects of love in it. ...read more.

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Shakespeare makes Romeo use oxymorons in his speech. Thy emphasis the confusion of his feelings of love for Rosaline by saying "O loving hate" and "cold fire". As Shakespeare is making him use such elaborate ways of speaking, his feelings seem 'artificial', and Romeo's love does not seem true rather it seems that he is in love with the idea of being in love. His language emphasises to the audience that his feelings are not real. As he uses bizarre imagery and rhyming couplets, it is hard for the audience to take his feelings seriously. To maximise dramatic effect Shakespeare makes Romeo use a metaphor in which he says that if he sees a women more beautiful than Rosaline his tears would turn into fire and burn his face because he would be lying. Shakespeare maximises dramatic effect because the audience are convinced that Romeo will not fall in love with anyone else due to what is stated in this metaphor. Shakespeare also maximises dramatic effect because the audience speculates who Juliet is the lady mentioned in the title of the play. Shakespeare creates drama when Romeo and Juliet see each other for the first time because they are so indulged in love that everyone else in the party ceases to exist for them and time seems to stop for the two lovers. Seeing Juliet for the first time has a dramatic change on Romeos language and character. ...read more.

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Conclusion Tragedy is a main factor in the story of Romeo and Juliet. Many problems occur during the play and it seems to the audience that the problems are easy to overcome. However the characters do not seem able to realise the simplicity of this. This leads the audience to think, 'if only...' This sort of situation is called dramatic irony. Shakespeare has written an amazing and extravagant play in which he has given a fourteen year old boy Romeo the leading character in the play, which has been written by a great play writer. Shakespeare makes Romeo excelling in the elaborate word play that was popular in Elizabethian times. Shakespeare maximises dramatic effect by making Romeo and Juliet pay with their lives due to the actions and views of people around them. Romeo's and Juliet's death seems needless, as it was mainly the people around them who were fighting and not them. Romeo and Juliet largely kept out of the fighting apart from when Romeo killed Tybalt to avenge Mercutior death. Romeo's and Juliet's lives were mainly made miserable and unhappy by the people around them who interfered in their lives. The idea that existed in Elizabethian times with regards to love and marriage was that members of rival families did not fall in love or marry each other. Shakespeare challenges this belief in the play Romeo and Juliet. I believe he does this to maximises dramatic effect to its highest potential which he has successfully accomplished in this brilliant play Page 1 of 6 Waseem Mahboob R&J coursework ...read more.

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