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How does Shakespeare use themes, language and character in 'Romeo and Juliet' to create a sense of tragedy and impending doom?

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Lily Norton 11U Miss Graham English Essay Romeo and Juliet How does Shakespeare use themes, language and character in 'Romeo and Juliet' to create a sense of tragedy and impending doom? Before this play starts a prologue must be read as an introduction to the text, which briefly tells the story so that we, as the audience, know what to expect straight from the very start. The prologue tells the audience right from the beginning that there is going to be tragedy at the end, "A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life". This is so the audience are put in suspense as to how the tragedy will occur; it makes us want to read the story. ...read more.

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He makes decisions for her, which is what parents did in Elizabethan times, and he gets cross with her when she disobeys him, "hang thee young baggage, disobedient wretch". This makes the audience think that if the parents of these lovers had not made such decisions for them, would they have met their fate in this way? Could this have been prevented? Maybe they would have realised that they did not want each other as much as they thought they did? And maybe they just wanted each other because they knew it was forbidden? Juliet is very young in this play, so the present day audience would not relate to a thirteen year old getting married. Her parents were too controlling and overly keen for her to marry Paris, and were threatening towards her when she tells them she doesn't want to marry him. ...read more.

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He realised how much they meant to each other and so wanted to help them, despite being reluctant at first. Friar Lawrence was unaware of what would happen if he did help them. He thought that this would maybe help the families to settle their differences and this never-ending argument. In Elizabethan times, everybody believed in fate and to fulfil their 'destiny'. The audience of Romeo and Juliet would have believed that the lovers were destined to be together, and all of the things that happened in this play were written in the stars and destined to happen to these two "Star-crossed lovers". It is ironic that the soliloquies in the play showed how much these two teenagers loved each other, and how emotional it was that they were from families with such hatred between them. "It is my lady, O it is my love". ...read more.

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