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How predictable is "Romeo and Juliet"

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Sana Javed How predictable is "Romeo and Juliet" 'Romeo and Juliet' is known as one of Shakespeare's most popular plays due to the tragedy of the two lovers. In the prologue the outline of the play is mentioned, which makes it very predictable. An Elizabethan audience would have been familiar with the play as it is based on a famous poem, " The Tragical History of Romeo and Juliet" by Arthur Brooke. The prologue informs the audience straight away of the storyline and background information, therefore making it predictable. In the prologue Shakespeare portrays Romeo and Juliet as; "Star-crossed lovers" This quotation shows us how fate played a part in this story. An Elizabethan audience would have believed in this, as they were very supertious. The Elizabethans were in some ways more sophisticated than audiences of our 21st century; when we go to see a play or a new film, we expect to find the excitement in the action. Though say for instance both audiences would anticipate the ending, even though they both know what is to happen, Shakespeare's audiences didn't have the expectations of today's audiences. They were happy to be shown plays/stories that they recognized. ...read more.


Throughout the play the characters quote how they have bad feelings about what is to happen, as they believe in fate. Friar Laurence quotes: "The yoke of inauspicious stars" Showing how there is an air of suspiciousness in the 'stars', a bad feeling that something will happen. At the end of the play the Friar quotes: "Fear comes upon me; o much fear Some ill unthrifty thing" He believes that their deaths were inevitable, and he has had bad feelings from the start about the young lovers. Fate is used a lot in 'Romeo and Juliet' as a cause of the lovers deaths, as it is a very predictable thing. "A greater power than we can contradict Hath thwarted our intents" The 'greater power' that friar Laurence refers to is, of course, fate. Today's audience would use fate in horoscopes as people read them to predict their destiny, just as the Elizabethans did in their plays. Some people say that a lot of what happened in the play is down to chance and bad luck, due to this it makes the play less predictable as it created the sense that anything can happen. ...read more.


We can also therefore predict that Romeo and Juliet's relationship will be problematic and hard, as there families are enemies. The main feud in the play is Mercutio and Tybalts deaths. "Draw Benvolio! Beat down their weapons. Gentlemen, for shame, forbear this outrage Tybalt, Mercutio, the Prince expressly hath forbid this bandying in Verona streets." Romeo tries to stop the fighting but Tybalt wounds Mercutio and he dies. This then leads to Romeo killing Tybalt. Which leads to Romeo leaving Verona. "Romeo, away, be gone! The citizens are up, and Tybalt slain stand not amaz'd: and the prince will doom thee death. If thou art taken: hence, be gone, away!" Due to the feud, Romeo leaves Verona. Therefore it makes it predictable as the audience can sense this will bring bad luck and lead to somethings tragic happening, which it does. The feud has a major effect on the ending , due to all the fighting it leads to the death's of the young lovers. The "love" of romeo and juliet also in a way makes the play more predictable as from the moment they meet they have fallen for each other, it seems like they would do anything to be with eath other, which makes it seem like they will go to any lenghs to be with each other. ...read more.

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