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In 1595 William Shakespeare wrote one of his most popular and famous play;' Romeo and Juliet'.

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Romeo and Juliet In 1595 William Shakespeare wrote one of his most popular and famous play;' Romeo and Juliet'. The play consists of tragedy, romance and comical references. The play tells of two households 'Montagues' and 'Capulets' in which Romeo and Juliet's love for one another struggle to survive. Among all sadness and tragic scenes Shakespeare lightens the mood with comical references. This combination of both tragic and comical scenes work very well and makes the play not as drastic as it would be if there was no comedy. Today this is known as a soap opera that is widely watched by the working class, as it was when Elizabeth reigned. Comedy was used throughout the play which added character to the actors that appeared as comedians. Puns and Innuendos were used to create laughter, a good example of this is in the opening scene with Sampson and Gregory. ' Tis true and therefore women being the weaker vessels are ever thrust to the wall: therefore I will push Montagues men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall'. ...read more.


Here Mercutio uses sarcasm for example, Mercutio calls the Nurse an 'Ancient lady'. This scene would catch the audiences eye, as it is humorous in a few ways. The way the Nurse takes his comments and retaliates with some thing more sarcastic. This provides comic relief. The characters of Mercutio and the Nurse where mainly there to add to the comedy extra's. As in the play they had no real meaning. For example the Nurse is described as a bossy women and however much she bosses Juliet you can tell that really she loves Juliet as if she were her own daughter. In Act 2 scene 5 she does just that the conversation tells of what Romeo has said to the Nurse. As the Nurse has been sent by Juliet to Romeo to find out the arrangements for their marriage. When the Nurse arrive back after speaking to Romeo, Juliet is very curious of what he has said. The Nurse can see that she is eager and in a way starts to tease Juliet. ...read more.


The reason for this is to make it not as serious as it would have been with out the comedy. The Nurse, Mercutio, Sampson and Gregory are humorous characters. The Nurse in particular is very funny through out the play. The conversation with the Nurse and Mercutio in Act2 scene 4 sees another side of the Nurse, which is quite sarcastic. In Act 2 scene 5 we see another side to the Nurse. Here she is being quite secretive but in a humorous way, as she knows this and is playing it to her advantage. The character of Mercutio is quite similar as he is to quite sarcastic. May things have evolved since the 16th century but some how Shakespeare was ahead of the times as still dramas such as Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and such others. Are still used in Soap Operas of today. A good example of this was the Lisa and Phil saga in Eastenders. Today this still keeps people gripping on to their seats. ...read more.

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