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In What Ways Do the Central Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Engage the Audience.

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In What Ways Do the Central Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Engage the Audience Four hundred years ago, William Shakespeare wrote the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, a popular play that continues to capture the imagination and emotions of people around the world. The drama portrays the passionate, violent and often desperate lives of the youth of Verona. Even today, the tragedy resembles a blueprint of the problems that the adolescents of the twentieth century must face each day. In this play, Shakespeare explores the pitfalls of young love and the consequences they face from their actions. They explained their love to be true love and they knew that they had to be together, even though their families were enemies and it was truly forbidden for the two of them to marry. This created countless problems for these two young lovers, whose lives ended as a result of this feud. This play is extremely popular. Even so long after it had been written. ...read more.


This feud caused countless problems for the two young lovers. Friar Lawrence was also responsible. It was his idea for Juliet to fake her death. His plan failed and Romeo and Juliet's lives ended. Perhaps if the Friar had taken his own advice, and not allowed Romeo and Juliet to rush their marriage, they might have lived. There is no doubt that Friar Lawrence is responsible, but to what extent? It can be said that the feud between the families forced the Friar to act like he did. He only wanted Romeo and Juliet to be happy so he did what he thought was necessary, but this does not excuse him, nothing can. What he did was wrong. He shouldn't have agreed to marry the two without their parents' consent. He should have informed the parents of the situation. The Friar was a good man. The prince also thought so and didn't punish the Friar. (act 5 scene 3 line 274-275). Even though he meant well, he was still wrong. ...read more.


Shakespeare writes things such as, Shakespeare used many oxymorons in the story of Romeo and Juliet. These oxymorons show contrast in the play. The main contrast is of love and hate which is the central theme. The whole play is based around the fact that Romeo and Juliet love each other but the hatred between their families creates many problems for them. The prologue played a very important part in the tragic story of Romeo and Juliet. It tells the audience the basic story line of the play. The prologue talks about tragedy and this makes it seem that everything that happens in the play is pre-destined. This also creates a sense of dramatic irony, as the audience knows that everything will end in tragedy. In conclusion the central tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is very engaging, even so many years after it was first written. It is so popular because it is based on love and hate, which is universal and something every one of us can relate to. Teenagers find this play very easy to relate to, especially those who have experienced young love and realise the pressures they must face. - 1 - ...read more.

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