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Introduction Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy, yet contains, with great detail sweet romance. The novel shows how life, Love and marriage were considered in Shakespearean times. Although it was written in 1595, the play was set in 1303 where young marriage was much more common in the wealthy households for reasons of the estate; it is based upon two wealthy dignified families who are enemies, with young na�ve love sprung between the offspring of both families. Here is how Shakespeare shapes his audiences response to Romeo and Juliet's first meeting. Part 5 Romeo quickly decides that he is in love with Juliet just after glimpses of her. This is where Shakespeare introduces love at first sight in the play to the audience. ...read more.


Earlier in the play Benvoilio said to Romeo 'I will make thee think thy swan a crow' in reference to Rosaline giving the audience the image that she is supposedly a common and ugly bird. But then in Act 1 Scene 5 Romeo refers to Juliet as a 'Snowy dove trooping with crows' (among other women) this shows the audience the difference between Romeo's love for Rosaline and for Juliet, although they both were compared as white birds, Juliet was the more unique and exquisite one of both. Religion plays a subtle part in the play however it plays an immense part in the scene as it is the bases of the 'Star cross'd lovers' first conversation together. Juliet says 'for saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch, And palm to palm is a holy palmers kiss' in response to Romeo's comparison ...read more.


The audience are left felling shocked and compassionate for Juliet. Most plays were done during the daytime in the light because in Shakespearean times most, if not all, theatres were outside so the evening and party scenes were harder to perform and Shakespeare had to use words to demonstrate different times of day and night. Most of the stages were open stages and surrounded on 3 sides by the audience so you couldn't really pull curtains across or hide it in the darkness. Unfortunately Shakespeare couldn't open or close plays because of this. This was a big problem when the dead would have to be moved off stage at the end of a tragedy for example when Romeo and Juliet toke their lives it was difficult as there were 2 bodies to remove, which most likely both would have been heavy as they were both male and older then the age in the play-script. ?? ?? ?? ?? Rajveet Kang ...read more.

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