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Romeo and Juiliet

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet In this traumatic but romantic Love story. Shakespeare effectively arouses and sustains the audiences interest with a wide variety of techniques such as; use of language, stagecraft and many more devices. In the key scenes Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 3 Scene 5. Even though at the beginning of Act 1 Scene 5 we are told in the prologue of the plot of Romeo and Juliet. For example, 'a pair of star-crossed lovers takes their life'. So we are aware that Romeo and Juliet are too meet and that it is meant to be also that they are to take their lives. However the audience are still interested in how this happens! Also with the techniques that Shakespeare uses these help to sustain our interest. At the start of Act 1 Scene 5 there is a busy and worrying atmosphere but also an exciting aroma about this scene, this feeling travels to the audience. We get the feeling that the party is going to be big and extravagant. There is also a feeling of apprehension encase the party is not ready in time! This atmosphere arouses the audience's interest. To prolong this suspense Shakespeare enters humour into this scene. At the beginning of the party Lord Capulet grabs the audience's attention with a joke. This lightens the atmosphere. The audience are now being entertained by Lord Capulet 'Welcome, Gentlemen! ...read more.

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He wants to fight Romeo to his Death. Capulet does not agree and Tybalt resentfully backs down. When Romeo and Juliet finally meet, there is an atmosphere of tension and suspense. Straight away sweet-talks her, ' My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand! To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss. Romeo kisses Juliet; they are interrupted by Juliet's mother. Romeo is intrigued to find out who Juliet's mother is. Of course we know who Juliet's mother is so therefore we know of the 'ancient' feud! Therefore we are now intrigued to find out how Romeo will react! All in all as the audience we would be feeling a mixture of feelings at the end of Act 1 Scene 5. Such as, Happiness, cheerfulness and a feeling of romance. Shakespeare successfully arouses and sustains interest in Act 1 Scene 5 due to some of the key points in this scene. Shakespeare has achieved all this due to his achievement in keeping us interested. Equally importantly in Act 3 Scene 5, Shakespeare willingly arouses and sustains interest in many ways which are to be expressed further on. Therefore Romeo and Juliet's first night together is romantic and passionate, so Shakespeare has successfully caught the audience's attention. To sustain this interest there is a sudden change of atmosphere. Initially the atmosphere help to bring together this part of the scene as Romeo and Juliet have just spent their first night together, where the atmosphere is full of passion and lust. ...read more.

Conclusion

The audience's interest is enhanced by this because we are left wondering what might happen even though we do know that Juliet dies we are still intrigued to find out the circumstances before this, 'I'll to the friar to know his remedy. If all else fail, myself have power to die.' The audience would now be feeling worried and afraid for Juliet. Due to the fact that if the friar cannot help her she will have to commit suicide, this also makes the audience also realise how against Juliet is about marrying Paris because she loves Romeo so much. The audience would now feel sympathy for Julie because of her being forced into something she does not want to do. Hence Shakespeare's success in arousing and sustaining interest in Act 3 Scene 5. As a result the audience would be feeling a wide variety of emotions. Such as; anxiousness, sympathy and of being intrigued. Shakespeare maintains the suspension throughout the whole play but in particularly in the two key scenes mentioned. He uses many different devices to create this affect and unlike many other writers he can keep the suspense going through a number of scenes. This is due to his different techniques, which create and sustain the interest of the audience without this we would become very bored and restless throughout the play. These techniques that Shakespeare has used to engage our interest all help in the beautiful but tragic play of Romeo and Juliet. ?? ?? ?? ?? Rebecca Henry 10afl English coursework ...read more.

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