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How does Shakespeare sue dramatic technique and language to establish mood at the start of Romeo & Juliet? (Prologue, Act 1, Scene 1) William Shakespeare was a poet, playwright and actor. He was widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. He is often called England's poet and the "Bard of Avon". His 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. In 1562, Arthur Brooke wrote a narrative poem called "The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet". This poem was Shakespeare's primary idea for Romeo and Juliet. The Prologue is written as a sonnet, which gives the plot of the play before it has started. It gives a sense of a violent society and the phrase 'star-crossed lovers' shows that, not only is there themes of love, but also it suggests that the society is very superstitious. The sonnet gives themes of love, death and loss, which all together, makes a tragedy. The Play starts on a hot Sunday morning, where the Capulet servants are walking through town. They are joking and laughing, which, at the time, was what the audience expected because before Romeo and Juliet, he wrote comedies. ...read more.


The Prince, in his speech, explains the basis of the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets. 'Three civil brawls' suggests that not only do the families fight, but the other citizens of Verona have picked a side as well. The Prince seems to have given them their last chance when he says 'If you ever disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace.' All the violence that the Prince describes gives you an insight as to what the society was like at this time. There were no mass populated cities with countryside cottages in between each one, but rather small kingdoms ruled by an assumed royal. The lives in these kingdoms were dangerous as they didn't have much of a police force, only the royal guard. Wives and husbands, however, aren't much different. Wives are still caring for their families, while husbands protect their family, but today they don't start sword fights. As the fight in the streets ends, Lady Montague starts to help the wounded people. She asks Benvolio about her son, Romeo. Shakespeare has been clever here. He has started to talk about Romeo, one of the main characters, when we are already quite far into the play. This caring role that Lady Montague is portraying is quite a contrast from the prologue, as it says that her son will take his life because she and her husband are fighting with the Capulets. ...read more.


While Cupid was sneaking into Psyche's room, he accidentally scratched himself with the arrow, and falls in love with her. Following that, Cupid visited her every night while she slept. Cupid told her never to look for or at him. One night, Psyche disobeyed him, and looked to see who he was. When he left, Psyche looked all over the known world for him, and finally, Jupiter, the leader of the gods, gave her immortality so they could spend the rest of eternity together. Another poetic device that Romeo uses is an oxymoron, which is show in the quotes 'cold fire' and 'sick health'. When these quotes are spoken in the play, both of these quotes are showing that there are two sides to everything, whether that is a good thing or a bad thing. In this case, Romeo is saying that love is good when you have it, but when you want it but don't have it, it can be painful. This 'crush' on Rosaline is merely a young first love, because further along in the play we see that when Romeo meets Juliet, he marries her within two days of meeting her. Bearing this in mind, Romeo's attitude towards women is much more savoury and mature compared with the uneducated servants. The servants joke about 'thrusting' women against a wall, while Romeo has been taught to respect women, and to love and cherish them. ?? ?? ?? ?? PAIGE SOWERBY 10 KML 1 ...read more.

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