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Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework William Shakespeare gains the interest of the audience by using different parts of the first scene. Shakespeare uses comedy, romance, tragedy and fighting. Romeo and Juliet is a 16th Century love story. They are from two different families who are feuding. Romeo's family is the Montague's and Juliet is part of the Capulets. They meet at a Capulet's party and instantly fall in love. The next day they arrange to get married even though their parents are worst enemies. In the end the feud between the families separates them and they kill themselves. This is a tragic end to a romantic love story. The play starts off with a very serious prologue, which gives the audience an insight into what the story is about. The prologue is a sonnet, which is a piece of poetry. A sonnet has 14 lines and a rhyming pattern of a, b, a, b, c, d, c, d, e, f, e, f, g, g. It talks about how the love between Romeo and Juliet will end in death because it is in the stars. ...read more.


The nurse brings humor when talking about Juliet's childhood later on in the play. Shakespeare uses comedy to lower the intensity then he will start with a fiery scene to take it back. The comedy provides sufficient breaks from the high intensity scenes. This first scene is a lot different to the prologue, because with the audience in a serious mood he starts of with a comedy scene. With the introduction of Tybalt the mood is again changed. It now becomes more serious and it a first view on how bad the grudge between the families. Benvolio, a peacemaker, is drawn into the fight because of Tybalt. This is the first scene of violence in the play. This is repeated in Act 3 Scene 1 when another fight takes place. Again Tybalt begins the offers of fighting, this time to Romeo, for gate crashing a Capulet's party. Romeo refuses to fight, so Mercutio offers to fight Tybalt. Mercutio suffers bad wounds and dies. Romeo, looking for revenge for the death of his best friend, slays Tybalt and flees. ...read more.


You have to keep watching to find out what this means and were Juliet comes into the play. And what some may feel is the main theme and carried on from the prologue is Tragedy. This happens in the very last scene of the play. With Juliet seeming dead Romeo pours out his heart and drinks a potion, bought from an Apothecary to kill himself. When Juliet awakens from her temporary death to find her love dead, she cannot bear to live without him and stabs herself with Romeo's dagger. Romantic signs become clear from Romeo, especially at the balcony scene. Where he says, "With love's light wings I did o'erperch these walls". All together Shakespeare includes everything a story would hope for in his first scene. Sadness in the prologue, Comedy with Sampson and Gregory, Rivalry and fighting between the two families and the seriousness of the Prince. Romeo can be seen as romantic, Benvolio a peacemaker and Sampson and Gregory as cowards. All these uses of Shakespeare's audience helps to keep the audience interested all the way through. Each different idea is successful in its own way and this is proven with the success of the play. ...read more.

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