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Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is recognised to be not only one of Shakespeare's best and most popular plays but arguably one of the best plays ever written. Romeo and Juliet is a romantic tale about two star crossed lovers fated to meet an untimely death because of their feuding families. Romeo a Montague and Juliet a Capulet both come from different families who are known to be sworn enemies. This is clear from the opening prologue of the play where it says 'from an ancient grudge break to new mutiny' this means that the two families are enemies and have been for a long time. In this same prologue I see that although the families dislike each other intently, they are in some ways alike. I know this as it says; 'two households both alike in dignity'. This shows that the two families have similar social standings yet this fails to cease the conflict between them both. The play consists of two themes these are love and tragedy. Shakespeare combines the two in order to make the play as effective as possible. By doing this he is able to have the audience on the edge of their seats as they know there's going to be a twist in the play. One of the main characters in the play as you may already know is Romeo. ...read more.


Also it shows what little respect Tybalt as he refers to him as a slave and this highlights the hatred between the two. When Tybalt tells Capulet that Romeo is at the party Capulets reaction is very different from Tybalt as he says 'A bears him like a portly gentlemen; And to say truth, Verona brags of him' I think everyone including Tybalt is surprised by Capulets reaction as knowing the history between the two families everyone expects Capulet to do something about it but it turns out that Capulet actually respects Romeo and as long as he is good mannered he has nothing against him. One of the most famous parts of the play is when Romeo first sees Juliet. Romeo is stunned by her beauty and his response is instant. The reason why his response is dramatically effective is because of the language he uses as it rhymes and this makes the text sound more interesting and effective. Romeo speaks of Juliet by using various techniques for example he uses metaphors in order to show her beauty for example he says 'she doth teach the torches to burn bright' this is basically saying how beautiful Juliet is by saying her beauty is brighter than that of a torch. This is dramatically effective to the Elizabethan audience as the audience can't see Juliet's beauty as Juliet would have been played by a man this is why it's important for the Romeo to describe Juliet's beauty in depth as the audience have to imagine her beauty. ...read more.


When Romeo finds out the news although it is obvious that he is upset he doesn't really as all he says is 'o dear account, my lips is my foes dept' this means that his fate is in his enemies hands and there's nothing he can do about it. This is surprising as I think the audience expected more of a reaction from Romeo. At the end of the scene it isn't clear what's going to happen next and what the future holds for Romeo and Juliet. Although the audience aren't left completely in the dark as its obvious what's going to happen from looking at the prologue. On the whole I do believe Shakespeare has made Act 1 Scene 5 dramatically effective and there are many reasons why I think this such as the language Shakespeare uses and the effect it has upon the audience. I feel Act 1 Scene 5 is one of the most crucial points in the play due to the fact that it's the seen were Romeo and Juliet first meet and also its crucial to the rest of the play as it creates the storyline. Personally I believe Romeo and Juliet is not only one of Shakespeare's best play but one of the greatest plays ever written due to its storyline as the fact that audience never know watts going to happen next as the storyline is unpredictable.. ...read more.

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