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Romeo and Juliet

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Shakespeare Essay In this essay I intend to examine how Shakespeare makes the prologue and Act 1 of 'Rome and Juliet' exciting, dramatic and memorable for the audience and how he prepares us for the tragedy to come. Romeo and Juliet, set in Verona, tells the story of how two star cross'd lovers life comes to an end after nothing but their deaths would put a stop to a long existing feud between their families. The play 'Rome and Juliet' was written in 1595, inspired by a poem by Arthur Brook called 'The tragical story of Romeus and Juliet'. This was written in 1562, one of the early origins of the play. 'Rome and Juliet' is based around a mixture of love, hate, tragedy and disguise. Shakespeare added a few changes to the play such; Act 1 scene 1 was added, he invented the character of Mercutio who acts as a balance to Tybalt as they are on opposing sides of the two families. He also made the Nurse and Benvolio more important and shortened the time scale from 9 months to 5 days, faster pace is more exciting as it is more interesting for the audience. I think he made these changes to get people more interested and improve it for what he thought was best. Tragedy occurs as various points of the play, the most memorable bit being when both 'Rome and Juliet' die, I thing this fits in well with the traditional idea of death in the play. ...read more.


'Thou canst not tech me to forget' Romeo appears to be obsessed with love which could be his fat flaw. We also learn in this scene that Benvolio is a sensible character. 'I do but keep up the peace' he clearly does not want a fight to break out between the two families, in the end his wish is granted by the prince who breaks it up. All this rivalry shows a link back to the prologue in shown in the 3rd line. Another exciting and memorable occurrence is when love is personified as gal (poison) this shows and interesting link to the theme of tragedy as poison can lead to death, this could also foreshadow Romeo's death. The most important thing which happens in act 1 scene 2 is when Paris to marry Juliet. 'My Lord, what say you to my suit?' this shows an example or courtly love, supposed rules you were meant to follow in marriage at that time. Lord Capulet seems reluctant for this to happen 'She hath not sent he change of fourteen years' but later he does agree to go through with it. The scene that follows brings the event of Lady Capulet announcing to her daughter that they have agreed for Paris to marry her, but Juliet is unhappy about this and she loves Romeo. In act 1 scene 4 a Capulet party is arranged, an alliterate servant is used to invite the guests; 'I pray you, come and crush a cup of wine.' ...read more.


Romeo also uses it in a different way at one stage of the play as he talks in oxymorons; this helps us to establish his sad mood and interests us into what has caused it. Another noticeable change is in the speeches of the play and also in the prologue, they usually come to the end with a rhyming couplet. 'Which with you if patient ears attend, what here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend'. The man themes in 'Romeo and Juliet' are a mixture of love, hate, betrayal, disguise and fate. The main example of love is between 'Romeo and Juliet' and hate between the Capulet and Montague families. Betrayal is shown when Juliet refuses to marry Paris and ends up with Romeo. Disguise is shown at the party when Romeo and a few other Montague's go in masked disguise to the Capulet party. Shakespeare makes act 1 exciting by the use of a range of styles of language and devices. Some events are memorable for the audience because they have shocked them, such as Sampson's comment in the first scene. 'The heads of the maids or their maiden heads'. The clear feud between the two families also helps us prepare for the tragedy. A faster pace is used during arguments and makes the characters words more aggressive and threatening. I feel the prologue and the first act sets up the whole play and in a way lays out the foundations for it. They are both exciting and intriguing for the audience, this makes them want to find about the rest of the play and you can see clear links back to prologue in various places of the play. ...read more.

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