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romeo and juliet

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How does Shakespeare prepare the audience for the tragic end of 'Romeo & Juliet'? 'Romeo & Juliet' is one of Shakespeare's great tragedies written in 1594 throughout the play Shakespeare continually prepares the audience for the tragic ending which turns out to be a misunderstanding of the poison and who she loves and who's she's loved by. In the chorus the play Shakespeare uses dramatic irony to basically hint the audience yet the cast don't know they gave us the hint 'the fearful passage of their death-marked love' also we are told the 'two households' are 'both alike in dignity' This shows the chorus is telling us that this story will be a devastating and tragic story. ...read more.

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At the Capulet ball this is the scene when the love of Romeo and Juliet starts, Romeo enters as he feast his eyes on Juliet and never takes his eyes off her 'forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night'. This is shown between lines 43-53. Prior to Act 3 Scene 1 we see Shakespeare setting up the important plotlines of the feud between the Montague's and Capulet and Romeo and Juliet's love story. The drama in this is primarily how these scenarios are set up and how they foreshadow what is to come. The opening scene, for instance, depicts the bloody and violent nature of the quarrel and the way it is rooted in the mindset of both the Montague's and Capulet that they should hate each other. ...read more.

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Knowing these things helps us to understand how important their love is to one another because they are willing to risk a lot. The banquet scene itself begins the love story. Importantly, though, Shakespeare also uses this key love scene to set up the confrontation between Tybalt and Romeo in act 2 scene 1 (Tyablt goes after Romeo because he gate crashed the banquet). It reminds us of the hate that underlies the couples love. Juliet herself also reminds the audience of the tragic nature of the play by saying that if Romeo cannot be her's "My grave is like to be my wedding bed" (Act 1 Scene 5). Here we see the drama to come being set up for us almost like a warning. ?? ?? ?? ?? Kahdel Henry 11/11/2008 ...read more.

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