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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Pre 1914 Drama / Shakespeare Assignment

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Pre 1914 Drama / Shakespeare Assignment At the beginning of the sixteenth, century the great art form of the Elizabethans was their drama. The Elizabethans inherited a passion for play acting form the Middle Ages and they then reinforced this by reading and translating popular work by roman play wrights. During this period plays were performed by an all male cast, using young males to play the female roles and therefore play wrights had to ensure that the audience was fully committed to watching the play. Many other problems arose whilst trying to put on a successful play in the Elizabethan era. Such as creating simple but convincing scenery, showing a night time scene during the day and trying to create an atmosphere using weather in the play when the weather was the opposite to what was being described. There were also other distractions throughout the play like thieves and people selling food amongst the already rowdy audience. Whether the playwright could overcome these problems determined the overall success of the play being performed. One of the most influential playwrights of the sixteenth century was William Shakespeare, who provided a Shakespearian audience with everything they could possibly ask for; Romance, laughter, villains, a good plot, violence and engaging storylines that the audience could relate their own problems and feelings to. ...read more.


Shakespeare's prophetic irony is effective here and the information about Romeo and Juliet's given through Romeo's soliloquy remind the audience that a great romance will unfold between the couple but unfortunately it will also lead to their 'untimely' deaths. Whilst at the Capulet ball, Tybalt overhears Romeo asking a serving man about Juliet and instantly feels that a Montague's presence at the event is a dishonour to the Capulet family. Tybalt threatens 'to strike' Romeo 'dead' but does not 'hold it' as 'a sin', this again shows the audience Tybalts aggressive and somewhat irrational behaviour. After seeing Romeo at the Ball Tybalt consults his Uncle, Capulet, who advises him to 'let him alone' as 'Verona brags of him to be a virtuous and well-govern'd youth.' Obviously Capulet doesn't want to 'do him disparagement' in his own house and tells Tybalt that it is his 'will' to 'show a fair presence', however Tybalt then ignores Capulets request and even though he is his superior he arrogantly explains that he will 'not endure him'. After seeing that his nephew ignored his first request Capulet is more forceful in his second response and tells Tybalt that Romeo 'shall be endured' and reminds him who the 'master' is. ...read more.


He also tells Benvolio that he cannot forget about Rosaline and look for other women as she is so beautiful, he then goes on to emphasise this point by saying that he is 'stricken blind cannot forget' and ' her beauty serve as a note'. Although Romeo believes that what he feels for Rosaline is true love the audience can see that he actually only feels infatuation towards her as surely if he loved her he would be able to respect the fact that she intends to keep her virginity. Before meeting Romeo Juliet is very dutiful in her reply when her mother asks her how she feels about the prospect of marriage by 'saying that it is an honour that I dream not of' as she is still very young but she also explains that if her parents feel the time is right she will be obedient as she says 'I'll look to like, if looking liking move; but no more deep will I endart mine eye Than your consent gives strength to make it fly'. Juliet expects to like Count Paris as her parent believe he is a suitable choice for a husband, however she will give him no more encouragement that her parents consent. ...read more.

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