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Romeo and Juliet-How does Shakespeare build up and manipulate the audiences reaction towards Romeo?

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English Coursework How does Shakespeare build up and manipulate the audiences reaction towards Romeo? This essay will be analysing the above question and then concluding/ the essay is based on the tragic play Romeo and Juliet, by Shakespeare. The prologue is the opener to the play Romeo and Juliet, and it comes in the form of a Shakespearian sonnet. A Shakespearian sonnet is a small poem which Shakespeare used that consisted of 14 lines, and 10 syllables on each line. Most of Shakespeare's sonnets are talked about when relating o love. This sonnet also introduces the theme of the play which is tragic love. 'a pair of star crossed lovers take their life'. This quote proves that it introduces the theme of love. The prologue talks about what will take place in the in the play which help prepare the audience. It acts as an introduction which gives information about where the play is set and other pieces of information. Some people wonder why the prologue gives away the story, but Shakespeare did it to create dramatic irony. ...read more.

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'you are a lover, borrow Cupids wings and soar with them above common bound.' Towards the end of act 1 scene 4, Romeo decides to leave his life in the stars hands and let his destiny take him forward. That causes dramatic irony because fate is referred to through Romeos statement and believes he will die as a result of the Capulet party. But the audience already knows he will die another death. Also, stars have been mentioned twice 'star-crossed lovers' 'consequence hanging in the stars'. This proves that in Elizabethan times people believed that stars held their destinies and that stars were in complete control of their life's. This affect Romeo's attitude because he looses all his love for anything and becomes hollow. Romeo and Juliet language change in act 1 scene 5. When Romeo first sees Juliet he talks about her using a metaphor. 'she doth teaches the torch to burn bright' This tell us that Juliet's beauty is much brighter than the torches, so she is very beautiful. ...read more.

Conclusion

Romeo, as we have gathered before is a vey calm boy from an honourable family. This reaction comes a s a shock to the audience when he kills Tybalt. From the way Romeo acts in act 5, we gather that he is a very emotional person. He loved Juliet so much and wanted to be with her, that he took his life hoping to join her. Unfortunately Juliet wakes up to find the love of her life dead next to her. The audience now feel sympathy for Romeo, as he had been through a lot only to find Juliet 'dead'. The audience may think that Romeo is unpredictable as he can do anything at anytime, just to be with his love. Romeo is a tragic hero because he was a popular man, from noble blood who dies of a tragic death. His flaw is that he falls deeply in love too quickly, which is what destroys him. Most people will not blame him because, he falls in love easily and does stupid things for his love. Some people argue that he was a very serious boy that took his love very seriously. ?? ?? ?? ?? Solomon Kuti - 1 - ...read more.

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