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Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare's skill as a seasoned playwright are put to the test throughout the play, as he tries to maintain interest to various levels of audience even after they are told the play's ending in the opening prologue.

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Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare's skill as a seasoned playwright are put to the test throughout the play, as he tries to maintain interest to various levels of audience even after they are told the play's ending in the opening prologue. The focus of the play is not what is going to happen, but how. The audience already know the plot so they are free to enjoy it all happen; the interest arises from the fast moving events and sub plots, and the quick fire interaction of the witty, vivid characters. Also the plot can move on at a more rapid pace. Also another theme throughout the play is the puerile but undying hopeless hope; even though they know they are doomed the audience still have hope, as their desire for a happy ending is not quenched even when pitched against the prologue. Shakespeare gives us immediate expectation by choosing Verona as the play's setting. ...read more.

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This play is aimed mostly at the younger generation; it is nor by definition a great love story, the limit of its greatness being the puerility of the lovers. Shakespeare displays his immense skill in depicting various types of love, including hopeless love, unrequited love, self-pitiful love, (the love of being in love and wallowing in self-pity) and true love, this being the one that stands out from the rest in the dream-like R&J courting scenes. As demonstrated by their language in their first interaction, Romeo and Juliet love each other in different ways. Romeo's love for Juliet is all consuming and he conveys it using huge exaggerations and stratospherically profound imagery, and her love for him is na�ve yet pragmatic, she worries about inconsequential details such as whether he will consider her too easily won, (another oxymoron) and she, despite her inferior chronological age, in many ways more mature than him. ...read more.

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One of the reasons Shakespeare's characters are so believable is because they are so complex; they can act differently at different times and show different sides to themselves. However Tybalt seems to be an exception; he is always egotistical and bawdy, and this is demonstrated in his claim to hate the word peace, as well as all Montagues. Another interesting point by Shakespeare in this play is how people are judged rightly or wrongly by their names; would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? Romeo and Juliet overcome this when Juliet realises that Romeo's name doesn't matter, saying that he is himself, not a Montague, and should not be judged by his surname. However the personalities of Merctuio and Benvolio are reflected in their names; Benvolio, peacekeeper, Mercutio; Messenger of the Gods, Mercury, reactive, he is like a catalyst used by Shakespeare to speed up the action and prevent boredom. ...read more.

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