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Romeo and Juliet suffer a number of emotional traumas in the play

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Romeo and Juliet suffer a number of emotional traumas in the play. Show the ways in which Shakespeare's language and dramatic devices are used to increase the audience's sympathy with their suffering and to underline the play's themes. Romeo and Juliet suffer a number of emotional traumas in the play. Shakespeare uses dramatic devices to increase the audience's sympathy with their suffering and to underline the plays themes. Shakespeare highlights the poor treatment and lack of respect for women in the 16th century. He also points out that there is very little point to human conflict and that violence is not the right answer. I think the most traumatizing event and one which Shakespeare created most sympathy from the audience for Romeo and Juliet was their deaths. Romeo was banished to another Town when a word came to him about the death of Juliet. Friar Lawrence and Juliet had planned for Juliet to fake her death so that she could leave Verona with Romeo. Romeo was not aware of this plan so Friar Lawrence sent a letter to Romeo in the town he was banished to only to find out a few days later the letter could not be sent due to an outbreak of plague in Romeos town. Romeo then receiving the message of Juliet's death was distraught and stormed back into Verona causing havoc just to be with Juliet on her death bed. ...read more.

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The feud between Juliet's family (Capulet) and Romeos family (Montague) also creates sympathy for Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare mentions the families feud in the prologue saying "Two households both alike in dignity" "From an ancient grudge break new mutiny". These two lines tell us that they are two powerful house holds but they will be betrayed. This already creates lots of sympathy for Romeo and Juliet; because if there was no conflict between the two families none of the events leading up to their deaths would have taken place, Romeo and Juliet's relationship would have not had to be a secret. The play begins with a battle between the two houses and eventually later on in the play members of the families are killed which result in disastrous consequences. By starting the play with a fight Shakespeare immediately excites the audience and grabs their attention. This is in a way another dramatic device used by Shakespeare because Romeo and Juliet are aware of their families dislike for each other but do not know what sort of problems this will cause in the future. Tybalts death is another important event in the play which creates sympathy for Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare creates a dramatic battle between the Montague's and Capulet's ending in the death of Mercutio and Tybalt. ...read more.

Conclusion

This creates lots of sympathy for Romeo as he is dreadfully upset about the death of Juliet and eventually leads to Romeo killing himself. Romeo says "Well Juliet I will lie with thee tonight" telling the audiences that he is going to kill himself, creating sympathy for Juliet. In act III scene 1 comedy takes a dramatic turn to tragedy which makes the audience remember what is destined to happen to Romeo and Juliet and creates more sympathy. When Tybalt and Mercutio die, this sets the scene for the rest of the play and the audience knows that eventually Romeo and Juliet are going to die. This makes even more sympathy for them as the audience realizes they will soon die. This is a major turning point in the play as it takes a serious turn and after this very little comedy is used by Shakespeare. He does this so there's such a big comparison between tragedy and comedy. In conclusion to all the events I studied in the play I found the following things. Shakespeare did nothing accidentally and all the themes of the play were purposely put there. He has clearly purposely highlighted that women were not respected well in the 16th century and had very little say in matters. He has cleverly shown that conflict can lead to needless death and that violence is not the right answer. Overall creating sympathy for Romeo and Juliet was Shakespeare's main objective which he completed successfully in this tragic love story. ...read more.

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