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English English Literature Coursework: Consider how parental relationships and character are conveyed through the use of language and structure in Act three Scene five How does Shakespeare use dramatic devices to affect the audience response? How might a Shakespearean audience differ in their response to a modern audience? In 'Romeo and Juliet', William Shakespeare has written the tragedy of two teenage "star-cross'd lovers" whose "untimely deaths" ultimately unite their feuding households. Both Shakespeare and the play itself have been highly praised by literary critics for its language and dramatic effect. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and is one of his most frequently performed plays. It has become perhaps his best-known play, and has been filmed many times and adapted in all sorts of ways. It has also featured abundantly in all forms of popular culture, from books to even music; Dire Straits famously wrote a song entitled Romeo and Juliet in 1980. Within Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare has created a complex network of characters and many different relationships between them. He has used an immense array of dramatic devices, structural techniques and language to convey these convoluted relationships to his audiences. The relationship between Juliet and her mother, Lady Capulet, is perhaps one of the most diverse that we see throughout the entire play; lady Capulet and Juliet's relationship is phlegmatic in that it is cold and formal. ...read more.


Also, as a follower of Catholicism, Juliet would have been unable to marry Paris, since Roman-Catholics believe that both divorce and bigamy is a sin; ironically however, so is suicide. The entrance of Lord Capulet features an extended metaphor where he compares Juliet to a boat; "Thou counterfeits a bark, a sea, a wind. / For still thy eyes, which I may call the sea, / Do ebb and flow with tears; the bark thy body is / Sailing in this salt flood; the winds, the sighs, / Who, raging with thy tears, and they with them, / Without a sudden calm, will overset / Thy tempest-tossed body." He uses this incredible visual imagery to create a sense that Juliet is small and insignificant. I also think, that since the storm that is but destroying Juliet within the metaphor is of her own creation (her tears are the sea itself, her sighs - the wind) that she is in fact responsible for her own destruction. The length of Lord Capulet's speech also shows that he is the dominant character and that he has the most power. When Lord Capulet asks his wife: "have you delivered our decree?" he is referring to Juliet's proposed marriage to Paris, his vocabulary that he uses implies again that Juliet has no choice in the matter. When Lady Capulet responds "Ay sir, but she will none, she gives you thanks" Lord Capulet is baffled; "Soft, take me with you...bride?" ...read more.


This has led some modern interpreters of the play to believe that it is not at all a tragedy, since Romeo's actions were not caused by a fatal flaw, but were simply the expected cause of action in a situation such as the one that he was in; his choice to kill Tybalt was circumstantial, not characteristic. In conclusion, the deaths of Romeo and Juliet do indeed ultimately unite their feuding households. Their decision to make the greatest sacrifice in order that they may be together forever is one that evokes very different emotions in everybody. In Shakespearean England, people were more likely to be divided in opinion, since men would probably have thought that they perhaps got what they dissevered; women may have been divided further, some being frightened of meeting such an end and therefore obeying moral custom, others would have felt as though they could also make a stand against patriarchal society. Many would have seen Juliet's avoidance of obeying her family as successfully challenging this male dominated way of life. The story of Romeo and Juliet has had a very strong influence on many aspects of life, from literature to other popular culture and of course influencing everyone who either reads or watches an adaptation of this timeless story. Both characters have become symbols of love, teenage struggles, resistance to authority, and doers of the forbidden. Matthew Gatehouse English Literature Coursework ?? ?? ?? ?? Matthew Gatehouse 10�2 English Literature Coursework ...read more.

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