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How does William Shakespeare evoke sympathy for the character Juliet in the play "Romeo and Juliet" In Elizabethan times, it was essential to obtain the audience's attention or the audience would lose. One way of obtaining the audiences attention was to evoke sympathy for characters of the play; so the characters create an emotional bond between them and the audience. It was important that Shakespeare use this technique because in Elizabethan times the crowd would talk amongst themselves if they was bored. The Elizabethan theatre (also known as The Globe) was very popular in its time as it only cost one penny at the curtain in 1590, with the best seats available for three pence. The audience at The Globe were socially mixed, although the gentry would have expected the players to come to them and the very poor would not of been able to even spare a penny. Shakespeare was writing in different times - The Elizabethan times. Shakespeare had to keep the attention of the audience through drama, as the majority of the audience were not as well educated as nowadays. This was when Shakespeare wrote the play "Romeo and Juliet". Shakespeare had to make sure he kept the audience on edge as they were very diverse. The audience at the time enjoyed seeing the rich and wealthy suffer as most of the audience were poor. The prologue introduces the play and informs the audience about the "Star-Cross'd lovers" - Romeo and Juliet but then later goes on to say "death-mark'd love". ...read more.


This is a rhetorical question to get the audience thinking themselves. Juliet would of paused after each question to show the audience she is not sure herself and to give the audience time to think. Then she decides what to do by ending her speech saying "Take all myself". This is very vague as it could be metaphorical or the technique erotic innuendo could be in use. Erotic innuendo is speaking in a sexual way and being vague about it. This is used to show that Juliet has already fallen for Romeo and knows she wants to be with him. In the globe there was no roofing or lights and performances were always during the day so the characters needed to give hints to tell the audience which time of day it was, so Romeo says " I have night's cloak to hide me from their eyes". Now the audience will be aware it is late at night, the sun has gone down. Then the final line that makes you sympathise for Juliet in this scene is when Romeo suggests for them to get married and Juliet says "It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden". Here the audience learn Juliet is not just a love sick teen she is a sensible and respectful young lady so we understand that it is fate that brought these two together and they must have had a purpose. You can see that the comma's in the quote show that there are several pauses to emphasis the confusion and how quickly she is thinking and trying to convince herself that she does not want to be with Romeo. ...read more.


This contrast in the play is to show Capulet was not the character he was described as earlier in the play . The Romeo & Juliet death scene is a tragic one, Juliet pretending to be dead and Romeo not receiving the message goes to see if its true. He arrives and sees for himself and kills himself with poison. Juliet wakes up moments after to find Romeo dead by her side, so she kills herself with Romeo's dagger. Shakespeare uses dramatic timing is used as Juliet wakes up moments after Romeo dies. This would again connote that fate has brought the two together, and it is fate that they would die a tragic death to make the two families realise that they have to put there feud to the side. The audience could not help but feel sympathy for Juliet here as she has tried to be with her husband and there has been a misfortune that Romeo did not get the message telling him. Shakespeare uses many dramatic devices such as: dramatic timing; dramatic irony; dramatic impact all are used to keep his audience involved with the play and want the audience to be wanting to know what happens next. Shakespeare was very popular with the Elizabethan audience as they liked to see the people suffer. That's why Shakespeare had to make the audience's feel sympathy for Juliet. That was a lot harder in Elizabethan times as they were used to seeing people suffer. This was a diverse audience so we would feel a lot more sympathy for the characters that Shakespeare wanted us to feel sorry for. By Alex Garrett ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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