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Scene 1 Romeo and Juliet - how does Shakespeare keep the audience interested?

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The story Romeo and Juliet is a Tragi-love genre. This means that the story is a tragic love story about 'A pair of star-crossed lovers who take their life' which means that their love was never meant to be, and that both of them die which makes the audience more interested in the play and hooks you more 'From forth the fatal lions Of these two foes' Romeo and Juliet are the two children of either side of two feuding families, who fall in love. A line in the prologue, which is quite misleading, is "In fair Verona" which leads the audience to believe that the play is going to take place in a quiet, beautiful city but in fact is the setting of a tragic love tale that leads to the death of both young, innocent children. The prologue at the beginning of the play lets you know that the play is going to be a romantic love tale, with misfortunes and death. Shakespeare aims to hook the audience with the prologue to keep them interested in the play, which is very effective. People seem to have a curiosity with death, and people seem become more involved and interested in plays and books that involve death and suffering. The mood of most of the play is quite sad with Romeo's best friend dying, Mercutio, when he tries to defend Romeo. When Romeo is then banished from the city and the love of Romeo and Juliet is thought to come to an end, but the most moving part of the play is he finally when both the young lovers commit suicide of each others 'deaths'. ...read more.


Dancing in Elizabethan society was a big thing. If you couldn't dance you were the social outcast, and looked down upon by everyone else and dancing was the main event at every party and function. To be noticed you had to dance well not sit and talk. Shakespeare has changed the audience's mood from sad and dull after finding out about Romeo's preminition, to a party mood to lead the audience into a false sense of security about the story. While the party is in full swing Romeo's speech about is fate is unfolding in front of their eyes but the audience do not see this. When Romeo first sees Juliet he is astounded by her beauty and Romeo says he fall instantly in love with her. Did my heart love till now! Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night Romeo says that he has never felt like this before and that his love for her is like nothing he has ever felt or loved before. He is overwhelmed with her beauty. o, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! The fire represents Romeo's lust and passion for Juliet, but while he says his love for her is like a fire, claiming every nerve in his body as it passes, but fire is also dangerous which also represents and reminds the audience of the impeding death of two young lovers. It makes the audience think of an ending for the two young innocent lovers who do not deserve such a timely death and captivates the audience more. ...read more.


In this scene Shakespeare has shown many different emotions to try and keep the audience interested and involved in his play, I think these were his main aims in all his plays so that people enjoyed them and came back to see more. Shakespeare used dramatic speech's, such as Romeo's premonition, to try and get the audience to think ahead and try and guess what is going to happen and then they want to know what is going to happen and why it will happen. Shakespeare also used rhyming couplets to great effect which also involves the audience more in the play, when a rhyming couplet was used the audience would be able to guess the last few words were going to be and would maybe say them aloud, and if they were right they would fell happy and proud and maybe become more involved in the play itself trying to guess other lines. I think that Shakespeare was trying to show that when people and families argue things can go wrong and that one tragic event can lead to another maybe resulting in the death of someone totally innocent who did not deserve to die. Shakespeare always tried to involve his audience's greatly in his plays to try and get his message across and let people enjoy his work so they would come back for more. Matthew Gailer 11M2 English Coursework Romeo and Juliet What dramatic effect does Shakespeare Aim for in this scene? ...read more.

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