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Show how Shakespeare builds up the audience's sympathy for Romeo

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Romeo and Juliet Show how Shakespeare builds up the audience's sympathy for Romeo "Then I defy you, stars" This is Romeo's reaction to hearing Juliet is dead, he wishes to control his own fate after having so much bad luck -the bad luck (fate) he has is one way Shakespeare builds up sympathy for him. Before Romeo comes into the play the audience feels sympathy for Romeo because of what the chorus and Montague say about him. What others say about Romeo is an important technique in building up sympathy; Shakespeare lays the foundations for the audience to feel sympathy later on by using this. A couple of times in the play dramatic irony produces sympathy when Romeo feels compelled to do something. The change in the imagery Romeo uses shows his true feelings, as he becomes more definite the audience are more sympathetic when things go wrong. These are the points I am going to discuss. An idea of fate or the stars controlling everything first appears in the prologue, "A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life: Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows Doth with their death bury their parents' strife." Here it seems as if they exist only to end their parents quarrel, this would make the audience sympathetic for their plight. In the first scene there are many points to comment on. ...read more.


O loving hate! O anything of nothing first create" The last scene shows he is very definite and focused about what he is going to do, he isn't confused anymore "I still will stay with thee, And never from this palace of dim night Depart again." Here he is sincere, not so selfish and is unhappy about Juliet. This drastic alteration in his feelings creates sympathy for Romeo because as his language changes the audience know he is sincere and are sympathetic because of what happens to him. At the party it is shown that Romeo is respected in Verona, by what Capulet says of Romeo, "A bears him like a portly gentleman And, to say truth, Verona brags of him To be a virtuous and well governed youth" Praise indeed, when coming from his greatest enemy, and because it comes from his greatest enemy it is all the more powerful in persuading the audience that Romeo isn't a reckless person and wouldn't go looking for a fight which produces sympathy later on when he seems to be forced to fight. Romeo again shows how clever he is with words and imagery at the party "My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss." Although here it is not clear whether he is being serious at this point. ...read more.


On top of that, Romeo hears from the Friar that his punishment is banishment, when he would rather die for his crime. He laments about this a lot, "There is no world without Verona walls, But purgatory, torture, hell itself." "'Tis torture, and not mercy. Heaven is here, Where Juliet lives;" He attempts to commit suicide (he didn't for Rosaline when he couldn't be with her) but is prevented by the Friar, I think this shows that Romeo is serious about his love for Juliet and because of this and the banishment the audience feel pity for Romeo. The Friar decreases sympathy by what saying Romeo is a fool and is overreacting, "Thy Juliet is alive" "Tybalt would kill thee, But thou slew'st Tybalt; there art thou happy." In the penultimate scene he again mentions fate, "Then I defy you, stars" This shows his frustration at fate controlling him and his wish to control his own fate, though by doing what he does he plays into fates hands, by fulfilling the prophecy from the chorus. In the final scene Romeo kills himself because he thinks Juliet is dead, the audience knows she isn't and the irony produces pity. By killing himself, Romeo completes fates goal in bringing the two families together with death. In all Shakespeare evokes a lot of sympathy in different ways and different interpretations of his words create different emotions from the audience, he introduces different techniques to emphasise the main theme of fate. Samuel Hayes-English Course work-Romeo and Juliet ...read more.

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