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The Play By William Shakespeare Romeo And Juliet Could To Be Said To Be Split Into Two Halves A Love Story And A Tragic Love Story: What Dramatic Devices Does Shakespeare employ To Show These Two Sides Of The Play To His Audience?

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The Play By William Shakespeare Romeo And Juliet Could To Be Said To Be Split Into Two Halves A Love Story And A Tragic Love Story: What Dramatic Devices Does Shakespeare employ To Show These Two Sides Of The Play To His Audience? " Romeo and Juliet" is thought to have been written in 1595 or 1596. Shakespeare adapted the story but it is his version that is known to old and young people all over the world. It is a tragic story of forbidden love, which is split into two halves a love story and the tragic love story. The whole episode of Romeo and Juliet's meeting, falling in love, marriage, and tragic end, takes place within five days. In the Prologue we are presented with a brief summary of the play. Strangely, the summary includes mention of the tragic ending. This begs the question " Why?" Why would Shakespeare want us to know the ending before we have even watched or read the play? Nobody knows the actual answer to this but we can make educated guesses. Even though we know what the outcome of the play will be, we still want things to work out for Romeo and Juliet. The Prologue is written as a sonnet, and sonnets were a popular form of poetry in Shakespeare's time. A sonnet has 14 lines with a set rhyme scheme and a fixed rhythm called " iambic pentameter" (di-dum/di-dum/di-dum/di-dum/di-dum). Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. ...read more.

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Tybalt: Nephew to Lady Capulet, he is hateful towards all Montague's, especially Romeo. When he sees Romeo at the Capulet party, his immediate instinct is to fight, but as Capulet warns him, to hold peace at the party, which stopped Tybalt going after Romeo at the party. Romeo in Act III, Scene I, kills Tybalt after he had killed Romeo's friend, Mercutio. Until this point, Tybalt had failed to make Romeo fight, but dies when he finally fights Romeo. Mercutio: Kinsman to the Prince, Mercutio sometimes has a disrespectful manner, especially towards Juliet's nurse. An unlikely source of wisdom, he tells a depressed Romeo to, "Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down" meaning Romeo should be rough with love if it is rough with him, and to regain his enthusiasm for love (Act I, Scene IV, Line 28). Mercutio is killed in Act III, Scene I when he rashly draws his sword on Tybalt who had been trying unsuccessfully to make Romeo fight. He is Famous for the words, "a scratch, a scratch; marry, 'tis enough" which describe his fatal wound by Tybalt, Mercutio's death results in Tybalt's death when Romeo gets revenge because of the death of his friend (Line 98). Benvolio: Nephew to Montague, and friend to Mercutio and Romeo, his role in the play is minor, serving mainly as a friend to Romeo. But he is the one who delivers the news about Juliet. The Classic love story - love at first sight The first part of the play is said to be a love story, first in the play we have the feuding ...read more.

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know that what frier Lawrence is saying is right as do the audience, Shakespeare use this irony again in line 7-8 when it is Romeo is talking to frier Lawrence: Then love-devouring death do what he dare; It is enough I may but call her mine (act 2 scene 6 ll7-8) Romeo is saying that if his and Juliet's love is going to cause their death then they will let death do his worst because their love is very strong and what ever may happen he will still love her and he is going to marry her, this is irony because the audience know that their love will cause them and the people they love to die. Later on in the scene Romeo and Juliet express their love for each other and the frier Lawrence guides them to be married: Come come and we will make short work; For, by your leaves you shall not stay alone Till holy church incorporate two in one. Here the frier Lawrence is saying that he will marry Romeo and Juliet quickly in church with their permission there will become one together. In this scene Shakespeare always uses blank verse and towards the end all the language is gentle and kind both frier Lawrence and Romeos words The tragic love story Although Shakespeare writes a classic love story, which gives the appearance of true love overcoming the barriers, which are placed in its way, he also writes a tragedy. The tragic feature is that the audience have an understanding right from the beginning of the play that things are going to go wrong. ...read more.

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