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Theaudience in 'Romeo and Juliet'

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The audience in 'Romeo and Juliet' 'Romeo and Juliet' has been described as a groundbreaking play. In what ways does the play challenge the views of an Elizabethan audience and how does Shakespeare engage the audience's sympathies. William Shakespeare wrote many groundbreaking plays, one of which was 'Romeo and Juliet'. This play is full of love, hate and tension. Two star-crossed lovers, destined not to be together struggle to trick fate and keep their love burning. This remarkable play based on many themes taken to the extreme, such as the idea of fate and fortune, emotions, and family feuding, plays around with the audience's feelings and emotions. Shakespeare cleverly induces tension that keeps the audience on edge, embeds empathy to sit on the audience's heartstrings as you sympathise with the characters. Those themes mentioned, regularly reinforce themselves throughout the play to absorb the audience's attention and keep them visibly on the edge of their seat, encaptured in 'Romeo and Juliet' thus bringing entertainment into Elizabethan life. As said, the themes, particularly fate and fortune, have been strongly thrust upon the audience. Fate and fortune, a common theme, link all the acts together in this play. ...read more.


The amount of bad luck the couple receive is considerable -Firstly, their families hate each other greatly: - "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny" (Prologue, line 3) Secondly, the fact that Romeo just happened to meet Juliet at Capulet's party. There were so many people there that it was pure coincidence that the Montague meets and fall in love with a Capulet of a similar age. Also because he was trying to forget about Rosaline perhaps that is also why he fell so deeply in love with Juliet. But also, their parents not letting the pair even see each other seems incredibly harsh for today's standards. But maybe in Elizabethan times it might not have been so harsh for high-class families and for middle or lower-class families watching the play, it may have seemed callous not letting lovers meet. Then, in Act 3 Scene 5 Juliet is ordered to marry Paris, a charming young man in her parent's eyes. But to her, he is just another man. She loves Romeo so dearly that she would rather die than marry Paris. "Delay this marriage for a month, a week, Or if you do not, make the bridal bed In that dim monument where Tybalt lies." ...read more.


She, of course, detests her father's plans and here begins the ill-tempered acts that follow through the play. All the way through the play the audience and reader empathise with Romeo and Juliet, thinking, 'wouldn't that be utterly awful if that was me'. This play has been described as being 'groundbreaking' and has challenged any audience's views in countless ways. One of them is because in the Elizabethan times the church was very important and it was thought of as being second best to the Queen. But in 'Romeo and Juliet', the church (Friar Lawrence) committed sin by lying to the Capulets while helping Juliet deceive her parents through giving her the 'death' potion. This is also encouraging her to lie to her parents, which is in all ways wrong in those days. You would have to agree with your parents, full stop and with no fuss, and you were not to argue ever. If you were an Elizabethan child you would have to do exactly what your parents told you to do without a second thought. All in all, 'Romeo and Juliet' is definitely a groundbreaking play and challenges all the views of the audience while dancing on their heartstrings. ...read more.

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