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Through the characters of Romeo and Juliet the play explores the complexity of personal and social relationships.

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Romeo and Juliet. Through the characters of Romeo and Juliet the play explores the complexity of personal and social relationships. If you thought of William Shakespeare then almost immediately you would think, what an excellent, talented play writer that he is. But it's not how you may think. Most of his ideas and plots were not actually thought up by his own complex mind. He obtained them from other sources such as stories, plays and even poems like in this case of Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare didn't create the story he modified it from ore traditional versions. Even when Shakespeare came upon this plot it was old then and had been around for hundreds of years. There were many different forms of Romeo and Juliet and people expected nothing of it until the final product was produced. At the time Italian writers were to have been particularly fond of the story especially two versions which were very popular. ...read more.

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He modernised it by only using rhyming couplets vaguely throughout the whole play and also changing the spelling of most words to bring it up to date. For example emotions and expressions are changed to make the play more intriguing and enjoyable to watch. Most importantly though, he created the whole story to be complex and so the audience could be anxious of the future in the play. Involving the character Tybalt more frequently in the play did this. In Brooke's version he was only introduced once so Shakespeare wanted to make the character more developed. He also changed the characters appearances and statuses, for example Juliet's age was change to fourteen from Arthur Brooke's sixteen. Once Shakespeare had found his sources and had got all of his ideas from different versions of the story. Then he could set to work using his own exceptional mind and imagination. ...read more.

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Because this happens it suggests the idea of supernatural forces at work to show that the love between them is immense and real. This is evidence that Romeo could love Juliet more than his rival, Paris. Paris treats Juliet almost as a possession instead of someone who he really loves. Maybe this suggests that he just wants to marry Juliet because of her great beauty instead of what she is really like deep down inside, not just from her appearance and outer shell. To show that Romeo does feel deeply fond of Juliet in many different ways, not just one then he says things to Juliet telling her that she is loved by him and always will be. "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright!" Not just this but he also emphasises her beauty and extremely good looks. "Like a rich jewel..." This has an enormous impact on the audience as they are informed and persuaded that Romeo is the one for Juliet William Hobson 10 RK English-Mr Parkes-Romeo and Juliet ...read more.

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