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Using scenes from the play Romeo and Juliet, show how Shakespeare's use of language and his knowledge of stagecraft maintains the audiences interest

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Using scenes from the play Romeo and Juliet, show how Shakespeare's use of language and his knowledge of stagecraft maintains the audiences interest Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story set in Verona, Italy. Two families, Capulet and Montague are involved in an ancient quarrel from which an ill-fated love blooms, and which even their children's death could not end. It is said that Shakespeare got his inspiration for Romeo and Juliet from a poem written by Arthur Brooke in 1562 called 'The Tragicall Historye ofRomeus and Juliet' however he may have also read the 'istoria novellamente ritrivata di dui nobili amanti' which translates to 'a story newly found of two noble lovers' which was written by luigi da Porto in 1530-1550 in which the lovers are named Romeo and Giulietta and the two families are called Montecchi and Capelletti. There is a friar Lorenz, and he invented Marcuccio and Thebaldo. Also in this story Romeo goes disguised as a nymph to a carnival ball at his enemy's house in the hope of seeing a lady who scorns his love. The lovers meet often at Giulietta's balcony until one night, when it is snowing Romeo begs admittance to her room. After this point it follows the same story line as Shakespeare. However da Porto has Giulietta commit suicide by holding her breath. Shakespeare did not use the original story for this because it would be known already, so he adapted it so people would be interested to see how he interpreted the story. ...read more.

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The setting of this scene is also important because it creates tension. They are fighting in a public place but there are not many people around and if there had been more would have been done to stop the fight and the death of mercutio and tybalt In this scene there is not a lot of language techniques used but those that are all help to create a threatening atmosphere when the fight takes place and for the consequences afterwards. In act 3 scene 5 Romeo has spent the night at Juliet's consummating their marriage. Their parting is interrupted by the nurse, warning them that Juliet's mother is coming. When lady Capulet, does arrive she tells Juliet the news of her arranged marriage to Paris. In this scene there is an immense use of imagery e.g. act 3 scene 5 line 7-10 "... Look love, what envious streaks do lace the severing clouds in yonder East. Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops" Romeo is entranced by the thought of even the sun being happy for he and Juliet after their marriage and the happy nature imagery is of even the sun ("jocund day") playing about on tiptoe on the tops of the distant mountains. However, in contrast to this there is also tension in this scene. Tension is initially created through Romeo and Juliet's discussion about leaving one another. Leaving in daylight will be disastrous for Romeo as he has been banished and will be put to death if seen in Verona again "/ must be gone and live, or stay and die." ...read more.

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He uses far less imagery than Paris; his main comparison being that death is like a monster keeping her there to be his love and Romeo's mourning is far more intense, to the point where he actually takes his own life: 'Eyes look your last! Arms, take your last embrace! And, lips, Oyou the doors of breath; seal with a righteous kiss a dateless bargain to engrossing death!' There is absolute determination that he will die with her and that they belong together, whereas Paris was merely there to express his respect for the lady that should have been his wife. When Romeo and Paris encounter each other they fight and Paris is killed. When Romeo has slain Paris he has a very long soliloquy in which he expresses his undying love for Juliet and says his last words to her. This helps to show you just how sad the character is in this scene and how much he really loved Juliet. In this there is a mistake because Romeo says "Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks " But the friar said earlier that "the roses in thy lips and cheeks shall fade " so is Juliet already recovering or is this just a mistake? This might be said as malapropisms. Shakespeare maintains his audience's interest by using popular language techniques like imagery and puns to capture the audience's attention. He holds on to this by farther use of language but also use of tension and other feelings to make you want to find out more. I think his techniques were very effective and could be used in other forms of writing as well. ...read more.

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