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What premonitions occur in the play Romeo and Juliet?What is the dramatic effect of each and how would you present them effectively on stage?

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Amanda Rogers 10J GCSE English Coursework What premonitions occur in the play Romeo and Juliet? What is the dramatic effect of each and how would you present them effectively on stage? In my essay I will be studying the play Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare in 1595. I will be discussing the premonitions that occur within the play and their dramatic effect upon the other storyline, the other characters and an audience watching the play. The play dramatizes the fate of two young lovers whose tragic deaths occur due to feuding between their families. The play tells the story of how fate bought them together and the path it takes. This Shakespeare play is written in the genre of tragedy. Structures involving love and death and personal experiences are used in Shakespeare's form of writing tragic plays. And Romeo and Juliet is written in verse, as many of Shakespeare's plays are. The Capulet family consist of Juliet, Capulet (her father), Lady Capulet (her mother), Tybalt (her cousin), Juliet's nurse, Peter (the nurse's servant) and Sampson, Gregory and Clown (Capulet's servants). The Montague family consist of Romeo, Montague (his father), Lady Montague (his mother), Benvolio (his friend) ...read more.


Juliet would have an excited but nerved expression on her face and I think Romeo would have a happy expression on his face, but a sense of feeling incomplete as he knows what he wants but Juliet is still unsure, although she does agree toward the end of their conversation. The third premonition takes place in Act 2 - scene 6. Friar Lawrence is talking to Romeo before he marries him to Juliet. ' These violent delights have violent ends, And in their triumph die like fire and powder, Which as they kiss consume. The sweetest honey Is loathsome in his own deliciousness. And in taste confounds the appetite. Therefore love moderately, long love doth so; Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.' In this quotation Friar Lawrence explains to Romeo that the delight of their love could end unpleasantly. He talks of how honey is nice but if you eat too much of it, you have no remaining appetite for it. He uses this as a metaphor meaning the couple should moderate their love, so it will last longer and is more special. This quotation tells me Friar Lawrence is in two minds about marrying the couple as he is advising Romeo to wait and take things slower, but he then marries them soon after. ...read more.


I would stage this prediction with Romeo simply talking to Balthasar with a happy expression on his face as if he has received good news, but this will not last as he is abruptly informed that Juliet is dead. I think that these five predictions will not affect a modern day audience as much as it would a Shakespearean audience. As I said before in my introduction fate played an important part of destiny in the Elizabethan era and the five predictions, if noticed would effect a person's expectations of the play. But to a modern day audience, fate does not effect the majority of us in our lives and what is perceived as predictions may just be put down to common sense and reasoning within the characters. I conclude these predictions to be effective in the Era it was written but less effective now. I have read and seen the play performed and hadn't noticed the predictions to play any important role on my perception of the play. In my opinion I think this is a good play, which is written effectively to provoke an audience's thoughts and expectations. The expectation of tragedy is inevitable from the speech made at the beginning of the play by the chorus and our expectation of tragedy through the predictions just makes the inevitability of the play ending tragically stronger. ...read more.

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