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When Shakespeare Wrote ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Who Do You Think He Would Expect The Audience For The Tragedy Of Romeo and Juliet?

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When Shakespeare Wrote 'Romeo and Juliet' Who Do You Think He Would Expect The Audience For The Tragedy Of Romeo and Juliet? For hundreds of years people have debated who is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, to this day there is still no answer to this question and after reading the play I found that there is a just reason for this, there are many different events that happen and so the blame can not all be put onto one person, this means different people have different ideas on who was to blame. I am going to investigate who I think Shakespeare would have expected the audience to blame when he wrote the play 'Romeo and Juliet', after reading the play I am aware that there are many things and people that may be partially to blame. Vast numbers of people may argue with this and say that only one thing was to blame, one of the main arguments put forward is that of them being star cross'd lovers and the idea of fate and were controlled by destiny as described in the prologue, although this is a very good point I think that when Romeo discovered that Juliet was a Capulet and when Juliet discovered Romeo was a Montague they should have decided to leave each other alone, this would have avoided the entire experience and saved four lives. ...read more.

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I do not think this is so and I am quite convinced that Shakespeare was not using these references as a warning. Another element that plays a huge part in Romeo and Juliet is the phenomenal number of coincidences that occur. The first of these that is apparent is the illiterate Capulet servant asking Romeo and his friends about the guest list for the Capulet Ball, "quote about Capulet ball guests" This is extremely coincidental, if this had not happened Romeo would not have gone in search of Rosaline and would have never met Juliet. The second of the large number of coincidences in 'Romeo and Juliet' is the arrival of Paris to Lord Capulet to ask for Juliet's hand in marriage the same day Romeo and Juliet get married, this destroyed the Friar's attempt to try and end the feud. In Act 1 Scene 3 Juliet is surprised to discover that her marriage is being arranged, this must have been a enormous unhappiness for Juliet to be told this on the day she is due to wed Romeo. This happens in Act? Scene?, "Quote about being told about marrying Paris" Had the play taken space over a longer period of time something could have been done to rectify the problem with Paris, this is something I will investigate later. ...read more.

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One reference is from Friar Laurence, in Act 2 Scene 3 Friar Laurence warns Romeo against how quickly he fell in and out of love. "quote about falling in and out of love too fast" The inclusion of Friar Laurence's warning to Romeo may have been a warning from Shakespeare that something should have been done at this point, on the other hand it may have been another element which Shakespeare could use to persuade the audience to believe that nothing could have been done to stop the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Throughout 'Romeo and Juliet' Shakespeare seems to make mistakes in his timing, this was certainly done accidentally whilst Shakespeare was attempting to compress time. "mistakes in timings" The reasons for Shakespeare compressing time is very important in the story of Romeo and Juliet. The main reason for Shakespeare compressing time is simply that if this had not been done other events could have occurred that would have stopped or reduced the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet's deaths. There are many elements in Romeo and Juliet that influence who or what I think was to blame, before investigating the aspects in 'Romeo and Juliet' that were likely to influence the audience I was of the opinion that Romeo and Juliet were to blame as ultimately they were in control of their actions. ...read more.

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