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William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'.

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William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' was written in 1594-1595. Everyone thinks that Romeo and Juliet is a Love Play but in fact it is more about tragedy. A tragedy by definition is 'a play or drama that is serious and sad, and the climax a catastrophe (a situation involving death or suffering)'. The themes love and hate are alternated throughout the entire play. This captures all emotions in all audiences when watching it. The prologue explains the play and explains how two families in Verona have reignited an ancient feud. Two lovers, one from each family, end their lives after trying to flee from their families. "A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life;" These two lovers, from first sight were destined to be together, decided to do whatever it took to be together and ended up taking their lives to be with one another. The death of both families' children compelled the families to end the ancient feud. "Do with their death bury their parent's strife." The Elizabethan audience would adore the thought of the two lovers doing everything possible including dying to be with one another, as they thought the idea of true love and romance is meant to happen and it arouses their interests. The prologue tells part of the play like this as it gives a hint of what is to come, which makes the audience interested in why that is going to happen. This keeps the audience's attention. The prologue has given out a feeling of tragedy to the audience. The words "grudge" "blood" "death bury" "death mark'd" and "rage" all give a feeling of tragedy and a negative atmosphere. The Elizabethan audience believed strongly in fate and superstition, which would make the audience interested more as Shakespeare created this negative superstitious feeling at the beginning of the play. At the start of the play the atmosphere is rather hate filled. Montague and Capulet servants are biting their thumbs at one another (which was essentially a strong insult.) ...read more.


Even though the beginning of this scene seems very happy and ready for a banquet and party there is still the possibility of danger. Romeo, Mercutio, Benvolio and others were entering a Capulet banquet when they themselves were Montagues. Tybalt later realizes and there could have been trouble maybe even fights and death. This opening is funny yet suspicious to the audience. They would most probably be thinking about what would happen if Romeo would be caught. There is also a true undercurrent of death especially with Tybalt's way of speaking, "Turn thee Benvolio, look upon thy death" "What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee" These are quotes from Tybalt, which emphasize the flow of danger throughout as he is constantly talking of fighting and death between the Montagues and the Capulets. Romeo's first speech is very loved filled. It shows that he has true feeling for one certain lady. "What lady's that which doth enrich the hand of yonder knight?" This is a question that needs to be answered for him as he has completely forgotten Rosaline, which was very hard to try and do. "...Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear... ...For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." This speech is filled with appreciation, love, affection, passion, warmth and adoration for a complete stranger. Romeo's feelings have stayed the same, being passionate, but the girl has changed in an instance. Rosaline was his love but upon the sight of this fair one (Juliet) his mind has forgotten Rosaline in place for a new love at first sight. Romeo was making himself ill over Rosaline's love and now in an instant of seeing a beauty like Juliet all that means nothing. Romeo is very fickle over love. The theme in this first part of the play is love as Romeo was in love and moaning over his depressed state over Rosaline and now he is talking about Juliet ...read more.


Shakespeare is giving his audience a range of emotions one after another. After the passionate speech of Romeo's focusing on the beauty of Juliet he goes on to the violent talk of fighting and death by Tybalt. The arguments and negative speech of Tybalt changes the mood to hate straight away. The audience would be in a state of hate. Tybalt has only ever spoke about death and fighting in the play so far. Shakespeare is getting the audience to make assumptions about the main characters. So far the audience know that Romeo is very romantic and very well governed, so they would think that he is a very nice young man and deserves being treated well. Tybalt is all about fighting and death, he argues with his elders, therefore the audience aren't going to like him and think of him as wrong and evil. This judgment of the characters will then help the audience in feeling more emotions later on in the play. The main characters are speaking in either blank verse or rhyming couplets. This is more effective in getting the audiences attention in what they are saying. When Tybalt and Capulet were arguing the sentences used grew shorter and more snappy to create a feel of anger and rage. The pace would have got quicker as short sentences create quicker speeches. At the end of act 1 scene 5 love is the theme and it is the climax of the love theme. Romeo meets Juliet. The first speech that Romeo and Juliet make to each other is a sonnet. It is a love poem of 14 lines with a regular rhyming pattern. This speech is describing in romantic detail the kiss that is to follow shortly, they share this sonnet. These two characters share this sonnet as it gives out an effect that they share their love, finishing each others poem, and it would give out a certain feel towards the audience, in this love poem. ...read more.

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