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With Close Reference to Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 1-101, and Act 5, Scene 3, Lines 44-End. Comment on how Shakespeare attempts to create dramatic impact on his audience. Refer to Action, Characters and the way in which language is used to create effect.

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With Close Reference to Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 1-101, and Act 5, Scene 3, Lines 44-End. Comment on how Shakespeare attempts to create dramatic impact on his audience. Refer to Action, Characters and the way in which language is used to create effect. Possibly the most famous love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet was written by William Shakespeare and was first performed in 1595. Romeo and Juliet started off as an Italian folk tale. There was also a poem that Shakespeare used, written by Arthur Brooks in 1562. Shakespeare then converted this into a play. Set in the town, Verona, Italy "Romeo & Juliet" is set in the time when Italy was incredibly wealthy and feuds were quite common. Shakespeare takes this tale and turns it into an intensely dramatic piece of drama. Shakespeare does this by using "dramatic impact" to mystify the audience and take them through a range of emotions towards the play and the characters alike. I aim to prove this by paying specific attention to Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 1-101 with the fight with the Capulets and Montagues. I will be comparing it with Act 5, Scene 3, and Lines 44 to the End. ...read more.

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He explains a lot in his speech to the Montagues and Capulets PRINCE By thee, old Capulet, and Montague, Have thrice disturbed the quiet of our streets, ........ If ever you disturb our streets again, Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the piece. This proves that the feud has been going on for a long time and must be serious if death is the final option. I will now pay specific attention to Act 5, Scene 3, and Lines 44 to the End with the suicide of Romeo and Juliet. I will be making references to other parts of the play to validate my points. I will attempt to reinforce my view that Shakespeare uses action; with each action comes a consequence with many twists and turns in-between. We open with Romeo arriving at the tomb, knocking down the gate with a crowbar. While we are feeling sorry for Romeo, we see trouble brewing as Paris is paying his respects to Juliet. The desperate Romeo acts spontaneously, out of anger and despair and challenges Paris, not knowing this man who stands at his wife's tomb. Paris accepts Romeo's challenge, again misunderstanding Romeo's intensions. Paris, believing that that this man is there to vandalise Juliet's tomb, does not know that Romeo (ironically) is married to Juliet. ...read more.

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With the watchmen arriving, they call for the two feuding As if a repeat of the opening scene the prince enters. The air of authority is evident around him as he demands to know what is going on PRINCE What misadventure is so early up, That calls our person from our morning rest? As if on cue (ironically it is on cue) the Capulets arrive and see what has happened. Again on cue, enter the Montagues. With the turmoil building as we know the tension between the two families, the Friar is brought in and confesses everything. We start to see the joint mourning as the price explains that the deaths could have been avoided if there was not a feud. This could have been linked with the fact that the prince said that if something happened again then they would pay with their lives. The Montagues and Capulets realize their wrongdoing and end the feud. Shakespeare use of dramatic impact is highly important as my point has been proven, each action has a consequence. Even though Romeo and Juliet are dead, the audience are left gloomy there is some good out of it as the feud is ended because of them. This would leave the audience in a state of mixed reactions. ?? ?? ?? ?? William Jones 11O Mr. Jackson ...read more.

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