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With reference to the play, examine the way in which Shakespeare uses dramatic devices to engage the interest of the audience in the fate of Romeo and Juliet and develops the concept that they are not in control of their own destiny.

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework Question With reference to the play, examine the way in which Shakespeare uses dramatic devices to engage the interest of the audience in the fate of Romeo and Juliet and develops the concept that they are not in control of their own destiny. The prologue of the Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet is written in the form of a sonnet. This means it has 14 lines in one stanza. It is written in pentameter as it has ten syllables for each line. The rhyme scheme for the first 12 lines in the prologue is quatrains, the first set of four lines have the rhyme scheme ABAB, the next set of four lines is CDCD and the last set of four lines has the rhyme scheme EFEF. The last set of two lines is a rhyming couplet, this change is to show a change of mood. The prologue tells us that the play takes place in Verona and the basic story, two lovers from two feuding families the Capulets and the Montagues, that in the end they both die and the play lasts for two hours. ...read more.

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The speech also shows balance, between the fighting and the people of Verona wanting peace. The speech also shows the power of the prince above the normal people and the lords. "You men, you beasts, that quench the fire of your pernicious rage - stop fighting now if ever you disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the price of the peace." This quote shows Shakespeare's first use of an oxymoron. When you first meet Romeo after the fight he is grieving because the person who he loves has rejected him and has said that she will never love a man. This shows many more uses of oxymoron for example "Here's much to do with hate, but more to do with love: Why them, o brawling love, o loving hate." Romeo at this point in the play is feeling sad and unloved because of Rosaline and he keeps talking about the balance between love and hate, this is also foreshadowing of the events that will follow. He says that as Rosaline doesn't love him he's already dead but we know that he really will be dead in four days because of the Prologue. ...read more.

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His dream draws a fine line between comical and digressive. For example one minute he is talking about things that are relatively pleasant for example "Is love a tender thing? Is it too rough, too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like a thorn". Then the next minute he is talking about Queen Mab who makes people see what they really are in a dream for example a soldier is someone who deals death. They go to the party anyway and the consequences of this are Mercutio, Romeo's and Juliet's death. Romeo and Juliet's first meeting was a complete accident as Romeo should have not been at the party. They see each other through the fish tank in the bathroom first and they make their way out of the bathroom and meet outside the door. This meeting triggers the hate between the two families as Tybalt decides to have a duel with Romeo the next morning. Mercutio and Benvolio don't know about Romeo and Juliet's meetings so they are concerned about were he is going but they leave him anyway. This is the first appearance of the dramatic device soliloquy, which is when the audience knows more than some of the characters. Romeo goes to try and find Juliet and ends up talking to her on her ...read more.

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