Shakespeare succeeds in meeting these expectations by including several parallels in his performance. Parallels are events that foreshadow a later, more tragic incident of the play and are used to add suspense even in act 1 to create a sense of foreboding and tragedy. In a classic, tragic tradition, Shakespeare highlights the main characters by naming the play Romeo and Juliet. Therefore the audience are aware of who the main characters are, who will lose their lives, at the beginning of the play. Before these two characters are introduced, the audience find themselves becoming impatient to meet them.
First Act of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare interests his audience through showing the universal theme of love and conflict. He uses different grammatical devices to demonstrate this. The first time the audience encounter the protagonists is in the prologue. The prologue reveals to the audience the conflict that is taking place between the Capulet's and the Montague's. The prologue also states that Romeo and Juliet are also doomed.
Shakespeare shows both the excitement and the dangers of first love using a range of structure and language devices to show how each character feels. He uses a wide range of metaphors to describe Romeo’s thoughts of Juliet and structures the play full of opposites and contrasts to show the light of love and the darkness of death and violence. In Act 1 Scene 5, Romeo and Juliet first meet each other in the party. This is a significant scene in the play as this is the start of the event that ultimately leads to their demise. When Romeo first see Juliet, his excitement shows through the imagery he uses to emphasise how much her beauty contrasts with the other people in the room.
As the audience are already aware the lovers are going to die it will create high levels of anxiety and dramatic irony. The moral of the play is made clear by the chorus ‘the continuance of their parent’s rage, which but their children’s ends’, nought could remove’. It needs something as drastic as their children’s death to end the feud between Capulet and Montague. Shakespeare devises action and events to emphasise the inevitability of the lover’s deaths. As Romeo makes his way to the Capulet ball he has a premonition that this will be the start if a chain of events, which will lead to an ‘untimely death’ ‘for my mind misgives some consequence, yet hanging in the stars’ The Elizabethan audience would have strongly believed in predestination, and there was no way Romeo could escape his premature death.
What if he hadn't let his emotions (especially rage) control him? In the prologue, the chorus announces, "A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life." The audience is quick to figure out that he means Romeo and Juliet, but they wonder why Shakespeare has just declared the ending at the beginning of the play. I think this is because he is implying to the audience that fate has control over their lives and there is no way to interfere with what has been set for them. This also sets the scene and the audience can now see the play from a new perspective as what they know is revealed before them.
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Firstly Shakespeare's stagecraft helps to convey the dramatic importance of act three scene one. This scene is in the middle of the play and is a pivotal point as it creates a contrast between the first and the second part of the play. In this scene Marcutio and the Montagues quarrel with the Capulets. Romeo arrives to the scene married to Juliet but before he can tell his good news a fatal brawl breaks out between Tybalt and Marcutio. It becomes dangerous when swards are drawn which results in the death of Romeos cousin Marcutio.
The Prologue refers to an ill-fated couple with its use of the word "star-crossed," which means, literally, against the stars. Stars were thought to control people's destinies. But the Prologue itself creates this sense of fate by providing the audience with the knowledge that Romeo and Juliet will die even before the play has begun. The audience therefore watches the play with the expectation that it must full fill the terms set in the Prologue. The structure of the play itself is the fate from which Romeo and Juliet cannot escape.
This essay will dwell into the mind of the great playwright, investigating the ideas, and analysing the ... ... middle of paper ... ... if someone had acted in just a slightly different manner or arrived just a moment earlier/later. The results of all these events can be blamed directly on fate. In the end, this action packed scene delivers a punch because it is the first instance where we are reminded of the tragedy of the young star-crossed lovers. The banishment of Romeo ensures that Romeo will return to Verona to get Juliet, and by doing this, he will fulfil the Prince's prophecy of payment by blood. When Mercutio shouts out "a plague a' both your houses", the audience is reminded again that all the events in the play will lead to its inevitable conclusion, when the death of Romeo and Juliet will cause grief and misery to both the houses, and where the joint mourning helps to unite both the families, and acts as a fitting conclusion to the play.
Act 3 scene 1 changes the feeling of the play as it turns a tail of romance and love to one of tragedy and despair. The scene allows us to realize to an extent the depth of the hatred between the two families the Montagues and Capulets. We also are shown how that hatred leads to bloodshed of both a member of one of the families, and of a person from neither family, let alone the banishing of Romeo. It is important to analyse the scene carefully and extract out of it, the material that gives the piece its drama and excitement and moreover what is in it that makes it so important to the play Romeo and Juliet in general? Firstly we should consider what has brought the play up to this point and what actions have already been taken that would lead to a conclusion of the likes in this scene.
The whole act is revolved around whether or not Romeo & Juliet will escape their fate. “The fearful passage of their death marked love.” This quote indicates Shakespeare way of telling the audience that the two lovers will die. He successfully uses the language of love later on in the play and suggests love will overcome the obstacles in their way. However, as the play goes on, the story unfolds and it becomes visible that it is no ordinary love story. It is a matter of life or death.