Character Study of Romeo from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Character Study of Romeo from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet In this essay I will be writing a character study of Romeo. It will also be involving a response to dramatic features of the text and showing understanding of the author's language and explain how Romeo will be present to a audience through interpretation of action and language and understanding the literary and theatrical contexts. Shakespeare tightens dramatic tension as he fills the play with oppositions: Montague's versus Capulets, love versus hate, life versus death, and youth versus age. The language of the play reflects these oppositions. Shakespeare fills the play with dramatic irony: characters are unaware of events or of the real meaning of what is said to them. E.g. Tybalt does not know that Romeo has become his Kinsman; Mercutio never learns of Juliet's existence. As Capulet promises Juliet to Paris, the audience knows she is at that moment in bed with Romeo. Most cruelly, Romeo, about to kill himself, is unaware that Juliet lives. Romeo and Juliet are not the conventional characters of tragedy: kings or mighty warriors. They are young, innocent and powerless. The play conveys the sense of loss and waste that is at the heart of all tragedy. It contains a dazzling variety of language registers. Its stylistic divers city can be seen by simply listing a few of its types: lyrical poetry, witty and sophisticated wordplay in both prose and verse, highly patterned rhyme and rhythm, colloquial language literary and classical refere... ... middle of paper ... ... characters. However, the obvious function of the Prologue as introduction to the Verona of Romeo and Juliet can obscure its deeper, more important function. The Prologue does not merely set the scene of Romeo and Juliet; it tells the audience exactly what is going to happen in the play. 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.
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