Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare SHAKESPEARE'S relationship to the Lord Chamberlain's Men seems to have involved the production of a couple of new plays every year. Broadly speaking, he provided them with a comedy and a tragedy (or historical play) for every season. The companion pieces to the two lyrical comedies are two no less lyrical tragedies, Romeo and Juliet and Richard II. While the detailed chronology of the four pieces is still unclear, it is generally agreed that they form a distinct group in Shakespeare's canon. The title page of the first quarto edition of Romeo and Juliet (1597) describes the play as 'An excellent conceited tragedy'.
Culture is consistently in flux, yet there seems to have been a handful of literary figures that have remained to become a constant presence in American culture. Shakespeare is one of these figures. Even though, Shakespeare was a product of England, American embraced him for his style, moral commentary, the importance of the individual, and the ability to control one’s destiny. In the nineteenth century Shakespeare reached new levels of popularity in every social economical group and became engrained in the American culture. Audiences became intimate with Shakespeare’s work, which allowed performers to take liberties and weave in other popular entertainment of the day as well as humor into their presentation.
The characters in Shakespeare 's play are very well though through with their actions, the way each speaks and their roles within the main plot. Shakespeare 's well structure writing starts at the very beginning and continues all throughout the play, making it a great literary work. It is easy to say that the structure of Hamlet is held up by the characteristics of the characters in the play. The structure of the play would be completely different, the characters, their actions and motives would be entirely different if Claudius had not killed old King Hamlet because the whole play is stemmed from that action. William Shakespeare 's play Hamlet is very well structured, making it a great literary
Shakespeare’s works are broken up into four periods that span from 1595-1613, and each contains a new writing style. These each depict different events that were happening at the time. During the first period, up to 1595, Shakespeare wrote extravagant plays such as Romeo and Juliet and used older plays as a basis for his work. In his second writing period, from 1595-1601, Shakespeare focused more on histories like Henry IV. The third period, 1601-1608, contained comedies and tragedies such as Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and Macbeth.
Edward de Vere the premier Earl of Oxford is not only considered a great poet in history, but he may also be the great playwright who concocted the sonnets and plays which are now attributed to William Shakespeare of Stratford, England. Edward de Vere was the Lord Great Chamberlain and the seventeenth Earl of Oxford. He was raised as a Royal Ward and from a very young age was educated in the sports and arts of nobility. Although disgraceful for a nobleman to waste time writing frivolous plays, Oxford as a young man wrote and staged the entertainment for the court. As an adult, he became engrossed in theatrical performances and frittered away his fortunes in support of several writers and actors (Friedman 13).
He also studied at Gray’s Inn where many plays took place. Edward was very good at writing plays and his contacts with Queen Elizabeth and The Earl of Southapton were very helpful with getting his plays out and public. The name William Shakespeare was just a pen name that was used by Edward De Vere to cover up his identity because playwriting was “beneath the dignity of nobility. Powerful people, like Lord Burghley, and even Queen Elizabeth, would have been embarrass... ... middle of paper ... ...are there would have been an increase in popularity of his plays. Very little is known about Shakespeare, this is another reason why the Oxfordian theory is believed by many.
In Shakespeare’s early plays, they were more written in the traditional and conventional style. However Shakespeare was always innovative and tried to attempt to adapt the traditional style to his own purposes (“William Shakespeare Biography”). From some classics such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Richard II written in the late 16 century, we can find that Shakespeare’s writing style gradually developed and changed from the traditional form to a more self-expressive style. The Soliloquy or monologue was also a common device that Shakespeare used to tell his stories, and this soliloquy served to reveal the character’s thoughts. For example, there is a well-known sentence monologue in the play “Hamlet”, “To be or not to be, that is a question.” We seem to be brought into the protagonist’ mind and feel much clearer about the setting and plot.
Act 1 Scene 1 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Introduction of Key Themes William Shakespeare is known worldwide as a playwright. His plays are used for both entertainment and educational purposes, all over the world. Shakespeare was born in 1564 in Stratford Upon Avon. Shakespeare is commonly known as 'gentle Shakespeare' from the way he writes and conducts his plays: tender, often amused but always sympathetic. This has attracted a range of audiences, which come along with different expectations and different views.
The history plays were popularized by the University wits during this time. Shakespeare's professional rivalry with these dramatists like Marlowe, Greene and others made him try his hand in this field. These plays were also known as chronicle plays as they were based upon the English Chronicles of Raphael Holinshed and others. The history plays were more realistic than the other plays of Shakespeare ... ... middle of paper ... ...idents and characters for simplification and dramatic effect. The plays were intended as mirrors for the Elizabethan society into the intricacies of politics.
Although Shakespeare did in many ways copy Brook’s ideas, he developed them and gave them his own style of writing and edge. But this idea of copying and using other’s ideas, no matter how substantial or subtl... ... middle of paper ... ...ng with the theme of death and love, ‘now old desire doth in his death-bed lie.’ William Shakespeare’s immense success with Romeo and Juliet is due to the fact that the two themes love and hate compliment each other and collide giving the play, drama, excitement, tragedy and suspense. This has been recognised in years since and the idea of star-crossed lovers and fated love has been used time and time again in films, musicals e.g. West Side Story, and even soaps. Its an idea that is popular with both young and old which is why Romeo and Juliet managed to remain fresh in people’s minds two centuries later, with modern adaptations and performances taking place still even today.