Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Four hundred years ago, William Shakespeare wrote The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, a popular play that continues to capture the imagination and emotions of people around the world. The drama portrays the passionate, violent and often desperate lives of the youth of Verona. Even today, the tragedy resembles a blueprint of the problems that the adolescents of the twentieth century must face each day. In this play, Shakespeare explores the pitfalls of young love and the consequences they receive from their actions. The opening scene of any play is extremely important because it can play a major role in establishing key elements throughout the rest of the performance. The main elements are the characters, themes, language, settings and plot. The audience can form a basic idea of these elements involved to spark their interest in the play. At the end of an opening scene the audience have usually had an insight into the typical mood and language of the play. It also enables the viewers to have a taster of the style of the author's writing. In Elizabethan England, when Shakespeare's first plays were being shown, the language in the opening scenes was particularly important. The plays were shown in open-air theatres, with no props, lighting and scenery and therefore the main factor, which could keep the audience interested, was the language. The opening of any play is always the most critical time. If a dramatist can't grasp an audience's attention in the first ten minutes, it's unlikely that he/she will succeed in holding it for the duration of the performance. The first thing that appears in... ... middle of paper ... ...nlike the prologue this is a more original sonnet as it is based about love. Within this sonnet there are rhyming couplets which also describe love. Shakespeare does this to clearly display that the couple are falling in love and from this we think that Tybalt will suddenly lash out at Romeo if he discovers this. Romeo also uses religious imagery to describe his love for Juliet, he does this because he thinks that their love is pure and perfect and that he believes in Juliet as much as his faith. The more that Romeo talks about his love for Juliet the more we start to feel sorry for him because he does still not yet know that Juliet is a Capulet, that her cousin wishes to kill him and that in fact she is due to marry Paris. It seems that their love for each other at this point would only cause harm or even death.
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