ROMEO AND JULIET COURSE WORK
In Shakespearian time’s plays and theaters was the ‘fashionable’ tradition; they attracted people from all across the country to view them, from the nobles in the higher families to the average citizen whom lived a simple life. But there was one writer who particularly stood out from the rest, his name, William Shakespeare.
In this essay I shall be writing about one of his more famous plays, Romeo and Juliet and about the way Shakespeare grasped his audience with just the introduction of his plays, more commonly known as the prologue.
PROLOGUE: Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life;
Whole misadventure piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents’ strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark’d love,
And the continuance of their parents’ rage,
Which, but their children’s end naught could remove,
Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
First of all we have to remember that at theaters there were to be refreshments to stop people from moving about or having to disturb people whilst the plays were being acted. And probably the most favorite one was beer. And we all know what happens once you take a glass too many, you turn drunk. Now lets say that the majority of the viewers were drunk and they started to turn more aggressive on the other hand they found things to be more entertaining. Now Shakespeare had to use this to his advantage in order to keep his play entertaining and still running. So by using a prologue Shakespeare told the whole story in fourteen lines without spoiling and over doing things. The next method that was applied is that each new sentence begins a different topic, moving the audience gradually through the storyline of the play avoiding confusion this turned out to be very effective.
Imagery in King Lear (King-Lear) In the immense amount of writing that William Shakespeare had done in his career as a playwright and or writer in general there are bound to become consistencies and reoccurring themes that make his writing so popular and interesting. In many cases it is hard to tell whether the thematic structure that many writers follow is intentional or not, but it is possible ...
Which comes to my next topic, scene one. Now this is the very first scene. If Shakespeare did not get this scene right he would have lost his audience provided that it was a gamble to start with. Now from the very start you can get a vague idea so much so that you can tell that something big is going to happen considering the fact they are carrying swords ‘Enter SAMPSON and GREGORY, of the house of Capulet, armed with swords and bucklers.’