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Discuss Briefly The Plot Of Romeo And Juliet, When It Was Set And What Genre Of Shakespeare Play It Is

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Romeo and Juliet is a play written in 1597 by William Shakespeare. The play is a romantic tragedy about two star-crossed lovers who fall deeply in love with eachother despite being from opposing families; Romeos family the Montagues and Juliets family the Capulets. They get married and plan to run away from the family fued until Romeo kills Juliets cousin Tybalt (during the key scene), where thereforth their plans fails and collapses and the two lovers die together.

Romeo and Juliet is written in the Elizabethan era. Plays written then and now are different. For example, the marriage between a 14 year old girl and a 17 year old boy would have been accepted where as now it is illegal. Also, during the Elizabethan era women ...view middle of the document...

The key scene reflects hatred when Mercutio curses both Montagues and Capulets for the brawl that lead to his death. Revenge is shown through the character of Romeo. Romeo kills tybalt for murdering his best friend Mercutio. This also shows love; Romeo's love for Mercutio, hence Romeo seeking revenge on Tybalt for killing Mercutio. Also Romeo's love for Juliet shows when Romeo hesitates to fight Tybalt (Juliets cousin), until the death of Mercutio provokes Romeo to fight Tybalt. This key scene fits into the play as a whole as it is the major turning point for Romeo and Juliet as it is the scene that triggers the downfall of their relationship and plans.

Shakespeare creates tension withing the audience during the opening of scene one in act three by using the prophetic statement 'the capels are abroad and if we meet we shall not scape a brawl' which makes the audience aware there is going to be agression soon. Shakespeare persists to create tension when Mercutio provokes Tybalt to fight him. During the argument Shakespeare adds humour when Mercutio uses the insult ' heres my fiddlestick, here's that shall make you dance' this is refurs to his sword yet is also a sexual pun.
The audience realise that Mercutio is provoking Tybalt which increases the tension and makes the viewers have more worry for Romeo's entrance.

An Elizabethan audience would have been in shock at Tybalts insult to Romeo 'no better term than this; thou art a villian'. This insult would have stunned the audience as it was the most harsh insult to call someone a villian if that person was born into a rich family. Further suspense is built when Shakespeare uses dramatic irony.

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