Romeo and Juliet Essay | How Does Shakespeare Excite and Entertain the Audience in Act 1

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How Does Shakespeare Excite and Entertain the Audience in Act 1

Summary: William Shakespeare excites the audience in Act 1 of Romeo and Juliet, even though we already know the outcome of the story. One of the most definitive themes is light and dark. The whole play is alive with images of light and dark, which symbolises the more light and light, more dark and dark our woes.
Romeo and Juliet was first performed in 1595, based on Arthur Brooke's poem, written in 1562. At the time, William Shakespeare was also writing the play, Midsummer Nights Dream, which happens to be a total contrast to Romeo and Juliet. Elizabeth I was queen at the time, so maybe she may have liked a play about love. This play would have been seen by everyone in those days, as there was no other means of entertainment. Nowadays, theatre is seen as a form of entertainment for well-to-do people, and not for the lowest of classes. Having the play set in another country, as in Verona, has two up sides. The first being it seems much more romantic, and therefore seems more appealing as a love story. Also this place is very far away, so it makes people believe that its not to...

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