Audience's Sympathy in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Audience's Sympathy in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare was a very experienced play writer who engaged the audience making them feel mixed emotions. In the play "Romeo and Juliet" one of the main emotions felt by the audience is sympathy. In this essay I will explain how Shakespeare does this. In act scene 1 Romeo is lovesick over a young lady named Rosaline. When Romeo speaks, generally he speaks in poetry, especially when it is something he feels passionately about. In scene 1 Romeo's form of speech is already in contrast with the other characters in the play. For example at the start of the play Sampson and Gregory are boasting and laughing about how they wish to deal with…show more content…
. The way in which Romeo and Mercutio are so good friends also brings about the emotion of sympathy because in the fight scene when Mercutio is slain by Tybalt in a way it was Romeo's fault for holding him back. The circumstances are very difficult for Romeo and Juliet after because Romeo is banished. This leads to he tragic climax which definitely roses sympathy in the audience because they know that every thing could have turned out great for Romeo and Juliet if it had all gone to plan, but it didn't and they end up killing themselves because without each other they would rather die. The story line of Romeo and Juliet is also very gripping not just the characters. This is because of the fact that it is love at first sight and the vast majority of the audience do want Romeo and Juliet's love to succeed. The situation made in the play was made to build up sympathy in the audience. During the course of the play the love between Romeo and Juliet is a hard situation for the both of them. Already at the start the families of Romeo and Juliet are ancient rivals and enemies, but if that wasn't hard enough Romeo was banished from Verona and Juliet is unable to visit him because her father lord Capulet is possessive and she
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