William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet's Appeal to Audiences in Modern Time

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William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet's Appeal to Audiences in Modern Time Four hundred years ago, William Shakespeare wrote what is perhaps the world's best-loved play: 'Romeo and Juliet'. It still plays to packed theatres, all over the world, and has been adapted and rewritten for thousands of operas, musicals, films and plays. However, a close look at the structure and content of "Romeo and Juliet" can explain the play's timeless appeal. The play is constructed with an astonishing complexity. A large number of related impressions, ideas and emotions are woven together throughout the play; this ensures an audience's interest is maintained throughout. The play changes from violence to beauty…show more content…
In this scene Capulet is playing the part of the jovial host and is appalled at Tybalt's threat to kill Romeo: "He shall be endured" (I.5, line 76). It surprises the audience that Capulet speaks well of his enemy Romeo: "Verona brags of him / To be a virtuous and well-governed youth" (I.5, lines 68-69), this is significant because it displays Capulets compassionate side and makes the audience like him, this is important preparation for the character development that takes place in Act 3. At the beginning of Act 3, Scene 5 Capulet finds Juliet in tears; he is sympathetic to his daughter's mourning: "What still in tears? / Evermore showering?" (III.5, lines 129-130). However, when Capulet learns that Juliet refuses to marry Paris, Capulet transforms from loving, to confused, to furious: "Out, you green-sickness carriage! / You tallow-face!" (III.5, lines 155-156). The audience is shocked at this sudden change of tone and character; Capulet's rage is exciting to the audience and adds another layer of emotional drama to the play; the sudden change in atmosphere shocks the audience and grabs their attention and gains popularity. Capulet's changes in Act I, Scene 5 are important because the audience have seen the loving, understanding side of
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