Audience's Reaction to William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare is a famous writer who wrote many famous plays, probably his most famous being Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet is about a couple who fall in love and get married, despite their families feud which has been going on for generations. Shakespeare cleverly didn't write what the feud was about, because it helps get his theme of unresolved conflict leads to tragedy across. Shakespeare also uses fate as a theme and gets this across by writing that fate conspires against them; 'star-crossed lovers.' This fate conspires so much against Romeo and Juliet that it is unrealistic to a modern day (contemporary) audience, but in a …show more content…
"Rosaline, my ghostly father? No. I have forgot that name, and that name's woe."
This proves Romeo's infatuation with Rosaline. We know that Romeo's love for Juliet is sincere because of the language used between the two of them. Romeo and Juliet's poetic love conversation ends up in them deciding to get married. Both the contemporary and Shakespearean audience would believe that Romeo and Juliet were being a bit rash with this decision. A contemporary audience would also be a bit worried about the fact that Juliet is only thirteen years old, which is three years too young to get legally married, but to a Shakespearean audience they may believe that it is about time Juliet got married. This is because in Shakespearean times, girls were often married by the age of eleven or twelve and even having families by the age of thirteen and fourteen.
When Romeo sees Mercutio and Benvolio the next day they are overjoyed that Romeo has returned to his normal self. Both audiences would feel happy that Romeo is now his normal self and that his friends have noticed the change and are also happy:
"Why, is not this better now than groaning for love?
Now art thou