Essay about Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Possibly the most famous love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet was written by William Shakespeare and was first performed in 1595. Romeo and Juliet started off as an Italian folk tale. There was also a poem that Shakespeare used, written by Arthur Brooks in 1562. Shakespeare then converted this into a play.

Set in the town, Verona, Italy “Romeo & Juliet” is set in the time when Italy was incredibly wealthy and feuds were quite common. Shakespeare takes this tale and turns it into an intensely dramatic piece of drama. Shakespeare does this by using “dramatic impact” to mystify the audience and take them through a range of emotions towards the play
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SAMPSON Nay, as they dare. I will bite my thumb at them, which is a

disgrace to them if they bear it.

ABRAHAM Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?

SAMPSON I do bite my thumb, sir

ABRAHAM Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?

SAMPSON (Aside to GREGORY) Is the law of our side if I say “Ay”?


SAMPSON (Replying to ABRAHAM) No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at

you, sir, but I bite my thumb, sir.

We as the audience can almost see a fight brewing on stage. The Montagues stay composed and peaceful while the Capulets mock them using “sir” acerbically and insulting them repeatedly as if urging them to strike, and again … this raises the tension even more! We are only about two minutes into the production and already turmoil has brewed to a level that you probably wouldn’t find in many plays at all! Enter Benvolio who attempts to separate the two;

BENVOLIO Part, fools!

Put up your swords; you know not what you do.

When this figure of (we presume) authority attempts to

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