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Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare’s well-loved tragic love story Romeo and Juliet is a five-act play that tells of the fictional star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. Although popularised by Shakespeare who wrote it in the late 1500s, the story was already sort of a legend throughout Europe and was in fact, adopted by Arthur Brooke as a poem that he titled “The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet” two years before Shakespeare was born.1 The popularity of the Shakespearean version, however, is owed much to its writer’s genius, skill in wordplay and effective use of imagery to project and emphasise the tragic nature of the story.


Dramatic Devices in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet Formal patterning is the meticulous arrangements of events, characters and scenes that help shape and form a play’s storyline. This is an important dramatic device because it allows the audience to discern and anticipate the flow of the story enough to gain interest and pay close attention to it. To achieve this in Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare constructed parallel scenes where characters that are about to play important roles in the tragic end are constantly present and developed, helping build the momentum and anticipation of the tragic end. ...
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