How Shakespeare Crafts a Tragedy

Shakespeare Unit
Text: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
Assignment: Explore Shakespeare’s of a tragedy in his tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Use quotations from the text to support your sentences.
How Shakespeare Crafts a Tragedy
William Shakespeare devised a romantic-tragedy called Romeo and Juliet by building up the emotion, hatred and sorrow. The play is set in Verona where there is a feud between two families called the Montagues and Capulets, they each produce a single child who fall in love and end up dying tragically. Even though Shakespeare’s play was a romantic story he aimed for his audience to experience pathos by creating such a tragic ending which ends the conflict between the families but it leaves them grieving over the deaths of two lovers. The play is cleverly written as Shakespeare used mainly young, innocent and defined characters as their deaths provided a vital ingredient to making the pathos even greater.
Shakespeare cleverly crafts the prologue by foretelling the conclusion of the play at the beginning. He uses a sonnet and it is perfect for the genre as Romeo & Juliet   is a romantic story, although he uses descriptive phrases like “A pair of star crossed lovers take their life” this suggests that two people who got hit by fate and end up losing their life you love. As well as the foretelling phrases of miserable events, he uses negative words such as “strife”, “fatal”, “death”, and this gave his audience negative imagery. Shakespeare’s use of the prologue reveals how it can be an important technique for devising a great tragedy.
Shakespeare managed to use foreshadowing in every act of the play with characters oblivious to the fact that they were foretelling their endings. Romeo’s soliloquy in Act 5 Scene 1 Line 6 begins with explaining a dream he had “I dreamt my lady came and found me dead” he predicts his death but in line where Romeo says that his lady brings him back to life with her kisses, sadly Shakespeare does not want a...