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The Presentation Of Conflict In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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The Presentation of Conflict In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

Romeo and Juliet is a play written by William Shakespeare, the
greatest playwright, most probably in 1594 or 1595. It is thought to
be produced more than any other Shakespeare’s play except Hamlet.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) rose in the Elizabethan era or
Renaissance period (1550-1660) where people started questioning
everything around them from religion to arts and many discoveries were
made. His first published works were poem during1591-1593 when the
plague and other troubles closed London theatres. He joined the Lord
Chambelian’s Men in 1594 as actor and playwright. For the next five
years, he wrote the history plays: comedies and the tragedy Romeo and
Juliet. At the end of the period he moved with the company to the new
Globe Theatre that opened in about 1599.

We don’t have a complete description of the Globe or of any
Elizabethan public theatre. However, it is generally agreed that the
outer shape was roughly circular, open to the sky, and that there was
a very large stage, which stuck out into the yard. Two great posts
(which could be used as columns of a palace, trees in a forest, or
masts of a ship) held up the heavens or shadows, a roof, which
protected the rear of the stage. In this there was a trapdoor through
which thrones, clouds, or comets could be let down, and firecrackers
slid down cords to represent lightning. The stage itself had trapdoors
through which magic trees, devils and apparitions could rise or
characters descend to caves, cellars and, as in medieval mystery
plays, to hell. At the back there was some sort of recess, which could
be curtained off and hidden, or disclosed, and where discoveries could
be made. Juliet at the end of Act IV scene3 “falls upon her bed within
the curtains” and is discovered there by the Nurse at the beginning of
Act IV scene5. There was some sort of large entrance door at each
side, and balcony or gallery above- essential for Romeo and Juliet, as
a balcony outside Juliet’s room, but used in other plays as castle
battlements and city wall or just the upper part of the house. There
was no way of concealing the great stage, so dead bodies had to be
carried off in full sight of the audience.

Shakespeare used a variety of sources for his dramas. The story of
Romeo and Juliet was by all accounts taken from the poem, The Tragical
History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke (1562). The story has
earlier origins, which go back the Greek author Xenophon and his
Ephesiaca, a work of ten books, which relates the love story of
Habrocomas and Anthia. The main difference between Shakespeare’s
version of the story and that of Brooke is in their purpose. Brooke’s
poem warns young people of the dangers of physical attraction, whilst
Shakespeare was more...

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