Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth-Protagonists Transgress Social Moral Boundaries

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In the two plays, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Macbeth’, the key characters transgress the social moral boundaries. However, Shakespeare manages to create sympathy towards the protagonists. In ‘Macbeth’, he creates sympathy for Macbeth as he shows the tragic downfall of a heroic hero in despair and how he was forced into all his wrong doings. Whereas in ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Shakespeare makes the audience feel sympathy towards the young couple as other people are also to blame for their relationship not happening and how they are ‘star crossed lovers’. In this essay, I am going to explain how Shakespeare manages to sympathize with these protagonists. During the play of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare manages to effectively describe the tragedy of their relationship. He achieves this by creating sympathy for the two protagonists, Romeo and Juliet, which consequently affects the audience of the play. At the beginning of the play the audience is told that it will all end in disaster. This is emphasised with the fact that the two young lovers foreshadow their own death. Therefore this creates dramatic irony in that the audience know how the story is going unfold and the course of Romeo and Juliet’s’ lives but they do not know themselves. Shakespeare unravels the story whilst cleverly creating twists which brings sympathy upon the audience. The play starts with a prologue which is how Shakespeare begins to create a sense of sympathy for Romeo and Juliet. Here, the audience is told that the couple are ‘star cross’d lovers’ and that their love is going against the stars and that they are therefore doomed in disaster. This phrase has an ambiguous meaning creating tension in the audience as it could seem that information is being held back. This subsequently makes the audience feel sympathy throughout the entire play as they are in knowledge of that fact that the hopeful

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