Pathos In Romeo And Juliet

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William Shakespeare, a historically significant figure in the area of English plays, not only was a poet, he was also a playwright and an actor. Born in the year of 1564, he found himself living in the small market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire in England. At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, a farmer’s daughter. From then on Shakespeare began his career in the wide world of poems, and plays. Shakespeare wrote numbers of plays throughout his lifetime, just a few being Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth and presumably his most popular; Romeo and Juliet. This successful play is a tale of two feuding families and star-crossed lovers, the young teens in love go by the name of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. The…show more content…
The most criticized part of this entire movie unquestionably shows pathos throughout the complete scene; the ending scene, also known as when Romeo and Juliet both find their ends, side by side. Romeo had not known of Juliet’s plan; that she took a sleeping drink that made it seem as though she was dead, so when the young Montague found her in her tomb his assumed his love was dead. He lays there and speaks to her as she sleeps, still fully unaware of her actually being alive, he puts his ring on her finger and takes out the poison he had received from the apothecary. He stands above Juliet, as she wakes up and she watches him sip the poison, only then does he realize she's alive, Romeo dies in her arms and she begins to cry. This certain clip strongly shows pathos by the silence; by hearing every single breath of her cry, and the click of the Montague’s gun, the one of which she will end her life with. Juliet then takes her life with her deceased lover’s gun. This scene is so cataclysmic because it strays away from the original script, in which Romeo dies and then Juliet wakes up. This scene is seen critically because it is not just like the play, but the dramatization of it definitely sets pathos for the viewers and shows why the film is such a quality adaptation to Shakespeare's original
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