Assess the effect of the final moments of Romeo and Juliet on the audience. 

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The original question had to be edited.  The audience experiences that effect of reflection and rumination upon the conclusion of the Shakespearean drama.  The effect of the final scene in terms of what is shown, how it unfolds, and its resolution causes the audience to reflect on what was witnessed.  Part of this resolution is to observe how hate and enmity can result in emotionally brutal realities.  At the same time, the audience is left helplessly to reflect how antagonisms and familial feuds doom the young lovers at the end of the drama.  The effect this as on the audience is a feeling of helplessness in reflection.

Another effect that the ending of the drama has on the audience is one in which the folly of rash action is appreciated.  The ending of the drama is brought about because individual characters act in a rash manner.  They act without fully contemplating the implications of their actions: "Friar Laurence, Tybalt, Lord Capulet, Romeo, Mercutio, Juliet, and even the Nurse all contribute to the tragedy through impulsiveness, which is the real villain in the play."  In observing this, the audience experiences the effect of helplessness, but also recognizing that impulsiveness and a sense of acting rashly is a part of the human experience.  It is here in which the ending of the drama helps to cast the effect of fully grasping what it means to be human, and the frailties that are intrinsic to it.

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