Romeo and Juliet is a love story. Describe how Shakespheare involves the reader in the story by the characters Romeo and Juliet. Explain the characteristics of the two main characters Romeo and Juliet.

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One of the ways that Shakespeare engages the reader in Romeo and Juliet is by making his protagonists so young! Romeo and Juliet are teenagers, and young ones at that (especially Juliet). Even by Elizabethan standards, their youth stands out. Because they are so young, their story becomes even...

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One of the ways that Shakespeare engages the reader in Romeo and Juliet is by making his protagonists so young! Romeo and Juliet are teenagers, and young ones at that (especially Juliet). Even by Elizabethan standards, their youth stands out. Because they are so young, their story becomes even more tragic. This is because people almost always feel worse when very young people have horrible things happen to them, and also because almost everybody knows the plight of young love.

One of Romeo's defining traits is that he has a bit of a hot temper. He is most certainly also a huge romantic, as he begins the play swooning over his first love before seeing and immediately falling in love with Juliet. Juliet is a bit more pragmatic. She falls in love with Romeo but does more to question why they are fated to be in love when their families are at odds with one another and when she is set to marry Paris.

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William Shakespeare engages his readers in the play Romeo and Juliet by creating typical and believable characters. Anyone reading the play now has certainly either had a relationship of which their parents disapproved or been a disapproving parent. Inappropriate relationships would have existed in Shakespeare’s time as well. Romeo seemed to be a typical man of the age--capricious in his nature and his courting of women. Don ‘t forget the morning of the party at Capulet’s, Romeo had considered himself to be madly in love with Rosaline. She, however, rejected him, so he moves on to Juliet. Juliet like women would have been considered in Shakespeare’s time belonged to their fathers or husbands because they were silly creatures and easily swayed--as was Juliet who had heard of Romeo’s pursuit of Rosaline, but chose to ignore what that indicated about Romeo’s nature and maturity.

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