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Over the past four hundred years the famous play Romeo and Juliet has inspired many readers across the globe The classic play written by famous playwright William Shakespeare has captured and will continue to capture peoples minds The main question that rises is why this play has been read for so long The story consists of two star- crossed lovers who fall in love at first sight One of the main reasons why this play has been so popular is because stories in those times relied more on the life and spirit of the play For generations people saw in this play a reflection of their own life and experiences Another reason why this play has been successful is also because the hints of tragedy increased the suspense and irony of the play For example when Juliet looks upon Romeo and says O God I have an ill-diving soul Methinks I see them now thou art below As one dead in the bottom of a thumb Act III Scene V lines 54-56 thus pointing out the hints of tragic death Romeo and Juliet is also a play which is full of anger passion and death The secrecy of the marriage of Romeo and Juliet pointed out a form of dramatic irony This is shown by Juliets double-edged phrases when Lady Capulet is denouncing Romeo For example Ay madam from the reach of these my hands would none but I might verge my cousins death Act III Scene V line 86 or when Juliet states in an awkward way indeed I never shall be satisfied with Romeo till I behold him -dead- Act III Scene V line 95 O there dramatic ironies included when Romeo falls in love with Juliet Mercutio imagines he is still in love with Rosaline Ah that same pale hard-hearted wench that torments him so that he will sure
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