‘Romeo and Juliet’ does appeal to a modern day audience due to themes and relationships that we are exposed to during the play. Romeo is a teenage boy that has fallen in love with a girl who is a member of the Capulet’s. This is an issue as Romeo is a member of the Montague’s. The whole play can be explained by just one line in the play, spoken by Romeo. He says: ‘Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love’ Romeo is portrayed to like the idea of being in love. The overuse of oxymorons in his speech makes the dramatic effect become artificial.
This shows that Romeo has a very sweet loving side to him. This aspect will appeal to a modern audience because it is describing what to some people is the man of their dreams. People of a younger generation may long for somebody like Romeo, as he is not like the average teenage boy. As Juliet is introduced into the play she is portrayed as a seemingly innocent and submissive girl. When Juliet first appears on stage, a picture of beauty and politeness is visible. Her youth is emphasized once again.
This will appeal to a modern day audience as female audience members may look up to Juliet as a role model. Juliet seems to be the perfect female with her sparkling, fresh personality and her love for Romeo. This relationship and character will appeal to a modern day audience. Juliet’s love for Romeo is pure, she says: ‘My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee The more I have, for both are infinite. ‘ Juliet’s love for Romeo is the ‘love’ that people crave. This will appeal to a modern day audience.
Many youths today have the very first loves and it is something that they have probably wanted for a long time. This is the situation that Romeo and Juliet are in. Their feelings for one another are so strong and love is present in their relationship. Romeo and Juliet share a physical, passionate love as well as just emotional love. The first night that they meet they do not want to leave each other. This is the famous ‘Balcony Scene. ‘ Romeo risks his life to see Juliet by climbing the walls of the Capulet estate. He says: ‘…
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven Having some business, do not entreat her eyes To twinkle in their spheres till they return… ‘ I think the language used will also appeal to a modern day audience. Shakespeare uses words such as ‘stars’ and ‘heaven. ‘ The language is quite dreamy and resembles the world above. This type language would really appeal to a modern audience. The words used are so to do with love. Again the theme of love is being used to create realism and a realistic relationship between Romeo and Juliet.
I think that the fight scene at the beginning will also appeal to a modern day audience but maybe it may be more appreciated by the male members of the audience. Sampson and Gregory are walking down the street and Sampson says: ‘… I will be civil with the maids I will cut their heads off’ I think that a modern day audience would find this humorous and look at the funny side of what Sampson said. Although the mood of the conversation is quite cold and aggressive, I think that a modern audience would find it more funnier and this why it will appeal to a modern day audience.