Nathan (gemsling) wrote,
Nathan
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Shakespeare - radio playwright, or master of stating the obvious?

I'm reading through Romeo & Juliet at the moment and am finding some of the verse a bit tedious, simply because it seems to be stating the bleeding obvious.

Pitiful sight! here lies the county slain,
And Juliet bleeding, warm, and newly dead,
Who here hath lain these two days buried.

We can see that you can tell they are dead; you don't need to state it explicitly. It seems as though the script has been developed as a radio play (despite the lack of radio stations in the sixteenth century). If it were a stage play, surely the stuff you can see (actions and sets) would not have to be reiterated...
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