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Discuss the dramatic importance of Act 1 Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet.

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Discuss the dramatic importance of Act 1 Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet In my essay I will be discussing the dramatic importance of Act 1 Scene 2 from the book Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. The story is set in Verona where there has been a feud between two households, mainly the Capulets and Montagues, for many years. The story commences with a fight scene on the street where Sampson and Gregory from the house of Capulet start a fight with the Montagues. The fight is then stopped by Prince Esculas who decides to kill the next person to start a fight between the Capulets and the Montagues. The first scene ends with Romeo, the son of Montague and his best friend Benvolio talk about Romeo's love for Rosaline who is from the house of Capulet. Prince Esculas sets the scene for the drama to come by stating a fundamental decision to say, " He will kill the next person to start fighting between the two households". To a reader it is the first time this has happened; giving the impression that there is death and destruction to come in the story at a later time. From the first scene we can tell that the fight between the Capulets and the Montagues has been going on for a very long time. This is also backed up by Prince Esculas's dramatic statement. It seems as if things have come too far and it is time for things to come to a head. ...read more.

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Capulet also says that if Juliet agrees to marry Paris, he will let her but in retrospect Capulet does not keep his promise and forces Juliet into marrying Paris. Capulet invites Paris to the feast at his house that night and tells him that there are plenty more women out there, he also says he may even see other girls who might make him think twice about Juliet. This echoes Benvolio's advice to Romeo in Scene 1. It shows us how Capulet is a fake. He allows Paris to seek other girls- is this because he does not want Paris to marry Juliet or is it because of other aspects. We do know in retrospect that he forces Juliet to marry but this is only because Romeo is unthinkable in his eyes even more unthinkable than Paris. The second part of Act 1 Scene 2 is when the servant is told by Capulet to give out invitations to everyone except the Montagues, and as the servant is illiterate he wonders as to what to do with the invitations. We can tell that the servant is illiterate from the extract, in which the servant says, "Find them out whose names are written here! It is written that the shoemaker should meddle with his yard and that tailor with his last, the fisher with his pencil and the painter with his nets; but I an sent to find those persons whose names are here writ, and can never find what names the writing person hath here writ. ...read more.

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Capulet talks about the difference between age and youth. Capulet suggests that old men are better able to keep peace and it is the young men who get involved in the stupid fights on the streets. Throughout the whole story Romeo and Juliet's parents don't come up as reasonable people, especially Juliet's parents who are more concerned about making their social life successful, with a prestigious marriage for their daughter, than making her happy. In the beginning of Act 1 Scene 2 Capulet talks about Juliet's age and why she should not marry. He also tells Paris that his agreement will only be part of the decision for Paris to marry Juliet and that Juliet will have to agree as well, however this is not what happens. So in conclusion, Act 1 Scene 2 is very important because of the events which happen in this scene affects the story very much and it changes how the story unfolds and how the characters are affected in the scene and elsewhere in the play including those who do not appear in this scene. In Act 1 Scene 2 Romeo went to the party and met Juliet otherwise he would have stayed with Rosaline to whom his love was not very deep. Romeo actually went to the party to meet his so called love of his life, Rosaline. This scene is the turning point in the story; Romeo and Juliet would never have met if the servant did not make the mistake of giving them the invitation. It is because of the servant's mistake the whole story changes. Helalur Rahman Khan 3894 ...read more.

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