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How does Act One of the play set the stage for the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet?

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Jessica Hartley 10 AW How does Act One of the play set the stage for the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet? Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona in Northern Italy. Romeo and Juliet are the children of two very different and important families. Juliet a Capulet and Romeo a Montague are brought together at a party that Lord Capulet is holding. In the beginning there is a major grudge between the two families Montague and Capulet. Evidence of this feud and recent fighting is shown in the prologue '...from ancient grudge break to new mutiny... where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.' This shows that also innocent civilians have died for supporting these two families. At the beginning Romeo is immature boy who thinks he is in love with this girl called Rosaline, this is where 'sick- amour' comes from he is sick of love. His cousin says '..Shuts his windows...locks the fair daylight out' they say this because he doesn't open up his life to other girls and would rather stay with one girl than have more girlfriends. ...read more.


This appears to most people that he falls easily in and out of love. Juliet is first introduced by her father - like Romeo- who describes her as young, innocent, naive and beautiful. This is confirmed when her mother decides to discuss marriage with her. Lord Capulet is a very likeable man when you get to know him but if you get on the wrong side of him he will get furious. He also hates his authority being questioned, this happens when Romeo is spotted at the party by Juliet's cousin Thybalt. 'Uncle this is a Montague our foe' 'He shall be endured... Am I the master here, or you?' Thybalt is Juliet's cousin who is the only member of the Capulet and Montague families whose words and actions show the ferocity and deep hatred associated with the feud. He is fiery, aggressive, he is always ready for a fight and quite a trouble maker. He respects his family but takes a few things two far. Like when the Montague's turn up and gate crash the party, he makes sure he gets his revenge for making him look stupid in front of his uncle. ...read more.


. Mercutio loves sex and advises Romeo to use women for sex 'be rough with love.' The Nurse, Paris, Lord and Lady Capulet and Romeo all love Juliet for the same reasons, they all want her to be happy, think she is beautiful and invest time, and emotions to make shore she is happy. 'Younger than she are happy mothers made' 'Thou wast the prettiest babe' 'Earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she.' 'I never saw true beauty till this night.' But Lord and lady Capulet also see love as a transaction which will secure them and retain them with wealth. Juliet loves Romeo despite her parents chosen opposition. 'My only love sprung from my only hate.' The Love between Romeo and Juliet is more powerful than hate and death. The last theme in this Act is Tragedy. At the end of the play Romeo and Juliet take their life to show what their parents have caused by their grudge. But their deaths are a mistake. The way this comes about is tragic and puts the tragedy in the play. Because of their parents strife two innocent, important, good young teenagers die because of the tragedy of secret love between two enemies. ...read more.

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