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'How does the Prologue and opening scene of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' prepare the audience for Themes that run throughout the play?'

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'How does the Prologue and opening scene of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' prepare the audience for Themes that run throughout the play?' The play 'Romeo and Juliet' was written by one of the most famous play writers William Shakespeare. 'Romeo and Juliet' is one of the most famous love stories in the English literary tradition. The play focuses on romantic love and tragedy specifically the intense passion that springs up at first between Romeo and Juliet, love is a violent, ecstatic, overpowering force that supersedes all other values, loyalties, and emotions. 'Romeo and Juliet was set in Verona in the late 16th century. In 'Romeo and Juliet' the prologue gives the audience a preview of what is to happen in the play whereas, both households are equal in status and dignity, although an ancient grudge made both households become enemies, where a new conflict arose. 'Two households both alike in dignity. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny' In the prologue, 'Where civil blood made civil hands unclean' meaning both households are stained with the blood of one another. ...read more.

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'The which if you with patient ears attend, what here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.' The opening scene of 'Romeo and Juliet' prepares the audience for themes that run throughout the play by using friendship. Friendship is shown through Romeo and Benvolio because they are able to communicate with each other and they know when the other person has a problem 'tell me in sadness.' The opening scene of 'Romeo and Juliet' prepares the audience for themes that run throughout the play by using love and romance. Love and romance is shown through Romeo's love for Rosaline, 'in love' Romeo talks with Benvolio about Rosaline and how he has intense passion for Rosaline, 'out of her favour where I am in love.' This quotation also shows that Romeo wants more possibly marriage, but Rosaline doesn't. The opening scene of 'Romeo and Juliet' prepares the audience for themes that run throughout the play by using conflict and tension. ...read more.

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Benvolio and Tybalt are two of the most contrasting characters though out the play. Benvolio is always looking to stop fights and to stop trouble, Benvolio is a peacemaker 'part fools. Put up your swords, you know not what you do', whereas Tybalt is always looking to start a fight, 'turn thee Benvolio, look upon thy death' 'fiery' from this the audience gathers a hint towards Tybalt's violent nature and gets a hint towards Tybalt stabbing Mercutio. From the opening scene Benvolio also gives the audience an impression that he is trust worthy 'speak nephew, were you by when it began?' Also through out the opening scene Benvolio show compassion when Romeo has a broken heart, 'what sadness lengthens Romeo's hours?' Therefore from all that is represented in the prologue and the opening scene the audience forms an idea that the whole story is about love between two enemies in this case the main characters 'Romeo and Juliet' which then ends in tragedy. Through out 'Romeo and Juliet' love, tension feud tragedy, hate, romance, and friendship is shown. Nicholas Rodrigues 10s English Coursework - Romeo & Juliet Miss.Norman ...read more.

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