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ROMEO AND JULIET One of Shakespeare's most well known plays is Romeo and Juliet; it is a romantic tragedy a favoured genre in Elizabethan times. This play was written in 1593. The romantic tragedy begins with a prologue telling you what happened, what is happening, and what's going to happen. The prologue says that the two households (Montague & Capulet) have been fighting since ancient times and has broken into new mutiny, but the only children of these two households fall in love, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. Their love cannot be because the houses are at war. The reason behind telling the audience what's going to happen is because, like the blurb of a book a person may want to know what's the basic outline of the story but in this case the play, if a prologue does not appeal to somebody then they will leave before the play actually starts. To break into the play two members from the house of Capulet are joking around and making fun of each other, until two ...read more.


But Gregory quickly responds by saying, "Gregory: No, for then we should be colliers," (Act 1 Scene 1 Line 2) In modern language Sampson said that they shall not be insulted (mainly by someone from the house of Montague) and Gregory says that if they carry coal (are insulted) they would be coalmen or 'colliers', this kind of humour is authentic punning using old English language a pun meaning a play on words. In their funny humour the two Capulets argue how they will not back down from a Montague, they also talk about how they will make the Montagues maids 'impure' or unable to retain their 'maidenheads' (virginity). Sampson is the first person to talk in the scene, Sampson tries to act very macho, we can tell this because throughout he talks about taking on any Montague in a fight a quote to back up this statement would be, "Sampson: A dog of that house shall move me to stand: I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague's." ...read more.


(Act 1 Scene 1 Line 20-21) Here they are talking about raping the women and cutting off their heads, although they are joking about it, it still seems evil to talk about it like that. I don't think they are supposed to be funny, Sampson talks about standing up against the Montagues and Gregory twists his words to make him seem cowardly. Until the Montagues come Sampson talks about how brave he is and when Sampson bites his thumb at them Abraham questions them about it, but Sampson is too cowardly to back up his insult, "No, Sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, Sir, but I do bite my thumb, Sir." (Act 1 Scene 1 Line 44) If Sampson were brave he would say he did bite his thumb at them. Sampson obviously dislikes the Montagues and when two Montague servants come along Sampson decides to cause trouble, he provokes them by biting his thumb at them, in modern day this would be equivalent to a finger gesture, which in Elizabethan times would cause serious offence, for that reason this provocation caught the Montagues' attention. As disagreement occurs they begin to fight. ...read more.

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