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Romeo and Juliet Coursework Directing a Scene - Act 2 Scene 2 (Balcony Scene)

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework Directing a Scene - Act 2 Scene 2 (Balcony Scene) Today we are going to be rehearsing Act 2 Scene 2, which is most commonly called the Balcony Scene. This scene is vital to the play, because with out the scene there might not have even been a story to write about. In many people's opinions including mine this is the centre point of the play. This is because if Romeo hadn't jumped over the wall and consequently landed in Juliet's garden. Romeo and Juliet probably wouldn't have seen each other again for a long while; and in the mean time their feelings would have died down from the heat of the moment. Also Romeo wasn't meant to hear what Juliet was saying about him. It was all thoughts on the top of Juliet's head that were spur of the moment. They were also probably slightly embellished from what they actually were. The young love and the excitement of the party probably exaggerate their feelings. Juliet would never have said what she did if she knew Romeo was there. Hearing this would have thrilled Romeo especially after he had a crush on Rosaline for so long with it unreturned. To hear his feelings returned would only have heightened them. This is Juliet's first kiss, so naturally she would be feeling excited and worked up. I think this would have died down, if fate hadn't played its part and in effect sped up their love. ...read more.

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From here Romeo you will go on to say how your name is hateful to you because it's an "enemy to thee Then Juliet you show the first sign of the connection between you and Romeo, that its true love not just a quick romance. It's the first time that you have shown a sign of being in love with Romeo. Romeo has already shown his love for Juliet, with out saying it by his change in language. So Juliet what it actually means when you say "My ears have yet not drunk a hundred words" is showing how she hasn't understood what Romeo has been saying, however it is significant when you say "yet I know the sound." Because it shows how you still know it's him even though you have spent such little time with him prior to this meeting. Then Juliet (when you later go on talking) you show how practical you are, so when you say the passage concerned about how Romeo got on to the wall, and if any of her "kinsmen find" him there; he will be killed. It needs to be said with great concern, to show to the audience the contrast, between Juliet and her practical concerns and Romeo's unreasonable attitude. As he replies that he got on to the wall "With love's light wings," and that nothing can "hold love out." All this Romeo needs to be said with a care free, foolish way, to underline to the audience the difference in attitudes at this point. ...read more.

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Then sigh as you talk to the night. You say how afraid that because it is night you are worried it is all just a dream. After all that is what Juliet is to you, she is the girl of your dreams. (Juliet Speech to finish off - need help!) Here we will call it a day, but we will carry on from here tomorrow. As you go I want to leave you with one last thought to think about. I want each of you to think about just how much both of you have changed in the little time you have known each other. Romeo you have gone from being self wallowing and wrapped up of the idea in love, that all he was chasing was a dream, the infatuation with Rosaline was nothing. This Shakespeare tried to emphasise in different ways. But mainly in the flamboyant language and imagery to someone who understand. Then after you met Juliet you changed and realised that it wasn't all about you. As well as how wonderful Juliet was, and how you wanted to be with her not just superficially, because of her looks. Now Juliet you have changed greatly as well. Before you met Romeo you were na�ve, and juvenile. Where as now, you are proving to be the practical, and mature one. Worrying about safety and pushing your relationship forward. If it wasn't for you Romeo would probably still be at your balcony trying to prove how much he loved you at the end of the play! ?? ?? ?? ?? English Coursework Louisa Wimbush 1 ...read more.

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