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Romeo and Juliet - own version

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Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet has been one of the most famous plays written by Shakespeare because it is enormously engaging and has many levels to study. Shakespeare uses an intriguing storyline to explore realistic tragedies which may occur in this life. In my version of the play, the ideal person to introduce the background of the feud would be a judge. This would be appropriate to set the scene because his/her authority and status. They would ideally be positioned at the front of the stage, elevated on a courtroom bench to show a powerful yet neutral insight to the fighting. Towards the end of the prologue, after "the which if you with patient ears...our toil shall strive to mend', the judge could strike the gavel with the hammer. This is a sign of the consequences of the feud. As said before, I would place the judge (prologue reader) at the front of the stage, set in a courtroom. This is because a courtroom signifies that there is going to be punishment and pain in the play. There are many revealing words in the prologue. For example, "alike" and "both" represent two rivalling families who are very competitive and are equal in status in Verona. ...read more.


They express the enmity toward Montague in vulgar terms tinged with sexual innuendoes. The provocative gesture by Sampson is actually quite cowardly and sly: "Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?...No, sir, I do not bit my thumb at you sir, but I bite my thumb, sir." This hesitation, waiting for a reaction, is intended to increase the tension and force the other side to make the first move. Just then, two servants of the Montague household enter and the two sides begin to fight. The fight ends temporarily when Benvolio, a Montague and a cousin to Romeo, appears and "beats down" their swords. Immediately after this, however, a noble member of the Capulet family, Tybalt, bursts in, and begins to fight with Benvolio. The fracas attracts others, including Old Capulet and his wife, Old Montague and his wife, and the Prince of Verona, named Escalus. The Prince commands these rebellious subjects to stop breaking the civil peace, complaining that these street battles have erupted on several occasions, and threatening lives of the combatants. As Benvolio enters the fight, it seems like the servants need to impress their master as a sign of recognition and prestige. I suppose Benvoilio instigates the violence in this scene and this shows that Verona holds a hierarchal society, divided by class. ...read more.


"Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word" helps us to understand Escalus' opinions as 'airy' shows that the feud was sparked by insignificant, petty little remarks and gestures. Although the fighting may have been caused by young adults, their attitudes towards life are very childish. Comparing the words 'torture' and 'steel', both words try to indicate the bloodshed and callous, cruel lifestyles both families live. These words would have the effect of responding to violence with violence and use imagery to emphasise this point even further. Escalus' speech re-directs the mood dramatically in a short space of time. At the start of the play, the families' gestures are comical, and then they fight and bring violence. Then, Escalus' speech brings a sense of seriousness into the play, then finally romance towards the end of the play. The speech is a pivotal change in the play and sets the scene for Romeo and Juliet to come through the odds and find true love. The complex but engaging storyline of Romeo and Juliet makes it not only a great play to watch but to read as well. It has many relevant thoughts and similarities to life today and situations such as fighting, romance and judgement which are all still here in the 21st Century. By Richard Bloomer 10I ...read more.

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