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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet Coursework For my English coursework, I have been studying the Shakespeare play "Romeo and Juliet". "Romeo and Juliet" is a romantic tragedy. The plot chronicles two star-crossed lovers, which belong to two feuding families, the "Capulet" family and the "Montague" family. For the two to be happy they must deceive their families. This is done with the help of Juliet's maid and Friar Lawrence. The dramatic play concludes tragically as the couple die, together, in a sad twist of fate. The scene I have chosen to dramatise and direct, as on stage is, Act 1 Scene5. During this scene the two main characters, Romeo and Juliet, meet at the Capulet's masked ball. Romeo sees Juliet and is infatuated, he then follows her. Meanwhile Tybalt, a highly respected, powerful Capulet, discovers that Romeo, a Montague, is at the party, "Tis he the villain Romeo". Tybalt is told not to pursue Romeo and let him be, by Sir Capulet "It fits when such a villain is a guest; I shall not endure him". Approaching the end of the scene Romeo finds Juliet. He takes her behind a curtain, and tries to kiss her "My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss", She gives in after playing hard to get, and the two kiss twice. ...read more.

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"O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear; beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear! So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows, as yonder lady o'er her fellows shows. The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand, and, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand. Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." This is what Romeo says when he first sets eyes on Juliet, and it is a great example that he is infatuated with her. The context I have chosen to set my scene in is the 20th century (present day). This is because I feel it is an practical and realistic time to set the play. It would be easy to find props and costumes, as they would be the ones everyone is using at the moment. Also actors wouldn't have to put on any old fashioned voices, they could speak as they would at any other time. On my stage, the set (scenery and furniture) would consist of the following items; the main set would be a large ballroom with a large elaborate staircase being the centre of attention, here would be a chandelier, grand piano, a buffet table, and a posh settee. ...read more.

Conclusion

Their two palms are touching and Romeo is suggesting that their lips should be doing the same. This should be emphasised with slow romantic talking, he should put on a soft, smooth voice. The two characters should be close together face-to-face. Juliet's reaction to this should be hard to get at first, "Saints do not move, though grant for prayers' sake" she wouldn't be facing him at this time, but would be looking away. Her mood soon changes when she looks into his eyes. In this scene, while the two are talking there should be soft romantic music playing quietly to set the scene off. The spotlight should also be on quite low shining down on the two lovers. The rest of the stage should be in complete darkness, with all the audiences' attention on Romeo and Juliet. When the nurse interrupts the lights should return to normal and the music back to the partying spirit. All should return to normal. In conclusion, I am trying to draw out the romantic aspects of the scene. My objective is to make the audience feel Romeo and Juliet's love for each other at such an early stage in the play. The atmosphere should be of a soft and romantic feeling; the audience should feel Romeo's heartbreak when he fails to score the kiss at first and happy when he finally gets it. ...read more.

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