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The dramatic potential of 'Act1 Scene1' and 'Act3 Scene5' in Romeo and Juliet.

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Essay on the dramatic potential of 'Act1 Scene1' and 'Act3 Scene5' in Romeo and Juliet In the play, there are many instances where it is apparent that Shakespeare intended his plays to be acted out, and not just read. The plot is based around two lovers, Romeo and Juliet, and the intense love they have for one another. It has however, many smaller sub-plots, which add another level to the play, and make it more interesting to read and watch. In Act1 Scene1, some of the vocabulary used gives a tense atmosphere. For example, in line 7, Sampson calls a Montague a dog. This could give an audience the impression that Sampson is troublesome. He is looking for a fight, and the play has only just begun. The way that Shakespeare opens it would immediately seize the attention of an audience. After this, the next thing that is said is by Gregory is accusing Sampson of being a coward, therefore encouraging him to stand his ground; 'to move is to stir... therefore, if thou art moved, thou runn'st away.' ...read more.

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The stage directions tell us that he beats down their swords. This could possibly be seen as a form of heroism. A very important moment in the play is where other citizens join the fight. It would add more people to the stage, if being acted out, which gives us a greater level of excitement. When the Prince enters the scene in line 74, he makes a long and powerful speech addressing the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets. An audience would be waiting for the climax in this speech, and it comes in the last line: 'once more, on pain of death, all men depart'. This gives the speech a final burst of energy, and would leave an audience with a feeling that the speech was entirely meaningful. In my opinion, Act1 Scene1 has much potential when it comes to being acted out, because it uses powerful language and contains interesting and exciting scenes. In Act3 Scene5, the content is completely different, exploring how Juliet feels about marrying Paris. ...read more.

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The tension keeps one on edge until the dispute finally ends with Capulet leaving the room, furious. She continues to reason with her mother, until her Mother says that she will not have anything more to do with Juliet, and leaves the room. The rest of the scene involves Juliet talking to her Nurse, pleading with her for help in her very difficult situation. Of course, in the play, an audience would be fully aware of the fact the nurse could do nothing to help Juliet. This would give more of a 'panto' atmosphere and in my opinion would work quite successfully. The most effective line in the whole scene is the last one in Juliet's final speech, 'If all else fail, myself have power to die'. The audience is left with a heavy and serious end to the speech, where they can think about just how grave Juliet's predicament is. I perceive Act1 Scene1 to have greater dramatic potential than Act3 Scene5, simply because it contains more physical action. Act3 Scene5 does, however, contain some very deep and thought provoking material. Brad Hill UR Kittermaster ...read more.

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