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William Shakespeare is a famous play writer from the 1500's

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William Shakespeare is a famous play writer from the 1500's. Most of his plays were tragedies and usually involved rich, lucky, powerful characters full of prosperity at the start and usually included a hero. By the end of the plays the hero would have made an act of courage and love and the characters who were rich and powerful had usually had a downfall. Although Shakespeare had his plays preformed in many different venues, nearly all of Shakespeare's plays were performed in the Globe which was a theatre in London. As many of the guests were standing, usually the poorer less educated people referred to as the groundlings, Shakespeare had to make sure his plays were interesting and drew people in right from the start. The first scene of any play is extremely important and the Shakespearian tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet' is no different. As in any first scene, 'Romeo and Juliet' plays across many different story lines and characters to the audience thus keeping them engaged and interested. It creates tension and lost of action and by the end of the scene there are many unanswered questions. It also includes amusement for the groundlings. The groundlings usually needed humour to keep them thoroughly entertained. The first scene of 'Romeo and Juliet' introduces humour when two Capulet servants are stood talking. ...read more.


This engages the audience as they begin to wonder whether the two characters will meet and fight later on in the play. This is one of many unanswered questions in the first scene that draws in the audience. The audience follow the tension through to when lord and lady Capulet arrive. Immediately after which, Lord and Lady Montague show up. Lord Montague goes to draw his sword but Lady Montague overrules him and stops him. "thou shalt not stir one foot to seek a foe" she basically tells him not to intervene or inflict any more trouble as it will only make matters worse. Tension is risen to another high point when Prince Escalus rides in. He is a strong and powerful man who holds authority over all of the characters on stage. He is mad about the fight and foreshadows what will happen if the street brawls between the Montagues and the Capulets occur again. "if you ever disturb our streets again ... your lives will pay the forfeit of the peace". He sentences the starter of the fight to death. . He gives the audience a brief background into what has happened between the families before "three civil brawls bred..." "thrice disturb'd the quiet of out streets". Prince then asks the Montagues to leave and the Capulets to follow him for questioning. ...read more.


Romeo "dost thou not laugh?" Benvolio: "no coz, I rather weep...at thy good hearts oppression" the audience are again faced with an unanswered question as no one knows who this girl Romeo pines after is. Many people in the audience assume its Juliet but they later find out that its actually Rosaline. This builds up tension and leaves the audience engaged. Romeos attitude is also greatly contrasted later on in the play. As in the first scene he tells Benvolio there is no one as pretty as Rosaline "Show me a mistress that is passing fair, what doth her beauty serve as but a note...". However later on in the play when Romeo first lays eyes on Juliet he falls straight in love with her. This helps add to the audiences understanding of Romeos rush commitment to Juliet and how perhaps they went into things to fast. Overall Shakespeare's first scene has a lot for the audience to take in, work on and think about. This help immensely towards keeping the audiences attention. With so many plots and characters the audience can't look away without later on not understanding something. Perhaps this is part of the reason why Shakespeare makes his first scenes so important. Introducing almost every character in the play, including fighting scenes and important speeches and also some humour helps keep the vast variety of audience amused and entertained. ?? ?? ?? ?? Seraya Simcoe 11EH ...read more.

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