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Act One Scene Five of 'Romeo and Juliet' contains excitement, romance and danger. Explain why this scene would have entertained the audience of the time and how it would have prepared them for the rest of the play.

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Act One Scene Five of 'Romeo and Juliet' contains excitement, romance and danger. Explain why this scene would have entertained the audience of the time and how it would have prepared them for the rest of the play. 'Romeo and Juliet' was written in 1598, by William Shakespeare. During the Elizabethan times, when the play was written, entertainment was scarce, which was why the popularity of theatres blossomed. Although, Puritans believed theatres caused a lot of controversy, due to the crowds they attracted and activities that went on such as sexual acts and violence. However, Queen Elizabeth disagreed and enjoyed attending private performances that were done for her. Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' explores themes such as excitement, romance and danger and each of his characters introduces these themes. The key characters being: Romeo, Juliet, Tybalt and Capulet. They play a significant part in making the themes noticeable. Romeo and Juliet are of importance in all of the themes. Their excitable, romantic and dangerous forbidden relationship would have been intriguing to an audience of the Elizabethan times as most would have not experienced such emotions on stage before. Tybalt is portrayed as a fiery character, which would excite the audience and lead them into thinking there may be dangerous scenes ahead. Capulet's character has a link to all three themes. ...read more.

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In Act One, Scene Five, if the exchange between Tybalt and Capulet was to be acted out on stage, the actor playing Tybalt should contemplate the fiery character of Tybalt. Whilst saying the words "Now by the stock and honour of my kin, to strike him dead I hold it not a sin", he should be pushing guests out of the way. This would show how short-tempered he is, his lack of respect for the guests and show that his main priority is to reach Romeo. When saying this, the actor should say the words 'strike' and 'dead' in a more aggressive, deep tone of voice to emphasise the actions and to warn the audience and Capulet that he is taking this very seriously and is outraged by Romeo's intrusion. The actor should also use facial expressions to express Tybalt's anger at this point. The actor should, when first seeing Romeo, drop his jaw slightly to show he is shocked to see him. Romeo should be on the other side of the room, surrounded by guests at this point, oblivious to Tybalt as he mingles with other guests. Then, Tybalts face should be screwed up as he talks, as if he's confused as to why Romeo would even try to get away with gate-crashing his families party. ...read more.

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The actress playing the part of Juliet should at this point look into Romeos eyes to emphasise a connection between them whilst saying "Then have my lips the sin that they have took." Her eye contact with Romeo portrays the acceptance of Romeo's request. Also, that she is completely focused on him and the audience will recognise that they are oblivious to their surroundings which adds an exciting feel to the scene. Romeo should then lean in to kiss Juliet. This is the start of their romance and therefore must appear very romantic. This could be shown by both characters actions. Juliet should gently touch Romeo's cheek, move in towards him and close her eyes. Romeo should do the same. This early portrayal of love would shock the audience as most people would not act so quickly or fall in love so easily, which dramatises their relationship. There are many reasons why 'Romeo and Juliet' would have entertained an audience of the Elizabethan times. The themes introduced into the scenes are exciting and each scene is filled with dramatic events, although they are still easy to understand as the scenes are not too long. The characters are powerful and their main characteristics are highlighted by there actions and words. This allows the audience to relate to the characters and feel more involved in the play. ...read more.

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