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Analyse the Dramatic Presentation of Romeo in Act 1

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Analyse the Dramatic Presentation of Romeo in Act 1 Romeo and Juliet is possibly one of the most well known plays in Britain. It was written by William Shakespeare possibly between 1594 and 1596 during his time as a playwright. It is one of Shakespeare's most tragic plays. The play is about the on-going feud between the Montague and the Capulet households, set in the Italian city of Verona. The son and daughter of the opposing households fall in love but because of the feud, they are forced to keep their love and marriage a secret. All of this deception eventually leads to a tragic end to both their lives. The Montague and the Capulet households have been feuding for a very long time. The prologue to the story opens by saying, "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny" which shows us that they have been fighting for a very long time and they are continuing with no indication that either of them are going to stop. The opening scene of the play jumps straight into a fight scene to emphasise the feud between the two families and the extent of the rivalry, as even the servants get involved. Romeo although a member of the Montague household, is not as violent as the rest of the family and tries to avoid fighting when possible. Romeo chooses to not get involved in the fighting as much as the other characters such as a Tybalt and Benvolio that I think are put in the play to show how Romeo is a lot different to everybody else. ...read more.


The first quotation is saying that he wants to go home, as he doesn't feel like the bother of gate crashing a party; the second quotation is that he is feeling downhearted and is certainly not in a partying mood. Mercutio tries to cheer up Romeo becoming fanciful until Romeo can take no more and he stops him by saying "peace peace Mercutio peace! Thou talkest of nothing". Mercutio was successful in trying to cheer Romeo up and eventually Romeo reluctantly agrees to go to the party. Before Romeo agrees to go the party, he reveals that he has had a premonition that he will die a premature death Other people in the play do respect Romeo and this is best shown through Capulet (the head of the Capulet household), as he says, even being the head of the opposite rival house that Romeo says that "A bears him a portly gentleman; and to say truth, Verona brags of him to be a virtuous and well governed youth". A "portly gentleman" is someone who is dignified. In that quotation, it also explains to us that the city of Verona think very highly of him as well this is possibly because he is one of the only people out of the two families who doesn't necessarily agree with the fighting. Although Capulet was being very nice about Romeo this was probably influenced a great deal by the situation that he was in, if any fights broke out between the households it would be his head on the line by declaration of the death penalty. ...read more.


However, in saying that Romeo's love is one of the main reasons that there is an enticed anger and violence between the two houses. In saying that he loves Juliet, Tybalt vows that he will kill him. "Star-crossed lovers" is the third theme of the play and is maybe the most important of all four of the themes. The inevitability of the fate of the two characters (not necessarily the death of) as a very big part of the play and it was the build up to the end, which actually made the play even though everybody knew already what was likely to happen. The scene was set with the ancient grudge between the two households and as soon as the audience found out that, the love of Romeo and Juliet was between Montague and Capulet they all knew that it was going to be a tragic and interesting story that inevitability ends. Sympathy towards the two characters is what Shakespeare is trying to make you feel throughout the whole play and I think that he achieves this with a great deal of success. Romeos individuality thorough-out the play is very important. He is always trying to stop the feuding between the families whether this is through not taking part in the fighting or trying to defy the conflict by having a love affair with a member of the opposite house, either way Romeo is creating conflicts though maybe inadvertently for example by not fighting Tybalt the untimely end to Mercutio and Tybalt comes about as Tybalt gets very frustrated and tries to fight and cause conflict anyway. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ashley Woof ...read more.

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