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Compare and Contrast 3 scenes in Romeo and Juliet from the point of view of the dramatic impact they make upon an Elizabethan

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Compare and Contrast 3 scenes in Romeo and Juliet from the point of view of the dramatic impact they make upon an Elizabethan audience. At the time Romeo and Juliet was written and would have been first performed would be in Elizabethan times. Elizabethan theatres had no lights, no curtains, because of this something had o happen at the start to gain immediate attention from the audience. Before the play would have started people in the theatre would have been walking around chatting to their friends, because of this and the fact there were no lights or curtains to show that the play had begun, Shakespeare had to use a dramatic beginning to get the audience to be quiet. Act One Scene One begins with a Chorus informing the audience of what happens in the play and telling them all the relevant background information such as where the play is set. "Two households alike in dignity, (In fair Verona where lay our scene)" The play opens with sexual language and sexual innuendos which will immediately gain the Elizabethans attention, as they were known to have a good sense of humour, also a fight on stage between Capulets and Montagues would catch the audiences attention. Overall it would be a very dramatic opening that would have a great dramatic impact on the audience. An example of a smutty joke that would gain the audiences attention would be when Sampson (a servant to the Capulet) says: "My naked weapon is out" Although he means his sword, Elizabethans would interpret it differently making them interested in the play. As we read more into the play we get into the political side which has a huge dramatic impact on the Elizabethan audience. During the fight the Prince of Verona, Escales, makes a speech on the dangers of civil war and explains the consequences if they fight again. ...read more.

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After Juliet and her mother have had a deep conversation about this, Lady Capulet informs Juliet of some good news, how Capulet Juliet's father has arranged for Juliet to marry Parris. Juliet knows that she cannot do this as she is already married; therefore she stands up to her parents. This has a huge dramatic impact on the Elizabethan audience as they believed in being strong and standing up for themselves. Juliet's mother is shocked by the news that when Capulet comes in she explains what has happened. "Ay sir, but she will none, she gives you thanks, I would the fool married to her grave" It shows that Lady Capulet is disgusted by Juliet's behaviour and Capulet tells Juliet he wishes he never had her. "That God had lent us but this only child" This huge dramatic impact on the Elizabethan audience and puts them into a state of shock at the clash between Juliet and her father. After Capulet has told Juliet he wishes he never had her the Nurse tries to defend Juliet from her father as she understands what Juliet's state of mind must be like because she is the only one who knows about the marriage. Capulet has a violent reaction to this telling her she is "a mumbling fool" Once Capulet leaves, Juliet turns to the Nurse for advice. This has a huge dramatic impact on the audience, as the Elizabethans would understand how Juliet is closer to the nurse rather than her mum as some of the Elizabethans were in the same situation and would understand why Juliet is closer to the Nurse. Juliet is stuck in a situation where she wants to please her parents but she loves Romeo. Nurse advises her to marry Parris after all Romeo is out of the picture as he has been banished. "Your first is dead, or 'twere as good he was, As living here, and you no use of him' She also tells Juliet that Parris is better than Romeo and to marry Parris. ...read more.

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There is also a huge dramatic impact of the reconciliation of the Capulet's and Montague's. "O brother Montague, give me thy hand," As a gesture of the peace making both families say they will raise statues of each others loss's in memory of them and to represent the peace. Elizabethans would not know whether to accept there sincerity as it is unlikely that they would be able to put there past behind them so soon. The princes last speech is also dramatic although they have made up it is an extremely sad day and a time for mourning. "A glooming peace this morning with it brings, The sun for sorrow will not show his head: Go hence to have more talk of these sad things, Some shell be paradon'd, and some punished For never a story of more woe, Than this of Juliet and her Romeo" All in all Romeo and Juliet is a very dramatic play although all the three scenes that I studied are very dramatic for there different reasons. Act one scene one was exciting and tense to grip the Elizabethan audience with fights etc. Act three scene five was emotional with the wedding and the banishment of Romeo, him and Juliet having to say their goodbyes, and Act five scene three was an utter tragedy, with the death of both Romeo and Juliet. The scenes all change from either a dramatic high to low or low to high this is how Shakespeare controls the emotions of his audience and keeps them interested. Realistically the ending wasn't acceptable because it is unlikely that Capulet's and Montague's would have put a side all anger and hate straight away and it would probably end up in another competition about who had the best statue which could then turn into another fight. But Shakespeare did this to give the audience what they want - a happy ending, although if the story had ended on a tragedy it may have given a hopeful feeling that the people will learn from it and think twice about arguments. ?? ?? ?? ?? Cara Johnson GCSE English ...read more.

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