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Directing Act 1 Scene 5 (Romeo & Juliet)

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Romeo and Juliet: Act I Scene V Para 1 Romeo and Juliet is a love tragedy play written by William Shakespeare. The play is about a families feud between the Montague's and the Capulet's. Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet. They both meet and instantly fell in love at the Capulet Ball (Act 1 Scene 5). The story ends with Romeo and Juliet's death, however, results in the family feud ending. This is known as a Shakespearian tragedy, because tragedies usually involve separation and death, and this play has a lot to do with that - Romeo and Juliet dying, and Romeo being separated from Juliet as he is banished from Verona. Shakespeare has to consider how to structure the scene very cautiously, since Romeo and Juliet first met in this scene. The structure of this scene would have had an effect on how the rest of the play is portrayed. Para 2 The scene that I'm directing is Act 1 Scene 5 - the scene in which Romeo and Juliet first meet and fall in love. ...read more.


and he compares his lips to pilgrims that can 'smooth' away the 'rough touch' of his hand with a 'tender' kiss. When we use 'Gentle Sin', gentle could mean noble (16th Century), whereas, 'sin' is considered the opposite of noble. Juliet response by saying 'Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much...palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss.' Juliet describes that when you hold hands, it is the right kind of kiss for pilgrims. Also, it seems Juliet wants Romeo and her to be equal. In this scene, if Romeo fell to his knees while Juliet is standing up, it may suggest that Juliet is more important than Romeo. Romeo repsonds to Juliet by saying '...then move not, while my prayers effect I take'. This allows Romeo to ask for permission to let his lips do what his hands are allowed to do. When Romeo kisses her, Juliet says she has received the sin he has 'purged' (removed) from himself. Cleverly, Romeo insists that he must take it back (the sin) ...read more.


When Tybalt finds out Romeo has gate crashed the party, he is fuming with anger. Para 4 To have a comical twist, I would have Rosaline and Benvolio, passionately kissing in the background. Even though Romeo describes Rosaline as his 'only love' he is too star struck by Juliet to notice the drama behind him. This just shows how immature Romeo can be. At first he says Rosaline is his true love and '...this love feel I, that feel no love in this' but then as soon as he sees someone more beautiful - Juliet, he forgets all about Rosaline and feels he's seen his first true love (again!) 'Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.' Paris could also, be in the seen as a non-speaking role. He could be trying to woo Juliet not realising that Juliet is not interested. Moreover, it would be bunny if Paris thought he could dance but all he does is embarrass himself. I would do this so the atmosphere is light. Tensions are running high with Romeo and Juliet's intense love and Tybalt's anger. Putting a comical twist would lighten the mood. I feel it would be more effective. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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This essay shows some understanding of character but is a superficial response that lacks any real depth. If you are going to write about the presentation of characters and how they should be directed on stage then there needs to be more emphasis on this in the essay with links being made to Shakespeare's original stage directions.

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