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Explore Shakespeares presentation of violence in Act 1 Scene 1 and Act 3 Scene 1of Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet Essay: Explore Shakespeare's presentation of violence in Act 1 Scene 1 and Act 3 Scene 1of Romeo and Juliet In Romeo and Juliet 'A pair of star crossed lovers' from two rival house holds battle to keep their love. Set in Verona, the violence throughout the play increases the further on in their relationship we get. The violence starts in act 1 scene 1 when the servants of both the Capulet's and the Montague's have a disagreement which ends up in a fight. In act 3 scene 1 the anger towards the opposing family gets stronger when Tybalt murders Mercutio and then Romeo seeks revenge and murders Tybalt. At the beginning there is the Prologue which sums up the general plot of the play. This is written in verse, which is poetic and formal. 'two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona (where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny'. This contrasts to act 1 scene 1 because act 1 scene 1 is written in prose which is more informal then verse. ...read more.

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In my eyes Sampson really started the fight. I can tell this by 'let us take the law of our sides, let them begin' this tells us that Sampson is scheming and wants them to start the fight, so they don't get the blame. It also makes us feel that he is very aggressive and sly. Through out the scene 1.1 tension builds as more characters enter onto the stage. The first time we see the tension really build up is when Tybalt 'turn thee, Benvolio, look upon thy death' he threatens death upon Benvolio within his first line. It's almost as if he encourages the fight, looking for a reason to start the fight. Then when the prince enters his power is shown by the sudden complete drop in the tension and how much he can control them 'Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace,' At the time Shakespeare wrote this play it was the Elizabethan era. The audience would have picked up on language changes and juxtaposing a lot more easily. ...read more.

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'Zounds, consort!' he is taking the making fun out of Tybalt which we as the audience are sure that it is just going to make him mad. Like in the last scene the tension is built up when Tybalt enters the stage, as it does in this scene. We can tell this by Mercutio line '.By my heel I care not'. Romeo then brings the tension down again because he knows that it was not going to end well, which it doesn't. the fight then builds up the tension and it suddenly goes down when Mercutio gets stabbed. It contrasts to the first scene because in the first scene there is no serious violence where as this scene has a much higher calibre of violence. The beginning of the scene would have been very humorous to an Elizabethan audience where as the fight scene would have had them on the edge of their seats. In conclusion there are many ways in which Shakespeare uses violence in his play. He shows it to the audience through the actors and language and I the way it is performed. I think he did this so that we as reader and audience can see what he is trying to show without actually seeing it. ...read more.

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