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Focusing on Dramatic Features of the Text and Dramatic Ideas of Your Own how would you Ensure that the First Meeting of Romeo and Juliet was as Powerful on Stage as Possible?

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Focusing on Dramatic Features of the Text and Dramatic Ideas of Your Own how would you Ensure that the First Meeting of Romeo and Juliet was as Powerful on Stage as Possible? In "Romeo and Juliet", Shakespeare uses various means to make the first meeting of Romeo and Juliet as powerful on stage as possible. The play begins with a prologue, which on its own is not very significant. However, with a prophecy of "star crossed lovers" undertaking a "fearful passage of their death-marked love", an atmosphere of expectancy is created. The audience would anticipate the meeting of the lovers whom fate has brought together, and this creates tension in the audience, which builds up as they wait for the couple to meet. The first scene of the play is very violent - which is surprising for a romantic play. Also the audience is introduced first hand to the bitter hatred between the Montagues and Capulets. ...read more.

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Furthermore, the meeting of Romeo and Juliet is made more powerful by the use of religious imagery. Romeo compares Juliet to a saint and more religious references are made throughout their conversation (profane, holy, shrine, sin, pilgrims, devotion, palmers, faith, purged, trespass). The reason for using religious imagery is to show the audience the strength of their emotion and the love they feel for each other; also it is showing that their love is worthy to be supported. A director of the early scenes of the play could use visual and audio effects to make the meeting more powerful. Visual and audio effects would be more powerful than subtle things, which can be recognised in text such as sonnets (this would apply to a modern audience who would not be accustomed to different styles of poetry such as sonnets). At the beginning of the play some clear contrasts are established, some of the most obvious are hate, aggression, love and tranquility. ...read more.

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This music builds up gradually and ends abruptly at the meeting of Romeo and Juliet. This music would increase in erraticness or tempo when there is a scene such as when Tybalt wanted to pick a fight with Romeo for attending the party, this would be part of the build up. This would serve the purpose of engaging the audience in the emotion of the coming scene. This in turn would make the scene more dramatic. Lighting would also play a key role in this scene, in turn with the music increasing in volume the lighting would decrease in brightness gradually and by the meeting there would only be enough light to make out figures of the characters on stage. At this point - when Romeo and Juliet meet, a spotlight would be shone on them. This signifies the importance of this meeting and focuses the attention of the audience making the scene very powerful as it grabs the attention of the audience. ...read more.

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