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How does Shakespeare use language, characters and dramatic structures to introduce the theme of conflict in Act One Scene One?

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How does Shakespeare use language, characters and dramatic structures to introduce the theme of conflict in Act One Scene One? The Globe Theatre was different to modern theatres as it was an Elizabethan stage. It was a circular wooden building with a paved courtyard with the middle open to the sky. A rectangular stage stuck out from the side of the building into the middle of the yard. The poor audience stood in the yard to watch the play but the wealthier audience were seated in the three covered tiers or balconies on the sides overlooking the pit and the stage. The theatre could hold up to three thousand spectators, where our present theatres only hold up to seven hundred spectators. The problem with the Globe Theatre was that it wasn't a comfortable theatre, with a lot of restricted viewing seats. Also when there's bad weather most people would experience it. One of Shakespeare's plays shown at the Globe Theatre was Romeo and Juliet. Most of Shakespeare's audience already knew what Romeo and Juliet were about. The writer Arthur Brooke translated a popular story into English called 'The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet' in 1562. ...read more.

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'If ever you disturb our streets again Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace.' In the next section of the scene the main type conflict is parent vs. children because Lord and Lady Montague are discussing the problem of their son Romeo with Benvolio and asking him if he could find out the matter with their son. 'But to himself so secret and so close, So far from sounding and discovery,' this quote shows that Lord and Lady Montague are worried about their son because the have noticed that he acting secretly and going places where he can not be found by them. In the next part of the scene when Romeo is talking to Benvolio the main type of conflict is personal conflict between Romeo's conflicting feelings. 'Out of her favour where I am in love.' Romeo is implying that he is in love but she does not return it. Shakespeare introduces so many different types of conflict in the first scene because it makes the play become interesting and makes it sound complex. The first thought we have of Benvolio from his first line 'Part, fools, put up your swords, you know what you do' is that he is a peacemaker. ...read more.

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Desire (Servants Duty vs. Desire), People vs. The Law (Houses vs. Prince), Love vs. Hate (Romeo's love for Juliet vs. His hate for Capulet) and Friends vs. Friends (Romeo vs. Benvolio). Shakespeare has used a variety of methods to introduce these types of conflict. The opening feud captured the audience's attention and gets them ready for the rest of the play. The conflict then eases off the feud but does not loses the audience's attention as it introduces them more to the main points of the story. Shakespeare introduced so many types of conflict in the first scene to keep the audience interested and entertained. These types of conflict introduced in Act One Scene One link to the rest of the play because it shows the relationships between the characters which are important to the rest of the play. The different types of conflict that each character experiences defines their personality. I think that Shakespeare has introduced the theme of conflict well and effectively in the first scene. The beginning captures the audience's interest, it reveals some of the main characters personalities and prepares the audience for the rest of the play. The second half of the scene switches its focuses on the theme feuding and violence to the play's other key theme which is love. I thought Shakespeare had done that rather successfully. ?? ?? ?? ?? Anisha Gulabkhan ...read more.

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