• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does the violence and conflict in Act 1, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet prepare the audience for the events which are to unfold later in the play?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How does the violence and conflict in Act 1, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet prepare the audience for the events which are to unfold later in the play? The play starts off with a prologue that lets the audience know everything that will take place in the play later on. This interests the audience into wanting to know how these events come to place. Although the prologue gives away the story, it is only brief and people still get intrigued by how the play unfolds. In Act 1, Scene 1 there is violence and conflict between the two families, the Montagues and the Capulets. ...read more.

Middle

When Capulet arrives he calls for his sword, "give me my long sword ho". He has seen that there is a Montague and wants to kill him but Lady Capulet tries to talk him out of it briefly until Montague appears. The Prince arrives and his part is mainly to explain the grudge between the two families to the audience. After he leaves Montague asks Benvolio what happened. Benvolio tells the truth of what happened. All of this violence and conflict is continued throughout the play. For example in Act 1, Scene 5 Tybalt spots Romeo at the party and he goes to tell Capulet. Tybalt is outraged by Romeo's presence but is not allowed to do anything because Capulet won't let him. ...read more.

Conclusion

Another example is in Act 2, Scene 6 where Friar Laurence says "these violent delights have violent ends," these are words of prophecy which echoes the prophetic language used in Act 1, Scene 1 by Benvolio. Overall the violence and conflict in Act 1, Scene 1 mildly sets the scene for the fights and deaths to come later on in the play. These fights cause many deaths of characters such as Tybalt and Mercutio and they also ruin people. Romeo is banished because of violence and can never see Juliet again. Juliet is confused because she loves Romeo but he killed her cousin. So in the violence and conflict throughout the play affects all of the other characters in the end which proves Friar Laurence's prophetic line above. Matt Adams ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. Romeo and Juliet How successful does Shakespeare use Act One to prepare the audience ...

    The chorus rather than a character speaks the prologue because it is more like a narrator and this distances the characters. It is written as a sonnet because this gives the prologue a more formal atmosphere. The prologue introduces us to the play and what it's about.

  2. How does Shakespeare present the character of Capulet to the audience in Act 1 ...

    At the time Capulet turns very obedient. He respects authority; there is an example of this, when the prince is speaking. Capulet doesn't interrupt to give his argument. Maybe this is because he knows that he can be punished. This could mean that the prince could take some of his family away.

  1. "Describe what happens in the Capulet party scene (Act 1 Scene 5) that prepares ...

    Shakespeare sets act 1 scene 5 in the Capulet's opulent and luxurious home. At the start of the scene details about the masked ball are given to create a sense of atmosphere. Lord Capulet expects every one to dance and enjoy the party atmosphere.

  2. How does the prologue and act one interest the audience and prepare Romeo and ...

    The marriage between Paris and Juliet will eventually lead Juliet to desperation. It is clear from the prologue that the marriage between Juliet and Paris will not be successful. The audience would guess this and would like to find out what happens in the end.

  1. How does Shakespeare show conflict, violence and build tension in act 1 scene 1 ...

    Likewise in act 3 scene 1 Tybalt is also shown to mock the status of the Montagues by saying 'Gentlemen, good den' the word 'gentlemen' is usually used when addressing someone politely however in this case it is shown to be taunting the status of the Montagues.

  2. How do the Prologue and Act 1, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet prepare ...

    Their love was so strong that they were willing to go against years of hatred between their families and try to make things work. As the word "households" implies, many of the relationships in the play are based on the concept of extended families.

  1. How does Shakespeare prepare the audience for the final scene of the play?

    Tybalt wants to fight Romeo but Romeo says no as he is now part of Tybalt's family as he and Juliet are cousins. Tybalt does not know that Romeo and Juliet are married. Nor does anyone else except the nurse and Friar Lawrence.

  2. In what ways does the opening of the play prepare the audience for the ...

    "Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace." He threatens that if anyone was to be caught fighting they would be killed and this does eventually come true, but not in the way we expect. This creates tension and effect as the audience is given a warning of what may happen in the future.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work