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How to direct 'Romeo and Juliet'

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Introduction

Shakespeare Coursework My version of 'Romeo and Juliet' is set in Britain in 130 AD. This is just after the Romans have invaded Britain; Hadrian's Wall has been built to separate to separate the 'barbaric' Scottish tribes away from the 'civilised' Romans in England. In my story Juliet is the daughter of a Roman soldier, Capulet and Romeo is the son of a leader of one of the Scottish clans, Montague. Role-play That was the worst party I have ever been to. I can't believe he's done this to me. Actually I can't believe that they've both done is to me. I mean, it's only normal for me to want to kill a Montague, a Montague! Our foe! Why would he not let me? Especially a Montague that dares to come to our party. A barbarian at a Capulet party! What is the world coming to?! All I wanted to do as quickly finish him off. Stab him a couple of times and he would have been dead. Dead! Well, we all know that Romeo's no fighter, the weakling! If only I hadn't been near LORD Capulet, he would never have heard me say it and it would all be over and done with by now. ...read more.

Middle

'Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight; for I ne'er saw true beauty till this night' shows that he has completely forgotten about Rosaline and is totally in love with Juliet and this is done with the use of rhyme. Shakespeare had introduced the idea of courtly love earlier because Romeo was 'in love' with Rosaline, a girl totally out of his reach he had put her on a pedestal. She totally ignored his approaches and he was left to despair over her rejections. This section is very important because it is the beginning of their love and their doom. The theme is love. Romeo should stand in the shadows and when he sees her, take of his ask to get a better view of Juliet. Juliet is in the spotlight wearing a white dress that shimmers and reflects of the light as she moves. She notices Romeo and then romantic music starts playing, which will play every time they see each other. This is the instrumental violin music, sort of like what's used in Bahz Lurman's 'Romeo + Juliet'. In the fourth section the main characters are Tybalt and Capulet. Tybalt sees Romeo staring at Juliet and is furious that he dares attend a Capulet part. ...read more.

Conclusion

'He that can lay hold of her shall have the chinks' she says, giving Romeo a clue that Juliet is rich. It dawns on Romeo who Juliet is and his world comes crashing down 'Is she a Capulet?' The party music stops. He is devastated that one of the best things to have happened to him could also be the worst. Benvolio tries to tell him that it's all for the best but he's oblivious. The spotlight goes onto Juliet as she walks upstairs, away from him (even more out of reach). In the final section the music playing is still the romantic music remnant of the fifth section and Juliet wants to find out who Romeo is but she doesn't want to be too obvious. When the nurse returns an tells Juliet who Romeo is the music stops and she is very unhappy. 'My only love sprung from my only hate!' she says with despair. She knows that her father will never marry a Montague, a dreaded enemy. This is how marriage was in those times. The father picked out a man, usually of higher class for his daughter and she had little choice about whether she would marry him. A girl could be married at young ages such as fourteen or fifteen. She goes into her bedroom. The audience is left looking at an empty stage. ...read more.

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