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I have been asked to envision that I am a director and direct Act 2 scene 2 and Act 3 scene 5 from 'Romeo and Juliet' written by William Shakespeare.

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'Romeo & Juliet' I have been asked to envision that I am a director and direct Act 2 scene 2 and Act 3 scene 5 from 'Romeo and Juliet' written by William Shakespeare. "Romeo and Juliet" is thought to have been written in 1595 or 1596. The story is about a pair of star-crossed lovers. Two teenagers pursue their love for each other despite the fact that their families have been at odds with each other for decades. The story combines sword fighting, disguise, misunderstanding, tragedy, humour, and some of the most romantic language found in literature all in the name of true love. The story begins with Romeo taking a walk under the grove of a sycamore tress in the early Sunday morning mist. Then later the servants of the two families (Montagues and Capulets) have a street brawl with drawn swords. Romeo (Montague), who is in love with Rosaline, goes to a party in an effort to forget her or to ease his broken heart. At this party he met Juliet, and immediately fell in love with her. He later finds out that she is a Capulet, the rival family of the Montagues. He decides that he loves her anyway and they confess their love for each other and they agree to secretly marry the next day. ...read more.

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The audience has also been made aware of the historical and cultural techniques he has used. This scene is the turning point in the play, where events and promises which occur, dramatically influence the catastrophic ending of the play. This scene also enables us to look closely at Shakespeare's language. However, the language used is romantic, but at the same time elaborate, in the way that Juliet is spoken of. He uses clich��d, formal, beautiful verse, but whenever Shakespeare speaks, we are made very aware that Romeo wants to have sex. We can see this in the quote on Line 24, Act 2, Scene 2. "O that I were a glove upon that hand, That I might touch that cheek." This is how I would direct Act 2 Scene 2 of the play 'Romeo and Juliet', When Romeo first sees Juliet you can see he is admiring her as he says on lines 2-3: "But soft what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun." For this opening of the balcony scene, I would fade in light throughout the scene as to simulate the sun rising. I would have Romeo wearing a tunic suit, as from Shakespearean times. ...read more.

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Above the doors at either end of the stage will be balconies for the musicians to sit and provide sound effects at particular moments through the scene, especially at the moment where Mercutio is stabbed and is lying on the floor dead. As for means of injuries and realistic appearance of them I think that as long as the quality of acting is superior it would be believable as to what injuries were occurring. To aid the actors in achieving this I would place a sheep's stomach behind the clothing so once pierced it would look like the actor is really bleeding and actually has been stabbed. Obviously each part will be played by a male as women were forbidden from the stage in the Shakespearian period. This wouldn't have posed a problem to this particular scene but is an appropriate detail to take into account. An example of one of the metaphors in act 3 scene 5 is on lines 6-11 early on in the scene is, "Nights candles are burnt out". This refers to the stars disappearing as daybreaks. It could also be a pun in meaning the actual candles of the night are burnt out and come to an end. Plays on words like this are good things to include into a play because they add to the audiences enjoyment. Page 2 of 1 ...read more.

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