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I have been assigned the task of writing a set of director's notes for each of the characters playing Romeo, Juliet, Tybalt and Lord Capulet during Act1 Scene 5.

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Romeo and Juliet Assignment I have been assigned the task of writing a set of director's notes for each of the characters playing Romeo, Juliet, Tybalt and Lord Capulet during Act1 Scene 5. I am to try to explore the characters being played, their relationships and how their actions during the scene affect the rest of the play. Act1 scene5 is the scene where Romeo and Juliet meet. In spite of the play's title this is one of only a few scenes in which both Romeo and Juliet are present. Shakespeare prepares for this scene by showing Romeo's infatuation with Rosaline. She is the niece of Capulet and on the guest list, but she never appears in the play. Benvolio is Romeo's best friend and has promised to find Romeo a more attractive girl at the party. Juliet is there as Capulet wishes to give Count Paris a chance to meet her. This is the main reason for the party. Capulet's speech to Paris in Act1 Scene 5 suggests that Juliet has not been out of the house much, only perhaps to confession and worship. This maybe why only Paris (a family friend) has noticed her and Romeo has no idea who she is. Immediately before this scene Romeo has spoken of a fear that some terrible "consequence yet hanging in the stars" shall begin at "this night's revels" (the party). Because of the prologue the audience have some idea of what will happen, "A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows Doth with their death bury their parents' strife" They know this fear is more than just notional even before the scene. ...read more.

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Tybalt is an extremely aggressive character and sees it his place to uphold the family honour which is reflected in his manor of speech when referring to Romeo; "What dares the slave come hither, covered with an antic face, to fleer and scorn at our solemnity?", he feels Romeo has come to make a mockery of the Capulet household. Tybalts speech is also contains connotations of death "patience perforce with willful cholera meeting", " His behavior toward Romeo has been prepared for by the brawl in the first scene. Stage Directions These are for the actors playing Romeo, Juliet, Tybalt and Capulet and are in order of the scene. Capulet as he greets his guests We know Capulet is a powerful and respected figure, he is generally passive as we see later when he dismisses Tybalt's complaint about Romeo gate crashing the ball as he is a "virtuous and well governed youth". We also see an aggressive and quick tempered side to Capulet, when straight after he scornes Tybalt "You are a saucy boy, Be quiet or for shame! I'll make you quiet". It is because of this that guests greeting him should be polite and receptive to courtesy, almost relaxed but not completely. They might show signs of this by paying the old man much respect even compliments. It would be wise to remain in his good books. In the center of the stage should be a set of steps leading up to a large, open doorway. Through it stands Capulet smartly dressed. He should smile and warmly greet guests, mingling in between conversations every now and then, with a look of interest. ...read more.

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He should again have his eyes longingly fixed on Juliet but also have a shaken look of disbelief about him. "my life is in my foes debt" Romeo finds it hard to comprehend that the one he Loves so much could possibly be his enemy. Throughout this section, expressions on both the faces of Romeo and Juliet should be similar. Juliet is equally distraught at the prospect of her true Love being her sworn enemy. "My only love sprung from my only hate To early seen unknown and known too late Prodigious birth of love it is to me, That I must love a loathed enemy" While she says this Juliet must look longingly upward as if toward the skies and shake her head slowly at the final line. At the same time a quiet sigh of disbelief and a head hung should end this sentence. Romeo and Juliet each come from families with a deep hatred of one and other, the audience are aware of this because of the prologue. It is this scene when they both meet, and to begin an atmosphere of great hope for the two lovers. But no sooner do the audience become aware of this "star-crossed" love, they are reminded of the looming fate Romeo and Juliet are to suffer. This comes in the form of Tybalt, Juliet's cousin as he displays the very essence of the hatred between the two families. This uplift of hope for Romeo and Juliet is ever set down by the audiences knowledge of the tragic nature of the play. The audience already know Romeo and Juliet will fall in love, they also know further events mentioned in the prologue. This is a first step of these events unraveling. ...read more.

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