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In the following essay, i will be looking at the first scene of the play and showing how all of the tension, violence, comedy and drama are set up - Romeo and Juliet.

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Introduction

William Shakespeare wrote his plays in the elezabethen time, audiences expected a diffrent experience from the theatre then they do today for example the crowd was ery noisy and would expect violence, comedy and a fun experience unlike today where the where the atmosphere is alot calmer. shakespeare had to be sute his plays were enjoyable to ala, from the common man to royalty. shakespeare often use to borrow stories to make his own. for example romeo nd julliet wasnt shakespeares idea, he had borrowed it. Romeo nd Julliet are from a fueding family, they are both in love with each other. they both end up doing suiside for thier love for each other. the fueding familys make up because of romeo nd julliets death. In the following essay, i will be looking at the first scene of the play and showing how all of the tension, violence, comedy and drama are set up. ...read more.

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The crowds of the Elizabethen period who would watch this play would of been evry pleased with the what the Capulets were talking about, they would of found it funny! Biting the thumb is a cuss and that is why it is soo offensive. When the bonvolio (a montegue) arrives he first calls for peace and that is why the fight doesnt start straight away "keep the peace" but tybalt (a capulet) is having none of it "talk of peace? i hate the word" then tybalt calls montegue's cowards and a fight breaks out. when tybalt says "talk of peace? i hate the word, as i ahte hell, all montegues, and thee: have at thee, coward" it is very important to the story because it is tybalt who gets killed by romeo, causing romeo to go away, which leads to the tradigy at the end. ...read more.

Conclusion

the elizabethan crowds responce to this would of been cheers because of the talk of sex. what this conversation with Benvolio tells us about romeo and his affair with juliet is that although he wanted sex at first from juliet he did fall in love with her. Thier is alot of violence in the first scene coz it would of got the crowd excited. Skaespeare switched from vioelnce to love in the same scene to introduce the subjects in the first scene to show this play would be a rollercoasster and a nail biter. We learn that the two families hate each other but i think shakespeare gives the montegues a better image a more likable image because it is men from the montegue side who call for peace and talk about love. we learn in this play love in the elixabethen time was more about sex. I think the reason we do not see juliet in the first chapter is not because she is female therefore inferior but more because the first scene is building up to her introduction. ...read more.

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