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In the opening scene of William Shakespeare's play, 'Romeo and Juliet' he introduces us to the Italian walled city of Verona in the north of Italy that is being ripped apart by two powerful noble families in a ancient feud.

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Romeo and Juliet Essay In the opening scene of William Shakespeare's play, 'Romeo and Juliet' he introduces us to the Italian walled city of Verona in the north of Italy that is being ripped apart by two powerful noble families in a ancient feud. Such things were common in the days when Italy was ruled by independent city-states and principalities. Shakespeare does not specify an exact date and so most people take it as being set in the late medieval - early renaissance. In the text the play opens with an unseen narrator giving a short description of the plays background and inviting the audience to watch. Such things were common in the writers' day as there was little or no scenery and props so descriptions were incorporated into the actors' dialogue. Shakespear very cleverly puts this description into a verse that both gives an overview of the story but still keeps an air of mystery around the play. He uses many references to 'fate', the 'star's and the 'heavens'. All these are symbols of mystery and incite you to want to know more. Shakespeare lived in a very superstitious time and many people would believe in the stars guiding peoples fates. ...read more.

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He brings his hands in clenches them in front of him as the spotlight turns red 'From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;' White lights come on just in front of the narrator, Romeo and Juliet lie on each other as if dead (mirroring the final scene. Whole misadventured piteous overthrows Do with their death bury their parents' strife. The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love, And the continuance of their parents' rage, All actors except the narrator leave the stage in darkness. Which, but their children's end, nought could remove, Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage; The which if you with patient ears attend, What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.' Narrator says the last line slowly, and finishes with a bow. He walks off the scene begins. Some music is playing, extras are dressed as peasants selling things at stalls, others are dressed as merchants walking around. From one end of the stage Gregory and Sampson enter, they are wearing red and white 17th century dress (breeches, tights etc...). They begin to walk around the stage blocks anticlockwise saying their lines, they stop occasionally to examine goods on some stalls. ...read more.

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They giggle and go off with him but Juliet stays. Suddenly a dancing tune strikes up and everyone take partners. Romeo with a different girl and Rosaline with the County Paris. They dance the jig and when they have to change partners Romeo and Juliet take each other. They spin into the centre of the stage. 'If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this; My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss' When he say this the lights dim on the rest of the scene but don't go fully out, a brighter spotlight shines on the two lovers, all freeze except Romeo and Juliet. At the far corner of the stage Capulet is talking to the two friars, I would have Lawrence look over Capulets shoulder at the pair and smile faintly. I would have it so that when the nurse enters the entire scene becomes unfrozen as if she has shattered the peaceful love of the couple rudely like how rudely the both loose their lives at the end of the play. At the end of the scene I would have Romeo rush out in upset at the discovery of Juliet's family name. ...read more.

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