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In this essay I am going to be discussing the impact that the first scene of Romeo and Juliet has on the reader and what kind of image its gives the reader about the various characters that are involved in this action packed scene.

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English Essay Act 1-Scene 1 In this essay I am going to be discussing the impact that the first scene of Romeo and Juliet has on the reader and what kind of image its gives the reader about the various characters that are involved in this action packed scene. This scene gives the reader there first impression of the houses of Montague and Capulet. The Capulets are pictured as people with over inflated egos. This is emphasised in the Baz Luhrman film because you can clearly see the Montague's panicking when the Capulets begin to talk to them because they can dish out the language but when confronted they panic and speak aside to other about what to do next "Is the law of our side if I say ay?" Contrasted to this the Montague's are not boisterous and loud yet when they are confronted they get right in the face of the enemy "Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?" ...read more.

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This scene also gives us our first view of Prince Escales who appears on the scene of the fight when it has reached its most violent point. He bursts into the street and immediately takes charge of the situation and calms the fight between the Montagues and Capulets by threatening to have them all executed "Once more, on pain of death, all men depart" he gives the impact that he is a powerful authority figure and is instantly recognised as a main character. The Prince also gives a good foundation for the rest of the story to be built upon by exposing significant features of the feud. The final character to appear in this scene is Romeo himself, and although he was in no way involved with the previous brawl, he already knows what has occurred "O me! ...read more.

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Also in the Luhrman film they liven it up a bit by calling the guns sword 9mm's and that adds a small amount of humour to the action. The Shakespeare version also includes some mild entertainment even though it is a serious play write, it incorporates some humour into its structure through Lady Capulets ironical wit which she uses to remind her husband that he cannot swordfight at his age "a crutch....why call you for a sword" The dramatic impact mainly comes from the fight scene in general and Romeo's speeches. The fight starts the story with the feud kicking off in the middle of a street giving the story an action packed foundation. Romeo declares his love for an anonymous person (the fair Rosaline) which has a great impact on the rest of the story as it sparks off a chain of events relating to the meeting of Romeo and Juliet, hence the title! ...read more.

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