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In this essay I will be writing about how I would direct Shakespeares play Romeo and Juliet. My focus will be mainly on Act 1 Scene 5, when the protagonists Romeo and Juliet first meet.

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English Shakespeare coursework In this essay I will be writing about how I would direct Shakespeare's play 'Romeo and Juliet'. My focus will be mainly on Act 1 Scene 5, when the protagonists Romeo and Juliet first meet. In 'Romeo and Juliet' Shakespeare intended to entertain the audience with a love story. In the era that it was written some parts of the play would be viewed as comical, the comedy used is to break up the mood and set tension. Romeo and Juliet's love would have been seen as an unacceptable misfortune and would have been frowned upon. However, it could also be viewed rather amusingly because in those days girls didn't have the right to choose their husbands they would have been given suitors. This is reflected in the play because Juliet's intended suitor is Paris. Their love also emphasizes the family rivalry between the Capulets and Montagues. Family rivalries were more common in those days than now. My adaptation would set in modern times because I feel that it would appeal to more people, it would be set in a small rural village. I would set it in a rural village because then I could represent the families' rivalry by having Capulet and Montague running for mayor. Because both families are running for mayor this would in addition represent the equal status they have. ...read more.

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I think that I would make the actors playing Romeo and Juliet gay so that chemistry is more distinguished and believable between them in the sonnet. On the other hand to make it amusing, I may give them no chemistry. The sonnet between the protagonists is a very important part of the play. I believe Shakespeare used a sonnet (14 line poem) because they are usually associated with love. I think that another reason Shakespeare used a sonnet is because it was a very familiar rhyme scheme in those days because sonnets were very popular, because the rhyme scheme was recognisable then it meant the audience would respond to it knowing what it was. The sonnet emphasises the love and chemistry between them which is very important to portray. In my adaptation I will direct the sonnet by setting it in the middle of the party scene and to continue the comedy make everyone around them oblivious to what is going on and vice versa. To portray this I will make the camera focus on the protagonists when they are talking and make surroundings look blurred and out of focus. Also to emphasise the fact that everyone is unaware of what they are doing I will have other characters, for instance lady Capulet, the Nurse or Tybalt passing by looking for them. ...read more.

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I would do this by making the changes in tension much more dramatic and noticeable. I would keep the tension so that it is relevant to Shakespeare's original. I would set it in a modern rural village because then I can have Capulet and Montague running for mayor therefore giving them the equal status needed. To include imagery I would have landscape shots of the village between scenes. The village would have a mansion at either end; one for each family. I would also have imagery in pictures in the mansions like pictures of the family and family trees. I would use pathetic fallacy as much as possible but I would use it oppositely to make it comical; for example if Romeo and Juliet were to kiss outside then instead of making it really sunny I would make it pour down with rain. To stop it looking too miserable I would keep it quite bright and have a rainbow. I would keep the Shakespearean language throughout but have some modern phrases in there too; I wouldn't put too much modern language in because it won't make as much sense. Although changing the language to make it more modern would make it easier to follow for a modern audience it would also be difficult to translate and would take a long time. It also defies the point of it being an adaptation of Shakespeare's work because he is famous for his use of language. ?? ?? ?? ?? Emerald Muschamp 10Jp 24/04/08 ...read more.

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