• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
Page
  1. 1
    1
  2. 2
    2
  3. 3
    3
  4. 4
    4
  5. 5
    5
  6. 6
    6
  7. 7
    7
  8. 8
    8
  9. 9
    9

Romeo and juliet

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Study 3 scenes from act 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet' analyse their importance in terms of plot, character and theme. Roll up, Roll up, the most amazing production around, tragedy, humour, blood, death and love, all on show at the globe theatre, London. Imagine yourself the year is 1594, it's the Elizabethan era and Shakespeare has released his new play, 'Romeo and Juliet', the most successful ever released. The location is south of the river Thames and crowds of people are gathered. The atmosphere is ecstatic, this was the place to be! The scene above is a description of a typical occurrence of a night within the Elizabethan era, crowds of people would flock to the theatre to enjoy plays of many themes, this was considered a social gathering and a time of fun. The play writers, including Shakespeare had great fun presenting plays to audiences, using a variety of humour, images, ideas and themes, this mixture and presentation was particularly true within, 'Romeo and Juliet'. The prologue was a convention of the Elizabethan tragedies, it was not present in all of Shakespeare's plays but was within, 'Romeo and Juliet'. The prologue wasn't considered alien, instead it was a recognisable feature. Before the performance even begins the audience are given an insight into the forthcoming events. The prologue contains a basic and brief overview of the plot. However it doesn't just inform, it also delivers the key themes and ideas of the play. The prologue grabs the audience's attention, diverting them to the action on stage, it calms them down, creating the right atmosphere. Many of the themes of the play are introduced, so even at this very early stage the audience are aware of what to expect. The more able audience members would have been able to make comparisons to the plot given within the prologue to the actual happenings later in the play. ...read more.

Middle

Other techniques are used within the scene and these include, dramatic irony, repetition, rhyme, all used to create different levels of meaning, and to create a 'voice' that speaks trough the writing. The Prince makes a speech within scene 1, which helps to stop the public fighting and riots. The speech gives the audience an insight into later events, as they become aware that a death will happen, the insight comes when the prince says, "Your lives shall forfeit of the peace", the language links to the theme of death, The prince's speech also demonstrates the anger and conflict between the two families, he says, "Purple fountains issuing from your veins", a nice image for the audience to help imagine and picture the scene that Shakespeare wanted to create. The characters within the play of 'Romeo and Juliet' play probably the biggest role, it is their job to convey the plot to the audience in an appropriate way so that both the audience are entertained, and at the same time aware of emotion etc. Within scene 1 the main characters that the audience meet are; Tybalt, Benvolio and Romeo, these characters are all important because they all contribute to the plot, they link to the themes of the play, and they are all individuals, they all have their own characteristics and behaviour, which makes interesting viewing for the audience. Tybalt's short temper leads to a public fight, the audience learns a great deal about his character even though he only says five lines. Before Romeo meets the love of his life, 'Juliet', the audience are exposed to a different emotion from his character, although he has not yet been met or introduced, the audience become aware of his love sickness and his feeling of being unwanted. Montague says, "Shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out", the audience are aware of the typical reason for this being done, which links to the theme of love. ...read more.

Conclusion

Metaphors are also used, "Verona's summer hath not such a flower", and this adds imagery allowing the audience to imagine the scene that is being described. This variety of techniques that Shakespeare used adds real emphasis on the characters, the language and the themes of the play. Within Scene 3 there are many contrasting things, an example being the idea of inside and outside, Lady Capulet says, "To beautify him, only lacks a cover", this refers to a belief that beauty within is shown by beauty on the outside, the language links to theme of love as Lady Capulet wants Juliet to marry Paris. The opposites are not just isolated to Scene 3, they appear throughout the play, other opposites include the idea of Love and Hatred, black and white, Youth versus age, fast versus slow, and so on, these contrasting ideas coexisting makes the play more interesting and exciting for the audience, making them focus more on the happenings on stage. Scene 3 is important because it leads up to feast, like scene 1 and scene 2 the plot is focused around the build up to the feast at the Capulet's Mansion. The audience can sense a feeling of urgency amongst the characters, Lady Capulet says, "Speak briefly", this follows the sense of urgency adding to the build up to the feast. The build up within scene 3 is important because it introduces ideas to the audience which will be of more relevance at the end of act 1, the audience are also prepared for the upcoming events, this follows the introductory events idea from the prologue and scene 1. The end of scene 3 includes sexual references linked to the theme of love, the nurse says, "Go, girl, seek happy nights to happy days", the language links to the theme of love as the nurse talks about Juliet finding true love to make a marriage with. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. Discuss the role of the Nurse in 'Romeo and Juliet'. You may wish to ...

    If I were to direct the play, I would have her wearing a modern day medical nurse's uniform. So that she is well presented and looks professional in her job. The Nurse is rude and unthoughtful to Mercutio and she makes puns.

  2. Discuss Shakespeare's use of contrast in 'Romeo and Juliet', commenting on language, character, plot ...

    has come to tell Romeo that it is Juliet who is dead. Shakespeare often uses the language to reflect the themes of the play. Probably the cleverest way language is used in this play is to show the contrast between language and reality.

  1. Explain How the Theme of Conflict is Explored in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'

    He must also not fight after the Prince's warning, "once more, on pain of death" (Act 1, Scene 1) meaning that if either Capulet or Montague disturbs the streets of Verona again, then their lives will pay the price. This threat from the Prince heightens the tension in the play

  2. To what extent are Conflict and Love inextricably linked in the play 'Romeo and ...

    This is the end of Act One, Scene One, ending a scene of love and conflict, proving that conflict can be followed by love, and that there is even a link between the two, even in such obscure circumstances. In Romeo and Juliet, when Shakespeare wrote the play, he created a lot of conflict.

  1. Romeo and Juliet theatre production essay.

    Therefore, these sound effects would not only create audience anticipation and add excitement, as the spectators await the opening of the play, but also more importantly inform the audience that the start of the play was commencing, additionally this way the spectators would not get lost between the scenes.

  2. Discuss the dramatic effect of the contrasts and opposites in Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo is an enemy of her family declares that she must "love loathed enemy": Later, after their encounter at her balcony, Juliet cannot bear to say goodbye and the striking expression, "Parting is such sweet sorrow" again reinforces to the audience how their love is from the start tinged with sadness.

  1. Violence and conflict are central to Romeo and Juliet. Discuss this theme with reference ...

    to make bold withal, and as you shall use me hereafter, drybeat the rest of the eight."

  2. In the scenes with Lady Capulet, Juliet and the Nurse, Shakespeare presents his audience ...

    The Nurse has lost her own daughter, as we find out in the phrase, "Susan and she - God rest all Christian Souls! - were of an age." Perhaps her relationship with Juliet is compensation for this. In Act 1 Scene 5, our faith in the relationship between Juliet and the Nurse is briefly but strongly reinforced.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work