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Olle Muronde GCSE English Coursework "Romeo and Juliet" Romeo and Juliet is a play written in 1595 by William Shakespeare. It is probably his most famous play and is widely considered to be one of the greatest plays of all time. The play is set in the in the city of Verona and focuses around two star crossed lovers Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet who come from powerful rival families and although they find love in one another, due to adverse circumstances they both die in the Capulet's tomb and their lives become the ultimate price for their feuding families to pay. Although written in the 16th century "Romeo and Juliet" has remained popular with audiences because of its language, imagery and themes which still affect us today. The main themes in the play are love, hate and death. In my coursework I will consider the dramatic effect of two major scenes in the play Act 1 scene 5 the ball scene and Act 2 Scene 2 the famous balcony scene. Question: Consider the dramatic effect on the audience of the ball scene. In my opinion Act 1 Scene 5 is a crucial and arguably the most important scene in the play it is the scene which sets up the three main themes of the play. ...read more.


This feeling of his seems genuine as back in Shakespeare's time, referring to someone as a bright light ("O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!") was the greatest compliment you could get. Romeo says this as he believes that Juliet's beauty stands out more than anyone else at the ball which adds to the powerful words, which Romeo uses to emphasise the point of how beautiful Juliet is. Romeo then goes on to say "Her beauty is too good for this world "O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do; They pray grant thou, lest faith turn to despair." This shows that Romeo is truly in love with Juliet as he asks her to kiss him The scene ends with Juliet finding out that Romeo is a Montague "My only love sprung from my only hate! That I must love a loathed enemy" This leaves the play at a cliff-hanger with the audience excited waiting to see what happens with several questions left unanswered. I would dress the characters' going to Capulet's ball in big clothes with bright colours and jewellery as these were a sign of wealth in Elizabethan times. I would also make the rooms that the people were in be full of vases antiques and art as these things also represented great wealth Act 2 scene 2 Act 2 scene two commonly referred to ...read more.


Tybalt threatens to kill Romeo but he is then killed by Romeo later on in the play. The theme of love also commences in this scene as Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love. The theme of love leads to the secret marriage of Romeo and Juliet. Love also leads to the theme off tragedy as Romeo is misinformed and believes that Juliet is dead. On the other hand, the balcony scene (Act 2 scene 2), possesses the most dramatic effects out of the two. This scene has lots of very powerful speeches which dramatically change the play's atmosphere. For example, after the lovers found out that they are enemies, tension is created but when; Juliet protests her love for Romeo, the atmosphere changes to love. The audience would feel excited at the end of the scene because Romeo and Juliet are about to do something that will entirely change their destiny in life which is getting married. The audience would already know at this point that this decision of theirs will lead to their death in the end from the prologue. The questions and thoughts they are left with are will they marry, when and how will they make their relationship work in light of their parents' feud. I think the scene was particularly dramatic because the audience are given a great chance in this scene to feel the deep and meaningful love that the star-crossed lovers feel for each other through their powerful love speeches. ...read more.

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