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Romeo And Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet essay. The dramatic significance of the first scene in any play is that it sets the scene, introduces the audience to the key themes and characters, and creates the atmosphere of the play. In Romeo and Juliet the play is set in Verona and there are two families, at war with each other. At the end of the Prologue and Act.1 Sc.1 the audience have experienced comedy, action, drama and emotion. The dramatic significance of the play can be increased by the stage set, such as in the 2006 RSC production where the Mafia type setting lent weight to the idea of the two warring families. In Elizabethan times there would have been very little scenery and little stage lighting which meant the audience relied on the acting and the lines. The use of clever, witty puns, and Romeo and Juliet has many of these, would have been very popular with the audience and the play would have been enjoyed for that alone. The Prologue and the first scene of Act 1 not only tell the audience what is going to happen, there is no hiding this ' A pair of star cross'd lovers take their life', but also introduce many of the characters, especially Romeo, although he is in a love-sick state. ...read more.


She and her mirror character Lady Montague are the only two women in this early scene, and unconventionally try to stop their husbands fighting, which was brave in a historically male dominated world. However Lord Capulet ignores her none the less. The Citizens of Verona are fed up with the brawls but the two families still fight showing arrogance and disdain for their fellow townspeople, but perhaps also indicating their high status. The three characters I am going to look at closely are Romeo, Tybalt and the Prince. The Prince, although he is not on the stage very often is important as he stops the action, or moves it on, or introduces punishments and threats. He enters the stage with his Train in Act 1 Sc. 1 and it is clear he is important and should be taken seriously. He has powerful language, ' What ho, you men, you beasts, that quench the fire of your pernicious rage'. ' Canker'd with peace to part your cankere'd hate', again introducing the theme of love and hate. He also gives the audience historical information, ' Three civil brawls...have thrice disturb'd the quiet of our streets'. ...read more.


Romeo is in love with a fantasy of love. The love he soon feels for Juliet is honest and complete and he realises that later on saying ' Did my heart love till now? The fantasy love has been changed for real love. Shakespeare has put up the scaffolding of the play in the Prologue and 1st scene, and has started to decorate it with characters, we have yet to meet Nurse, Juliet, County Paris, the Friar and Mercutio, but many of the others are in place. The setting is Verona, there are two families ' alike in dignity'. The audience have been prepared for the drama by witnessing the fighting, the emotion, and the twin themes of love and hate. Shakespeare has caught up the audience and put them on an emtional roller-coaster, one moment fighting the next listening to Romeo talking about Rosaline. When Romeo does meet Juliet, it is all the more special as his language becomes more real and tender, more urgent, unlike his ramblings to Rosaline, and it is set against the dangerous feud between the Capulets and Montagues. Shakespeare has successfully engaged the audience, he has tempted them by knowing the end and giving them a range of characters to identify with. There is also action and romance. ...read more.

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