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Cristina Teasdale Romeo and Juliet The play opens with speech performed by the Chorus, which serves as a general introduction to the play Romeo and Juliet. The prologue gives the audience background information on the events that will occur in the play. Shakespeare gives away the whole plot of the story in basically a few lines. In addition, he informs the audience of the outcome of the play. He does this to add more dramatic impact to each scene. Knowing that the lovers will die makes every scene towards their fate even more dramatic and emotional. However, Shakespeare doesn't reveal in the prologue, in fact throughout the story, why the two feuding families started off on the wrong foot. With this he adds mystery and leaves the audience with that thought in mind. Act one Scene one opens with the two feuding families, the Montagues and Capulets, brawling in a market. Benvolio, Romeo's cousin, acts as a peacemaker by dividing the servants, but the quick-tempered "fiery and hot-headed" Tybalt forces him to draw his sword. With the entering of Tybalt, the atmosphere of the play changes from harmony to loathing. Tybalt bring in his rage on the Montagues, "As I hate hell, all Montagues", and with this his influence is seen in the way other citizens join in the brawl. In addition, Tybalt is conveyed slightly differently than the other characters involved in the scene. The other characters are, somewhat, afraid to start the dispute as they might be caught in the net of the law. ...read more.


Romeo's language conveys that he is falling in love with Juliet. In addition, it gives readers the sense of how beautiful Juliet must be, as they cannot see her. He goes on to say "Did my heart love until now? Forswear it, sight! For ne'er saw true beauty till this night". Romeo's love for Juliet is now apparent as he states that he has never been so in love before seeing Juliet, even to the point forgetting about Rosaline. Tybalt automatically recognizes that it is Romeo and draws his sword. Capulet, however, refuses to let a Montague ruin his party, so he tells Tybalt to leave Romeo alone. Tybalt's hatred for the Montagues is shown when he says ""It fits, when such a villain is a guest: I'll not endure him". Tybalt forgets the importance of the ceremony as he wishes to cause another disturbance. Capulet, now furious, tell Tybalt that he is a "boy" and that he should stand down on causing a disturbance. Tybalt leaves, but not before making a threat, "I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall, Now seeming sweet convert to bitter gall". His threat means that he the battle isn't over between Romeo and himself. In Tybalt's rage and disgust, Tybalt causes a dispute between himself and Romeo. The two rivals battle with swords; Tybalt, unfortunately, dies. The Capulet house is not pleased with this and informs the Prince that Romeo had killed Tybalt. The Prince, already stating that if any more brawls between the two families should arise, then there shall be severe punishment. ...read more.


The prince soon hears that both Mercutio and Tybalt have been killed. Benvolio explain what has happened to the Prince but Lady Capulet cannot accept what has happened to Tybalt. The prince's word come back to haunt him as he promised heavy fine to those who disturb the peace; the prince concludes that Romeo must be exiled from Verona. Act one Scene Five, becomes the turning point of the play as it is in this scene that all the elements of the play are set in place: the feud between the two families, the love between Romeo and Juliet, the fate of the next person who disturbs the peace and of course the threat of Tybalt. Shakespeare sets all these elements to provide conflict and drama throughout the play. Act one Scene one becomes the turning point of the play, as here we can finally understand the gravity of the situation and what is to come. In addition, Shakespeare does an excellent job of building tension to lead up to the point of the climax through Act one Scene five. The audience already knows the outcome of the play, through the prologue, but it is only know that they understand what I going on and what is about to happen and to whom. The scene provides the clashing theme of love and hate between Romeo, Juliet and Tybalt. Furthermore, it is during this scene that Romeo and Juliet's love is at its peak. With their meeting at the ball, their destiny is sealed. At this point, the events go downhill as events come together to bring about the final tragedy, Romeo and Juliet's death. ...read more.

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