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Romeo and Juliet

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12th September 2007 Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is about two families, the Capulets and the Montagues who have hated each other since ancient times. Romeo and Juliet meet at a Capulet ball, they fall in love, get married and kill themselves. Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy as the family's feud ...'which has been going on since ancient times'... cannot be resolved until the two main characters (Romeo and Juliet) die. This is a really good plot as it makes the audience sit back and think how can they solve the families 'never-ending' feud by simply two people dying, surly many more people have died before this so why hasn't the feud ended before. The two themes in this play are love and hate, the love between Romeo and Juliet and the hate between the two families and all the people caught up in it. Act 3 Scene 1 fits into the play as the scene that starts the route of resolution between the two families, it involves all the main characters, and it's the turning point of the love to hate, the key themes. ...read more.


On a staged production you cannot do cut scenes or skip to another scene, you have to get people on and off the stage, this would seem like a disadvantage but Shakespeare uses it to his advantage quite effectively. One of the most interesting entrances is the appearance of Romeo in between the quarrelling Tybalt and Mercutio, Romeo does not want to fight but Tybalt does ...'You cannot understand why I do not want to fight you Tybalt'... this angers Tybalt and creates more tension within the scene. A good exit is the exit of Mercutio when he has just been stabbed, for him to be taken off screen implies bad things are going to happen, and when Benvolio returns without Mercutio a feud occurs and a fight begins. This scene links to Act 1 Scene 1, due to the key theme of hate being shown a lot. In Act 1 Scene 1 it's a Montague servant fighting a Capulet servant, whereas in Act 3 Scene 1 its Romeo and Tybalt who are fighting. ...read more.


This scene affects the audience by giving them a range of different emotions, just before the scene we see love displayed and during this scene we see hate displayed. The audience see two sides of Romeo and two sides of his life, this confuses the audience greatly and they have to really concentrate fir the rest of the story to gather valuable points of information. Act 3 Scene 1 is a turning point as it begins the start of the end for Romeo and Juliet's lives as well as the start of the family's feud being resolved once and for all. When the Prince says that Romeo cannot return it challenges the audience to think of ways in which they can be together after all they are now married and love each other deeply so to say that they cannot be together is tragedy in itself. I believe that all the events that have happened during the play happen to build tension and to stir the play in different directions to what the audience would expect, which overall makes the play see more realistic and keeps the audience focused and ensures that they enjoy the plot as it unfolds. By James Clarke 11X ...read more.

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