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GCSE ENGLISH COURSEWORK: ROMEO AND JULIET In this essay I will be looking at Act One Scene One of Romeo and Juliet. I will be considering Shakespeare's reasons for including the fight between the Montague and Capulet servants at the beginning of the play. Shakespeare uses the prologue before this scene to introduce the feud between the Montague's and the Capulet's. "From ancient grudge". The dialogue between Sampson and Gregory tells the audience that they are young and looking for action. "My naked weapon is out, quarrel, I will back thee". Shakespeare may have begun the play with a group of servants in order to let the audience know that the feud has also got to the servants and to also let the audience know how deeply the conflict runs amongst those living in Verona. The language that Samson and Gregory use is vulgar and it shows us that they are up for a fight. ...read more.


The dialogue between Montague and Capulet shows the audience that they are really worst enemies. As soon as Capulet hears about what is happening he asks for his sword. "What noise is this; give me my sword ho!" This also this is also the same reaction by the Montague. He tells them not to hold him back and to let go. "Thou villain Capulet hold me not, let me go." Here when Shakespeare introduces the Capulet and the Montague he tries to show us how similar the two are. The Prince's long speech makes clear to the audience that this is not their first fight. Shakespeare introduces the prince to tell us what has been happening in the past with the two families. He tells them that they "thrice disturbed the quiet of our streets." The prince's threat is important to the plot. He says "if ever you disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace". ...read more.


This is because the nurse and her mother don't give her any time to speak because they're so busy telling her what to do. Juliet's response to the idea of getting married is accommodating. She says she never event dreamt of getting married. "It is an honour that I dreamt not of." This is significant for the plot because she will later marry Romeo when she is meant to marry Paris. The fight is an effective opening to the play because this is the part that is supposed to catch everyone's attention. This scene also tells us that the extent to which these two families hate each other. This scene allows Shakespeare to show us how serous the conflict is between the Capulet's and the Montague's. There is a deliberate contrast between the fight scene and the scenes with Romeo and Benvolio and the scene with Juliet, her mother and the nurse. Shakespeare introduces the characters of Romeo and Juliet separately because he wants us to know their characters and what they individually want before they meet. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jonny black ...read more.

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