• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

romeo and juliet

Extracts from this document...


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. Sins of the Past

    Rachel looked at him, "I'm not interested Rob." Watson woke up. He sat up in the four poster bed and realized he was in the Kennedy suite of the White House and it was pitch black outside. He pulled the covers off of himself and got out of bed.

  2. Shylock, Victim or Villain

    He also refers to Antonio as the Christian which shows the racial hatred in the courtroom. Shakespeare crates a strong woman in the character of Portia: this would have appealed to Queen Elisabeth I who would, no doubt, have had the play performed for her at the palace.

  1. Spiritual Aspects Of Lyrical Ballads

    It was perhaps the fact that philosophers such as Godwin "ignored...what he called the "primary passions" of men1". This would suggest that Wordsworth's message to his readers was to be aware of the spiritual inspiration that nature can offer when enjoying such hobbies as literature and science.

  2. Romeo & Juliet

    When Lady Capulet declares that Juliets father has arranged a marriage for her in a few days, the audience may feel a quick dropping sensation in their stomachs because they know that Juliet is already married, and therefore cannot marry Paris and that this means that the secret marriage between Juliet and her Romeo may be discovered.

  1. How does Shakespeare Prepare the Audience for the Tragic events of Act 5 Scene ...

    So Juliet turns to her nurse 'comfort me, counsel me,' but her nurse turns away, and says only: 'Romeo is banish'd, and all the world to nothing That he dares ne'er come back to challenge you; Or if he do, it needs must be by stealth.

  2. Romeo and Juliet

    Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds' - this quote from Shakespeare's sonnet 116 shows Shakespeare's thoughts on love during one point in his life. If put in relation with Romeo and Juliet, it can be said that the love they share is not what Shakespeare would classify as true.

  1. Romeo and Juliet

    Lady Capulet then tells Juliet that she has some good news, she informs Juliet that she is set to marry, "Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn" she thinks that this will make Juliet happy, but instead Juliet switches and snaps, "He shall not make me there a joyful bride."

  2. live by the sword, die by the sword

    He also had an impressive barn to store his bountiful harvest of yams. It was said the Okonkwo's father had bad Chi, which is a bad personal God.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work