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Romeo and Juliet, Act 1 scene 1, Act 3 scene 1 and Act 5 scene 3.

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Introduction

GCSE COURSEWORK- Shakespeare. The three scenes I have chosen from Romeo and Juliet are, Act 1 scene 1, Act 3 scene 1 and Act 5 scene 3. Romeo and Juliet is a story of two "star -crossed lovers" from rival families, the Montagues and the Capulets. It is a romantic tragedy. The very first scene shows violence between the servants of the rival families. The location of this scene is significant because it sets the scene for the play. Act 3 scene 1is full of violence and blood and people are killed. Act 5 scene 3 is when Romeo threatens his own friend and builds up anger. The play was written by William Shakespeare. It was written between 1589-1595. In the old days people came to watch an entertaining drama, and not cheesy romance. So, the characters had to keep the audience awake with a lot of violence and conflict throughout the play. The audience might have liked "Romeo and Juliet" because there was romance, violence and ended with a tragedy. If they didn't like the play they would have thrown rotten vegetables at the actors and jeer at them. The characters were played by male actors. Even the female characters were played by men, who had soft voices. ...read more.

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When she finds out Romeo is banished she is devastated and threatens to kill herself. But the Nurse cheers her up by saying she will find Romeo and send him to her bedchamber. Act 3 scene 1 is set in a public place in Verona. The weather is an issue because it is very hot. "The day is hot, the Capels are abroad." Benvolio is scared of meeting the Capulets, knowing a fight will surely follow. "If we meet we shall not scape a brawl." Mercutio laughs at his fears, accusing Benvolio of being a quick-tempered quarreller. Then Tybalt, Petruchio and others appear. Mercutio taunts Tybalt, but Tybalt ignores him. "Men's eyes were made to look, and let them gaze; I will not budge for no man's pleasure, I. He tries to quarrel with Tbalt." Tybalt is looking for Romeo whom appears. He tells Mercutio to shut up and says, "here comes my man" (referring to Romeo). Tybalt wants to fight Romeo and calls him a "villain." Romeo refuses to fight because he has just married Juliet, a Capulet, and is now a part of the family. He tells Tyblat that he loves him. But Tybalt refuses the love and challenges Romeo. ...read more.

Conclusion

She turns to see Romeo lying there with "a cup closed" in her "true love's hand." She knows it is poison and is disappointed that there is "no friendly drop" to help her after. There is nothing left, so she makes it "brief" by using a "happy dagger." She stabs herself and dies. The Friar relates the tragic story to the Prince and Co. In the end Montagues and Capulets are reconciled and the feud is over. "O brother Montague give me thy hand." The Prince closes the play with a brief ending. "For never was a story of more woe, Then this of Juliet and her Romeo." If I were to direct the play I would use the same effects as Shakespeare. There is no need for all the lighting and special effects. The words can help the audience understand each scene. Also the tone of voice and body language would help to show scenery etc. "Romeo and Juliet" is not a violent play. Although it contains hatred and death, it has always been known as a romantic tragedy. Two teenagers from rival families falling in love and led to suicide. I think Juliet's death was quite violent, in a sense that she is happy to kill herself- calling her body the dagger's sheath. This is not really how a teenage girl would think. But any sort of pain can lead to suicide. ...read more.

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