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Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 5 - How is this scene effective on stage?

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Emily Rogers 10.3 Shakespeare Coursework- Act 1 Scene 5 - How is this scene effective on stage? William Shakespeare was born in Stratford Upon Avon on or around April 23, 1564. Birth records do not exist and only a baptismal record from the Holy Trinity, dared April 26 1564, has any recorded evidence of Shakespeare's birth. The 23rd is merely a sentimental date being the day of England's patron, Saint George, and the date of the death of Shakespeare. Shakespeare's parents were John and Mary Arden Shakespeare. On November 27th 1582, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway who was eight years older than him. Susanna, Shakespeare's daughter, was born around May 26th 1583. Hamnet and Judith, twins, were born around February 2nd 1585. It is believed that around 1592, Shakespeares 'Henry VI' was performed at the Rose Theatre in London. Shakespeare had rapidly risen as one of the top playwrights of the time in 1594. His son, Hamnet, died in August of 1596. In 1599, the Globe Theatre was built. Shakespeare was one of the inventors of this new theatre. April 23rd, 1616, Shakespeare died. The Montague's and the Capulet's are the two chief families of Verona. For years, they have been enemies in a bitter feud. Their teenage children, Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, meet by accident at a grand party and fall instantly in love. ...read more.

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This doesn�t interrupt Romeos interests in Juliet, and as Juliet takes a break from the dance, he sees his opportunity, and ceases it. He pulls Juliet behind the pillar he is hiding behind and tries to make Juliet listen by pouring his heart out, his language is like poetry, everything he says seems to flow, even when Juliet questions and dismisses his actions, but Romeo keeps coming back with better and more enticing speech, fro example, 'O then, let lips do what hands do! They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn into despair.� Juliet replies, 'Saints do not move, though grant for prayers� sake.� Romeo comes back with, 'Then move not, while my prayers� effect I take�. Romeo then kisses Juliet and says, 'Thus from my lips, by thine, my sin is purg�d�. After their little escapade, we meet The Nurse. She interrupts Romeo and Juliet and warns Juliet that her mother wants a word wit her. The Nurse then gives Romeo the bad news; he finds out that Juliet is a Capulet. Benvolio tries to make Romeo forget that she ever existed. The Nurse then tells Juliet the same news; we see this well by the line 'My only love sprung from my only hate!� which gives the message across clearly. Romeo and Juliet meet under different circumstances in the modern version, Romeo has just taken some kind of hallucinogen, a drug perhaps, and it looks as if Romeo is trying to test himself, asking his ...read more.

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Brooke's long poem was pretty dull! Shakespeare's genius as a language craftsman made it powerfully vivid. The hero and heroine of Romeo and Juliet are probably the most famous literacy representatives of intense romantic love: consequently, many people know something of the play even if they haven't read it. If they actually read it, they may well have some surprises. Romeo and Juliet prove to be stronger, livelier, more radical and more paradoxical than hearsay suggests. In the twentieth century, various influential literacy critics argued that this early tragedy by Shakespeare was variously immature, a failed experiment, a work marred by romantic sensationalism. It lacked, they suggested, the psychological subtlety and philosophical profundity of such later works as Hamlet, Macbeth and King Lear, but there are many ways of gauging the success of a literacy work. One test is the scale of influence; another test is fertility, its ability to produce literacy offspring. Some works have been splendid but of limited influence and fertility. By those tests, Romeo and Juliet is one of the two or three most successful of Shakespeares plays, and, indeed one of the most important works in the history of the worlds drama. The influence of Romeo and Juliet has been exerted internationally through countless stage productions, films for cinema and television, videos, radio, records, tapes, cassettes, adaptations and modernizations, parodies, burlesques, cartoons, tours of Verona and even bank notes-for the British twenty pound note used to portray the first 'balcony' scene. If not profound and tempestuous, Romeo and Juliet is lively and engaging. ...read more.

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