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Romeo and Juliet - Act 1.

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Romeo and Juliet Questions on Act 1 1) Romeo and Juliet is one of the best stage plays that Shakespeare has written with a lot of tragedy involved in it and to balance the tragedy Shakespeare has introduced comedy into the play. He achieved this by doing such things as adding comical figures such as nurse or odd behaviour of a character which seems amusing to the audience. The main comedy in the play is introduced when Romeo enters the stage in act one sc´┐Żne one as love sicken person who is over infatuating his love for Rosaline. "Out of her favour where I am in love." (Act1, Scene 1). This to the audience is even more hysterical when his friend Benvolio pities him because he thinks the girl Romeo thinks is so sweet is actually is a complete cow. "Alas the love so gentle in his view should be so tyrannous and rough in proof! (Act 1, Scene 1). Later on in the play another comical character in this play is introduced, Nurse, she is the comedy character in this play. She is always making a joke which makes the audience laugh. ...read more.


Further on Romeo proceeds to show his true love towards Juliet to only touch her skin with his unworthy hands, "If I profane with my unworthiest hand, This holy shrine" Whereas before with Rosaline he was thinking of "Opeing her lap" All this shows that Romeo was never in love with Rosaline at all. All he really wanted Rosaline was for her sexuality. The constant rejections from Rosaline built his hunger to "ope her lap" and the continuous lust for her built up until he gazed at Juliet. 3) The impending marriage between Juliet and Paris would shock the Elizabethan audience for it would have seemed shocking idea to them because the Capulet parents told Paris that they would only give the answer yes if her daughter approved of him. "And she agreed, within her scope of choice, Lies my consent of fair according voice."(Act 1, Scene 1). This is seems unusual to the Elizabethan audience because parents never gave the choice to their daughters whether they liked their future husband especially if it was some one like "Paris" a rich nobleman. Meanwhile the only daughter of the Capulet Juliet acted the normal obedient daughter for the Elizabethan era. ...read more.


The first impressions we get of this play is a very intense brawl with heavy language involved such as threats of rape, "I will push Montague's men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall."(Act 1, Scene 1). This kind of language is mainly from Tybalt's group who is the main character who has fire in his belly but the rest aren't that interested in having a brawl. Later on in the party we seem to get a different impression from Lord Capulet that he might no longer want to fight because there is a death penalty if so happens. "Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone, A bears him like a portly gentleman;" Lord Capulet is telling Tybalt to leave him alone because he is acting like a well mannered person, showing that Lord Capulet doesn't want any trouble. In conclusion this shows us that the feud between the Capulet and Montague's is intensified and been going on for a time but the two parties don't want any trouble expect Tybalt who is eager to start a brawl between the Montague's especially Romeo. 8) Extended metaphor is a metaphor extended. When you describe something in even more detail. 9) Oxymorons are two same words which touch each other to create a dramatic effect, for example confusion of Romeos love. Muhammad Omar Khan ...read more.

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