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Romeo and juliet act 1

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Introduction

How does Shakespeare prepare the audience for what happens in the rest of the play based in act 1? Shakespeare prepares the audience in act 1 for what happens in the rest of the play by using a variety of techniques which has an influence on the characters as the play progresses. In the play Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare reveals to us the setting of the play by using a chorus. We find out that for most of the play the setting is in Verona, a city in Italy. This is where the play begins, where we find out the cruel history between the Capulet's and the Montague's. Shakespeare uses a chorus to let the audience know where the scene is set because the chorus helps the audience to recognize the background to the play. Also there is another setting in the play where Romeo is banished for the murder of Tybalt. This is set in another city called Mantua. Shakespeare prepares the audience in act 1 for what happens in the rest of the play by introducing the plot. At the very beginning of act 1 we learn that there is an on going feud between the Capulet's and the Montague's. There is a fight scene at the very beginning of act 1 where the Prince has to intervene and say, "If you ever disturb our streets again, Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace". This helps us to understand the hate and rage between these two quarrelling families, so it advances the plot in some way. ...read more.

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He is a fiery character because he doesn't like the Montague's at all. "What drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montague's, and thee. Have at thee, Coward." Tybalt hates Romeo for being at the Capulet party because he thinks that Romeo is there to make fun. Tybalt's character gets the better of him in act 2 when we see him kill Mercutio. In act 1 we learn that the Nurse's role is to look after Juliet. She has been looking after Juliet since Juliet was a baby. The Nurse's character is the one who tries to help Juliet marry Romeo. The Nurse has known Juliet more than her mother and understands that marrying Romeo is the only way that Juliet will feel happy. The Nurse has always been loyal to Juliet's parents but in this case she tries to help Romeo and Juliet get married, so in the end she has to keep the secret from Juliet's parents. This prepares us for later events because we know that Romeo and Juliet are engaged, so when Juliet's mother asks her to marry Paris, we know then that the situation will get more complicated as the play progresses. Mercutio is a relative of the Prince and he is Romeo's best friend. We also learn in act 1 that Mercutio has a very excitable and wild character. We learn this when we see them go to Capulet's party and he makes a long and wild speech. ...read more.

Conclusion

Also during the end of act 1 we see how both the love and hate are shown, when Juliet learns that Romeo is the son of her family's greatest enemy. "My only love sprung my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me, That I must love a loathed enemy." Shakespeare prepares the audience for what happens in the rest of the play in a variety of ways. In the play we learn that he uses the plot, language and themes to prepare the audience for what is going to happen next. In act 1 Shakespeare shows us the rivalry between the two families; this helps us to understand that something will happen eventually whether it is good or bad. It prepares the audience for something climactic that is going to happen and this is shown in the plot when we see the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Also the themes are linked to this because we already know the love shown by Romeo and Juliet and the Hate between Capulet and Montague, so we know they don't like each other but yet their children have fallen in love and they don't know about it. So obviously this prepares the audience for something dramatic and sad. Shakespeare does prepare the audience because he makes it clear that the families don't like each other and that they are prepared to kill each other for the sake of their own pride. We realise]3 some of this later on in the play when we see the resulting deaths: Romeo, Juliet, Paris, Tybalt and Mercutio ...read more.

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