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Romeo and Juliet Act one Scene One

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Introduction

How successful is Act 1 Scene 1 as an introduction to the Play? As the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare opens the audience gleans a great deal of relevant and important information from the chorus in the prologue. The chorus clearly tells of the ensuing tragedy that is to follow between the Capulet and Montague families. It informs the audience of the ancient grudge which exists between the two families although the actual cause of the deep rooted hatred between the two families is never revealed. The chorus also tells of the two star crossed lovers, and indicates that ironically it is the death of the handsome Romeo and the young Juliet that will bring about the end of this long running feud. Act 1 scene 1, acts as a good introduction into the play because it sets the scene on so many different levels and leaves the audience seeking answers to many questions. It also leaves the audience in no doubt that this story can only end in tragedy. ...read more.

Middle

Tybalt is a relatively one dimensional character. He is hot tempered, vindictive and aggressive. This audience realises that he is like this straight away as he rejects Benvolio's plea to "Keep the peace." Instead he responds by saying "What, drawn, and talk of peace I hate the word/As I hate hell, all Montagues and thee." This shows that all he wants to do is fight. I feel this keeps the audience interested as it is only the first scene and a large scale fight has already broken out. The audience will be left asking if this amount of violence and tension can happen in the first scene then what will happen later in the play and how will these two prominent, but opposite characters, (Tybalt and Benvolio) develop. Prince Escalus is introduced and ends the fight but reinforces the notion that if the feud continues it will end in tragedy. "if ever you disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace". He is a strong character who could bring about the end of the fighting where others failed. ...read more.

Conclusion

He demonstrates love sickness, whilst Rosalind, the girl toward whom his love is aimed, adopts a cool and disdainful attitude towards him. The audience is left to wonder how this love will develop although they are left with no doubt that Romeo's love life will have a huge effect on the story. The audience is also left to ponder whether Romeo will follow Benvolio's suggestion to forget this love. "Be ruled by me, forget to think of her." The opening scene works well as an introduction to the play because it shows that the love affair in this play is going to develop against a background of hatred, a clever contrast of emotions. It begins with an exciting fight scene and ends with a declaration of love. It makes the audience question what will arise later in the play and ultimately indicates on the tragedy that is to follow. It is during this scene that the audience becomes aware that both the love scenes and the fight scenes will continue and mix throughout the duration of the play, leading to the tragic downfall which is how the play ends. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jenny Irving 11F2 Romeo and Juliet Coursework Assignment ...read more.

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