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Romeo and Juliet Coursework

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework Imagine you are going to direct this scene for a class performance. Explain how you want the parts of Juliet and Lady Capulet or Lord Capulet to bring out the tension of the scene, including comments to show how you want the audience to respond to the argument. This play Romeo and Juliet is set in the Elizabethan times, when Shakespeare was writing and producing plays. This particular play, 'Romeo and Juliet', is set in Verona, Italy. It is here; we meet the wealthy families of Capulet and Montague families. These two particular families have been feuding for generations upon generations. The Capulet family holds a masquerade party, where all are welcome except the Montague family. Romeo attends uninvited, and it is here he meets his love; Juliet of the Capulet family. Without their parents consent, the two teenage lovers marry, with the Juliet's nurse only knowing the truth. In Verona town, Mercuitio and Tybalt fight each other, resulting in Mercutio's death. Romeo avenges the death of his friend, by slaying Tybalt. As a result of this, Romeo has to flee Verona, leaving behind his wife Juliet. During Romeo's absence, Juliet is forced to marry Paris. We already know that Romeo is Juliet's husband, so she fakes her death. This is an act of dramatic irony because the audience know something the parents don't. ...read more.

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Juliet should quickly crawl to her large chest of drawers and curl up in the corner, crying loudly. Lord Capulet: "That God had lent us this only child (looks up at the ceiling) but know I see this one is one too much And that we have a curse in having her (looks down at Juliet and points at her) Out on her hilding!" Lord Capulet should move towards Juliet holding an object, maybe a vase, and lift his arm ready to throw it at her. Juliet should cover head screaming when a shocked Nurse runs infront of Juliet arms out protecting her. The nurse's face should be filled with shock with Lady Capulet having her hand covering her mouth; eyes wide open, still standing in the doorway. Nurse: "God in heaven bless her! You are to blame, my lord, to rate her so." The nurse should tilt her head towards Juliet and speak this line in a deep tone, full of hate. After this line, Lord Capulet should chuckle and say: Lord Capulet: "And why, my Lady Wisdom? Hold your tongue, Good prudence, smatter with your gossips, goes" Lord Capulet should immediately turn away and turn to Juliet, and as he is about to talk, Nurse should interrupt. Nurse: "I speak no treason." Lord Capulet should turn around to face Nurse, his towering figure, looking down on a frightened Nurse. ...read more.

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Juliet was only allowed to be married to one man, and secretly she was married to Romeo, which is why she rejected the offer to marry Paris. She went against her father's wishes, which were also against the Hierarchy, as men were considered higher, then women back then. It was the parent's decision on which their children would marry, even if the child didn't love the person the parent's chose. The parents had a lot of power over the children and could not do anything against those wishes. The parent's would not consider the child's opinion; they wanted to show other rich people how much control and power they had over children. Lord Capulet in line 126 compares his nephew's death with nature's elements of rain. Capulet shows his sympathy to Juliet as he thinks she is mourning her cousin's death, but his expression suddenly changes when she has rejected the proposal to marry Paris. The nurse also is important in this scene because she is very close to Juliet, almost more of a mother then Lady Capulet. She tends to Juliet day and night and has looked after her ever since she was born. Nurse is at the bottom of the Hierarchy and cannot go against lord Capulet or for anyone in that matter because she is economically vulnerable and could lose her job. Lady Capulet is also in the same position as Nurse and cannot go against her husband wishes, as like Juliet and Nurse, is lower in the Hierarchy. ?? ?? ?? ?? Satnam Bhambra ...read more.

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