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'Romeo and Juliet' Essay, Opening Act

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'Romeo and Juliet' Essay, Opening Act The opening act of 'Romeo and Juliet' introduces most of the main characters, including Tybalt, Benvolio and Romeo. The two main themes featured in the opening act are of love and violence. The act takes place in the far city of Verona, Italy; this is where most of the act takes place. There's a bitter feud between two rival families, both alike in dignity. The two families, the Montague's and Capulet's feud runs throughout the course of this act. Arguably Shakespeare's most famous play begins with a prologue, which establishes that this play will be a tragedy and that two children, of the two feuding families, Romeo of the Montague family and Juliet of the Capulet family, will both love and die in the course of this play. ...read more.


Tybalt, nephew to Lady Capulet, this rash, hot-blooded young man is adversarial and hateful towards all Montague's, especially Romeo. When he sees Romeo at the Capulet party, his immediate instinct is to fight, but only the increasingly firm warnings from Lord Capulet to hold his peace restrain him. Benvolio has a minor role in the act, nephew to Montague, and friend to Mercutio and Romeo. The two lords of the families, both elderly men who abhor each other. We learn the feud has been going on for some time, yet we never learn the reason for this. Prince Escalus, prince of Verona, continued annoyance with the ongoing feud between the Capulet and Montague families leads him to warn both families that further fighting the two will be punished by death. ...read more.


Lord Capulet is keen for Paris to marry his daughter Juliet and plans a party to be held later that night. Romeo and friends decide to turn up uninvited, Romeo hoping to see Rosaline, whom he still pines for. Mercutio attempts to cheer a lovesick Romeo up, telling him to be rough with love if need be. Romeo, who is disguised by a masque, falls in love with Juliet on sight. Capulet stops Tybalt from attacking Romeo at his party, telling him there will be other opportunities. Both Romeo and Juliet learn that they are each enemies of the other's family. Both Romeo and Juliet feel their love fore one another and their loyalty to their respective families. It is ironic that Benvolio's plans for Romeo to 'look for other girls' works, but with the result that could not be foreseen. GCSE Coursework Andrew Yeoman 10SB Duffryn High School, Mrs Hughes ...read more.

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