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"Romeo and Juliet" Shakespeare Coursework Introduction I am going to consider two scenes, the first I will consider is the Ball scene and the second is the Balcony scene. Both of which are highly dramatic scenes. In the ball scene there are many characters because it is a party at the Capulet's mansion. However the main characters are Juliet, Romeo, Tybalt and Lord Capulet. Romeo has never met Juliet because she is the daughter of Lord Capulet Romeo's enemy. In this particular scene Tybalt is very angry at Romeo for coming to his house as they are sworn enemies however his father, Lord Capulet does not care for Romeo he is neither friend nor foe. Romeo uses a lot of imagery in this scene when he is describing Juliet the first time he sees her. Also Lord Capulet uses aggressive language towards his son when he ignores him trying to start a fight with Romeo, this further enrages Tybalt. There are many moments of tension in this scene. For example when Romeo first sees Juliet it is very tense because the play goes very slow and language is used to build up the atmosphere. This will get the audience thinking who is this person and what significance will she have. Also when Tybalt sees Romeo it gets very tense and the mood changes from good to bad. This would make the audience feel like there is a fight about to happen and maybe they would feel sad that the love scene is being interrupted. In the balcony scene there are only two characters, Romeo and Juliet. At this time both have just met each other yet have fallen in love with each other. However there relationship is on bad ground as they have found out that they are meant to be enemies and they are confused. Once again Romeo uses a lot of light imagery too describe Juliet, along with poetry. ...read more.


Then a contrast, from the play being slow, soft and Romeo describing how beautiful Juliet is, Tybalt sees Romeo. Suddenly the mood changes and is bad, the play speeds up and the language is a lot more aggressive. Tybalt says "Now by the stock and honour of my kin, to strike him dead I hold it not a sin." Tybalt is saying if he was to kill Romeo it would not be a sin. This is very aggressive and a totally different of contrast from the start of the scene, which was all happy and welcoming. The audience would now be thinking what will happen to Romeo and Juliet would this put off Romeo and make him leave. However ending this scene after the two have talked and kissed and the play is slow and the mood is soft. Juliet and Romeo both find out who each of them are to each other. Romeo finds out that Juliet is a Capulet and Juliet finds out that he is a Montague thus they both love an enemy. They then split up and the scene ends. This will make the audience wonder about whether they think they should try and get together whether enemies or not, or they might think that if they are enemy's then they definitely should not be in a relationship together. There is much foreboding and audience anticipation surrounding this scene. This make the audience have a lot of expectation of the next scene before the curtains are even pulled on this one. Section 2 The second section I will be considering is the balcony scene. The atmosphere is very tense, the audience anticipate how the lovers will react to the news that they are enemies because of the family feud. However the audience may think, it is good that Romeo has gone to find Juliet and has he got passed this feud for his love. ...read more.


This shows her true love towards Romeo which could either be her downfall or the start of a great love affair. This is very important and tense scene for the audience which brings about the love theme. Conclusion The setting of the two scenes is rather the same. The first is set inside the Montague's house and the second is just outside it. Both are very important to the play and are tense in there different ways. The two scenes are not so far apart time wise either. The Ball scene is in the early evening and the Balcony scene late evening, they are after one another. However they are quite different to each other, there is a lot more people in the Ball scene then there is in the Balcony scene. The Ball scene is a lot livelier than the Balcony scene. However they both have a very good affect on the audience. The first keeps the audience's attention with a big party, the love affair with Romeo and Juliet and the possible fight scene with Tybalt and Romeo. The Balcony scene keeps the audience interested because it is exciting to see two people who are desperately in love with each other talk to each other and arranging a marriage, disobeying their fathers. Personally I think that the most dramatic is the Ball scene. All of the dramatic events unfold from this scene. It is very exciting too see Romeo go to a party just after the premonition he had. It is also filled with a lot of tension, mood changes and a lot of different things going on. There is many love parts in it between Romeo and Juliet and there is even a possible fight scene. Also all of this is with Romeo and his friends in their enemy's mansion, the last place they should be after another battle with them early that day. This altogether makes a very dramatic sense and a brilliant entertaining one. ?? ?? ?? ?? English Coursework Page 1 of 6 ...read more.

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