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Romeo and Juliet - The Prologue

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2002 Thomas Helsby 11a GCSE Coursework Prologue Two households both alike in dignity In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Do with their death bury their parents' strife. The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love, And the continuance of their parents' rage, Which, but their children's end, nought could remove, Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage; The which if you with patient ears attend, What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend. About the play. When the play first begins it starts off as a love story but turns in to tragedy. The point at which this play turns into a tragedy is the moment, not as most people would think. Most people would usually assume that the turning point in the play is where Mercutio is inadvertently killed under the arm of Romeo but they would be wrong and if carefully thought about you would come to the conclusion that the actual turning point is when we see the first real anger rage when Romeo runs after Tybalt, he actually wants to kill him in revenge, where as Tybalt and Mercutio were just playing and not actually properly fighting, neither of them wanted to kill anyone. You can see this by the look of disbelief on the face of Tybalt in both Baz Luhrmanns and Franco Zephirelli's portrayal of the famous Shakespeare play. ...read more.


The Capulets would wear black shoes. Act 3 Scene 1 I have decided upon translating my version into using modern language, I will still use the old Shakespeare language in some cases where I think it would be best to use it. The scene would open with Benvolio and Mercutio in the gym owned by Lord Montague. The gym is empty, and Mercutio looks out of the window of the gym and spots Tybalt with two associates walking towards the gym. It was a Wednesday night and Tybalt knew that only time the gym was empty was at this time. Tybalt had a black leather bag with him. Benvolio says to Mercutio, "lets go home. The Capulets are about and if we meet them in this heat, we'll end up in a fight, violence has been brewing for days." To this Mercutio replies in a sarcastic way, laughin as he says, "you're one of those people who say they don't want to get into a fight and then go and start one". Mercutio then turns round and joke's with Benvolio and says, "If there were two of you you'd end up killing eachother. You'd fight a man for no reason. Mercutio And Benvolio then run out of the Gym and into the streets. The street they are on is full of shops, all the shop doors are painted red. I have chosen the doors to be painted red so that the audience can look deep into this and see that something bad is about to happen without making it to obvious. ...read more.


I would have Romeo set eyes on Juliet by Romeo peering over the heads of all the guests at the party who were crowded round Juliet dancing with her soon to be husband Paris. As Juliet was dancing with Paris Romeo would look at her face which would contain a false sense of happiness which Romeo looked deep into finding out her false sense of happiness was due to her being despondent at her prearranged marriage to Paris. There eyes would set on one another changing the look on Juliet's face to a more plausible and authentic look of joy. Romeo would then walk off into the lift, as the door is about to shut Juliet runs into the lift and kisses Romeo. The lift is all red to represent the passion of there first kiss and what it means to the play as a whole. My Conclusion. What I have tried to achieve in my direction of this play is a very modern, almost futuristic adaptation to my version but not so hat it is so futuristic it would come under the genre of a sci-fi. My play is set in the Bronx, otherwise known as "the mean streets of New York". I have tried incorporating ideas which were included in other portrayals of the Shakespeare tragedy and even pilfer some which are from films that have nothing vaguely to do with this sort of play. I am not sure whether the Matrix style them has worked to its full advantage in this, but I felt it would add a more modern feel to it. Directed By Thomas Helsby. Produced By Universal Pictures. Written By William Shakespeare. ...read more.

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