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Romeo and Juliet - The purpose of the beginning is for a change of atmosphere, this indicates change of scene. No stage curtains, servants having nothing around them allow them to bring on props for the New Scene.

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet English Coursework The purpose of the beginning is for a change of atmosphere, this indicates change of scene. No stage curtains, servants having nothing around them allow them to bring on props for the New Scene. The audiences expectations moving into this scene is that something big and important is going to happen as well as tension, this is due to the servants rushing around getting everywhere ready, an example of the rush and tension is when the first servant gives short commands "away with the joint stools, remove the court cupboard, look to the plate". What also could add a lot of tension to the audience is that at the end of the last scene we found out that there is a big feud between the Montague's and the Capulet, we Know that the party is for Capulet, but we also know that Romeo will be attending and he is a Montague. The purpose of the beginning is to change the atmosphere and create a contrast with the previous scene, making the audience eager to watch to see what is going to happen. The audience are eager to continue watching because in the scene before there was a feud, and the audience sense something will happen at the ball. ...read more.

Middle

Juliet is associated with a dove, which is the symbol of love and peace, while those around her appear sinful and ungainly. Tension is immediately re-established, due to Tibet overhearing Romeo. Tibet is a man of action not thought, he is vindictive and aggressive. The audience have already been witness to this earlier in the play. Tybalt's aggressive language is a major contrast to Romeo's calm poetic language. Tybalt's immediate reaction is to ask for his sword. Tybalt uses rhyming couplets when talking about killing Romeo "uncle, this is a Montague, our foe, a villain that is hither come in spite, to scorn at our solemnity this night". This poetic language makes the fact that Tybalt want to kill Romeo stick in the audience's minds. Some possible humour is added when Capulet tries to remain the genial host even though Tybalt is talking about killing Romeo. He is trying hard to make the guests feel commutable so he jokes. The conflict ends with Tybalt fuming, and he vows to get Romeo, which adds tension to the audience, as they know they will meet again. Capulet will not let Tybalt fight and is determined to get his own way, this again creates tension, because the audience wonder if Tybalt will deceive Capulet which would cause yet another feud. ...read more.

Conclusion

Ben olio urges Romeo to leave with him, because he thinks they are undiscovered. "Away, be gone, the sport is at it's best". This creates tension because the audience know that they have been seen and found out. When Juliet discovers Romeo's identity, she is distraught; she prophetically states, "My grave is like to be my wedding bed". The audience know that link between marriage and death is not to do with Romeo being married, but that he is a Montague. Romeo and Juliet feeling so fatalistic would have a great impact on the audience. Conclusion This scene is a very important if not the most important scene in the play because you discover the feud between the Capulet and the Montague's as well as seeing Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time. During this scene the audience's emotions are played with a good deal. At the start the audience feel tension due to the feud, as well as the likely possibility that Romeo will be seen and found out. Then the audience feel calm and passion for Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time. The audience then again feel tension as they realise that Juliet is a Capulet and Romeo is a Montague, as they wonder what jolliest reaction to this will be. Richard Jones 11R ...read more.

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