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Romeo and Julliet Essay

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How does act one scene one provide an effective opening to 'Romeo and Juliet'? Mustafa Latif In Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', the first scene provides an effective opening scene. This essay shows how and what effected the audience in act one, scene one in the classical 1594 play. The factors that will be explored are how the actors play their roles, how action can be manipulated to have a greater effect upon the audience, the effect of a character and dramatic devices and how those factors added effect to the audience in 1595 (when it was first preformed). The effects of a character can also be added in when the characters are not there. For instance the fact that Romeo and Juliet don't appear has an effect on the audience. The first thing that happens in Romeo and Juliet is two Capulets appear. This in itself is effective. It is because the audience would expect two of the main characters to appear, so when the play pushes two 'nobodies' out onto the first scene, the audience then know that when the main characters do appear it'll be more interesting rather then just letting them go in the first second of the play. The audience would want Romeo and Juliet to appear because of the title ('The Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet'), humans - including the audience - ...read more.

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A huge amount of effect can come from how the actors are playing their roles. For instance, Tybalt is already an angry person from the way he talks but the way he moves can offer the audience a chance to see how violent he is. By showing that Tybalt is a violent person, the audience will be thinking that he might be responsible for the deaths of the two lovers. This has an effect where the audience want to see if they are right, the audience want to be right but at the same time want something different to happen so they can be shocked, so as they wait to see if they are right or wrong, Shakespeare has got exactly what he wanted: the audience's attention. The director can do all that simply making Tybalt a hasty character that moves around a lot, the kind that makes a lot of sudden movements. This will show the audience that he is a violent person. Tybalt can also be perceived as violent by saying things as though his life depends on it. This will make it look like that he is truly passionate about what he says. "What drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word, just as I hate hell" is what Tybalt says during a fight between him and Benvolio. ...read more.

Conclusion

"My naked tool is out" is a sexual innuendo that eventually leads up to a fight. This proves the point about sexual innuendos being there to renew the audience's interest so it can show something more effective such as a fight. There is also another idea that Shakespeare put those sexual innuendos in the play because the people who use to go to them were not that clever (during the 1590s to be educated would be very rare), so they were easily amused. So really he was just making his play entertaining for all types of people. I think Shakespeare used the idea that the more educated audience members would recognize this as an attempt to gain the un-educated members interest which would also get their interest. The educated people thought 'he wants their interest, why?' this made the educated ones pay more attention. So in this situation, Shakespeare uses an effect so it is effective to all the audience - grabbing everyone's interest so he can show them something much more effective such as a fight. Shakespeare used many ways to create an effective opening scene; people may say how differently he did them but one thing is sure. He did create a good and effective opening scene; I know he did this because through me simply reading it I can imagine the audience's reaction. If I can see the effectiveness on a page, it'll be much better on a stage. ...read more.

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