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GCSE COURSEWORK: ROMEO & JULIET Introduction Romeo and Juliet starts with Romeo 'lovesick' over a woman called Rosaline. Romeo is in love with her but she feels nothing for him, furthermore, she is to enter into a convent for women, which explains why he is so upset. Benvolio walks pass Romeo and sees him in distress and tries to make him forget about her. He says to Romeo near the end of Act 1 Scene, line 217, 'By giving liberty unto thine eyes, examine other beauties'. He is basically saying that Romeo needs to look at other women to forget Rosaline. At that moment, a servant walks pass and asks Benvolio to read out a notice to fulfil the servant's curiosity. The note states that there will be a party at the Capulets, which is fancy dress. The Montagues then decide to invite themselves in the hope that Romeo will find and fall in love with another woman. At the party, Tybalt sees them, who becomes furious by their intrusion and tells his uncle, Capulet. Capulet tells Tybalt to ignore him, or the quote reads on line 70 of Act 1 Scene 5, ' take no note of him'. Tybalt defies this and says that he is dishonouring the family name, but Capulet double-insults Tybalt and tells him to leave his sight. This makes Tybalt even more furious and in a sense sets the ball rolling for his revenge on Romeo. Shakespeare was a playwright and a genius in his own right. He wrote many plays and they all had the same thing in common; they became very popular and had little stage directions. He didn't put any stage directions, because he was the director and he knew how he wanted the play to be acted. By not putting in any stage directions he enable two thinks. He allowed other directors to direct the play how they want, as well as giving the director and infinite amount of freedom, so the actors could make up their own motivation to have the greatest effect on the audience. ...read more.

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Tybalt will say this line a loud and cheerful manner ending the silence and tension, but again emphasising the word 'sir'. Tybalt now turns away from Mercutio and looks at Romeo. Romeo, who has just comeback from marrying Juliet, is in a very happy mood and will come on to the stage with a smile and jumping around. As he sees the crowd of people and gets closer to realise that it is all about him, he will slowly change his expression to a shocked and sad look. Tybalt says ' Romeo, he love I bear thee can afford no better term than this: thou art a villain' this line will have many pauses and emphasised words, such as 'thou art a villain', which will be said pausing between each word and heavily emphasised the word 'villain'. Before Tybalt says 'thou art a villain' he will pause for 3-5 seconds. This pause is very important because it creates suspense. Tybalt will be frowning and have his head tilted foreword. This small invasion of Romeo's private space will threaten him. At this point, Romeo will look towards the audience with a confused and scared look upon his face. Romeo's reply will be taken as an insult to him; this is not the way that it was intended. Tybalt will be confused and just as Romeo says 'Therefore farewell, I see thou knowest me not' (line 57-58) Romeo will walk backwards and then turn away. At this point, I want Tybalt to push Romeo from behind and make him stumble to the floor. Tybalt will push, not fight, because he wants a duel, not a one sided fight, so he therefore he will try and make Romeo angry. Line 59, Tybalt will say that Romeo is a 'boy'. I would emphasise this heavily, so everyone can hear. Especially the audience, who will be shocked by it and the fact that Romeo does not retaliate. ...read more.

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For example, is Romeo a 'villain' or a friend and is Benvolio a coward, fighter or troublemaker? The audience will interpret these possibilities by the way that I make theme come across; with the use of facial and body expressions and poetic devices such as dramatic irony. This scene the climax of the other chain of events, which lead to the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare most probably killed off Mercutio early in the play, to create a seldom atmosphere among the characters and the audience. A seldom atmosphere usually means that more tragedy is coming, and it is really just getting the audience into the plot. Since the theme of the play is 'Romantic Tragedy', the majority of the play will play among these line, except for the end or the play where there is a total contrast of a reconciliation between the Montagues and the Capulets; the emphasis of the new-found friendship, to the highest degree. Mercutio dying sets the ball rolling for other tragedies, that the audience may come across. At the end of scene 1, I want the audience to be overcome with emotions and reactions. I will make the actors emphasise their facial and body language to such an extent that the audience feels sorry/ happy for the characters. I will try and make the audience ponder the question: who is the enemy? Mercutio, for starting trouble? Tybalt, for killing first? or Romeo, for revenging the death? I will try and achieve this by making the characters have menacing looks and malicious actions or way of speaking, but also give them tender tendencies. The audience will draw their own conclusions The audience will also try and predict how Romeo and Juliet's marriage will decrease or improve. They will try and use evidence, on where their marriage will get better or worse by, for example, after Romeo killed Tybalt, he may have a less distressed look; this symbolises he is not that worried about Juliet, therefore he will make everything okay in the end. Hassan Ali 1/ 6 ...read more.

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