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Romeo & Juliet Describe The Dramatic Significance And Effect Of Act 1

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Matt Barker Romeo & Juliet Describe The Dramatic Significance And Effect Of Act 1 Four hundred years ago, William Shakespeare wrote The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, a popular play that continues to capture the imagination and emotions of people around the world. The drama portrays the passionate, violent and often desperate lives of the youth of Verona. Even today, the tragedy resembles a blueprint of the problems that the adolescents of the twentieth century must face each day. In this play, Shakespeare explores the pitfalls of young love and the consequences they receive from their actions. The opening scene of any play is extremely important because it can play a major role in establishing key elements throughout the rest of the performance. The main elements are the characters, themes, language, settings and plot. The audience can form a basic idea of these elements involved to spark their interest in the play. At the end of an opening scene the audience have usually had an insight into the typical mood and language of the play. It also enables the viewers to have a taster of the style of the author's writing. In Elizabethan England, when Shakespeare's first plays were being shown, the language in the opening scenes was particularly important. ...read more.


The nurse however contrasts from any of the characters I have mentioned so far but does relate to Mercutio who is later introduced in the play. The nurse is a very large character with many different sides to her. She is loud, embarrassing and gossips rather relentlessly. For example the nurse talks about how Juliet will have to lie on her back for men when she is older, she jokes about this in front of Juliet's mother! Above all the nurse is a very funny and much of a comic character. A character like this is important to have in a play such as 'Romeo & Juliet' as it contrasts from the rest of the play and gives the audience a break from all the hatred and depression from the rest of the play. This keeps the audience more focused on the play and also probably makes the comedy more amusing than it would usually be because it contrasts so much from the other factors of the play. Other examples of the nurse being embarrassing and comical are in lines sixteen to forty-eight. The nurse is screaming frantically at the top of her voice, and as we see in the Baz Luhrman film the nurse hysterically dashing around the house trying to find Juliet. ...read more.


Luckily for Romeo Juliet's father gets involved and there is a power struggle between the two. Old Capulet orders Tybalt that no blood will be spilt in his house on such a night. Tybalt furiously argues his point but then stands down. This power struggle causes the tension to rise even further as this argument literally would have decided Romeo's fate. After this Romeo & Juliet finally have their first dialogue with each other. There are fourteen lines in their conversation and unlike the prologue this is a more original sonnet as it is based about love. Within this sonnet there are rhyming couplets which also describe love. Shakespeare does this to clearly display that the couple are falling in love and from this we think that Tybalt will suddenly lash out at Romeo if he discovers this. Romeo also uses religious imagery to describe his love for Juliet, he does this because he thinks that their love is pure and perfect and that he believes in Juliet as much as his faith. The more that Romeo talks about his love for Juliet the more we start to feel sorry for him because he does still not yet know that Juliet is a Capulet, that her cousin wishes to kill him and that in fact she is due to marry Paris. It seems that their love for each other at this point would only cause harm or even death. 1 1 1 1 ...read more.

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