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Shakespeare(TM)s balcony scene(TM) (Act 2 Scene 2) is renowned throughout the world. Given the restrictions of the Globe Theatre how might Shakespeare have directed this scene to appeal to his whole audience?

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Pre 1914 Drama/ Shakespeare coursework English and literature GCSE Shakespeare's 'balcony scene' (Act 2 Scene 2) is renowned throughout the world. Given the restrictions of the Globe Theatre how might Shakespeare have directed this scene to appeal to his whole audience? Act 2 Scene 2, or balcony scene as it is most commonly known, is arguably one of Shakespeare's most beautiful and passionate. The dramatic devices, along with its buoyancy fill the scene with an eccentric and expressive impact. The novel entails "A pair of star-crossed lovers" as noted in the prologue that "Take their life". Shakespeare's linguistic talents along with poetic skills portray masses of sexual tension and lingering delays throughout the scene. I will talk of a few moments in which this tragic tale could be performed to create complete excitement within the Globe Theatre. After a Capulet party, once Romeo's friends have departed, Romeo finds the need to seek Juliet. ...read more.


"Henceforth I never will be Romeo." In this moment Juliet is startled and to some extent embarrassed to discover that Romeo had in fact been eavesdropping in on her declaration. She questions Romeo on how he got there "The orchard walls are high, and hard to climb, And the place death, considering who thou art." By saying this Juliet briefly reminds the audience of the scale of trouble in which Romeo would be forced upon if he were to be caught, but at the same time points out Romeo's bravery and lack of care for his own safety when Juliet is concerned. Shakespeare describes there love of the couple as "Too like lightning." Lightning flashes quickly and then disappears within a matter of a few seconds. This brilliant metaphor portrays the romance between them as powerful, sudden and unpredictable. Also lightning is bright and can be blinding a times. "A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life." ...read more.


Juliet is already planning the wedding and is taking control of their relationship. "And yet no further than a wanton's bird." This use of imagery is supporting the fact that Juliet is in control; if she whistles Romeo will come running. Nearing the end Juliet should begin to put real love sick emotion in her voice "Good night, good night. Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say 'Good night' till it be morrow." To make this prose effective Juliet should clutch her hands by her heart and speak as though she will not see Romeo again. To conclude, directing the 'balcony scene' in the Globe Theatre would be a testing objective. Without any lighting and very limited props the challenge becomes somewhat greater. Body language would play a massive role of portraying the characters emotions, as would the tone of one's voice being appropriate to the conversation. Both these factors and more would need to be perfect in order recreate the scene in which Shakespeare had in mind when he wrote the play sum 400 years ago. ?? ?? ?? ?? Callum Jolly 1 ...read more.

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