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What expectations are created in the first scene of Romeo and Juliet and how does Shakespeare establish these expectations?

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G.C.S.E. English Literature Coursework Assignment: What expectations are created in the first scene of Romeo and Juliet and how does Shakespeare establish these expectations? Romeo and Juliet is a romance/tragedy by William Shakespeare set in the Italian post medieval city of Verona based on two lovers named Romeo (from the house of Montague) and Juliet (from the house of Capulet) who are hampered by their families hate for each other and are forced to death because of their families' conflict. This play brings up key themes hate and love throughout the play. At the start of the play the two Capulet servants Sampson and Gregory are in conversation and the come across one of the Montague servants, Abram and this causes friction because of the ongoing war between the two families. One of the leading members of The Montague's' enters, Benvolio. Benvolio tries to stop the conflict but one of the leading members of the Capulet family enters, Tybalt, and he destroys all attempts Benvolio might have tried to stop a conflict, and they fight with other members of the house joining in on the fray. This leads to a entrance from the Prince of Verona, which breaks up the fight and he then gives a speech, indicating that he and the city have had enough of the quarrels between the two families. ...read more.

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I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee.' Lines 61-62. Benvolio's attempts at peace are shattered once again and they fight. Shakespeare also shows a contrast of character in this dialogue. The language both characters use are very different. Benvolio with his desperate attempts at peace and Tybalt with his fiery aggressive dialogue. They contrast each other but relate to the two families, the Capulets being aggressive and the Montagues being the more peace makers than fighters this is shown in other parts of the play where Romeo fighting and is perceived as more of a lover rather than a fighter. The audience now how a feel for the play and have identified one of the key themes of the play, hate. They have also established two of the main characters Benvolio and Tybalt. The scene is now set for the entrance of the Prince. When the Prince enters the contrast in aggression and peace is shown between the heads of the two families, where the heads of Capulets go out to attack the heads of the Montagues. Shakespeare showing the audience again the themes of the two families. ...read more.

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This line also gives a hint to the audience to what is going to happen later on in the story, because it shows to the audience what is going to happen to him within his relationship with Juliet. Shakespeare uses these lines to give the audience hints to what is going to happen in the play and to help build their expectations for the rest of the story. Shakespeare creates the audiences' expectations in Scene 1 Act 1 for the rest of the play, by using contrast in language, introducing key themes love and hate, and giving hints to the audience to what is going to happen later in the play. The audiences' initial expectations of violence and hatred are changed due to development in events and the plot and the introduction of love. The audiences' expectation of key characters are created in this opening scene. Tybalt; the aggressive fiery fighter, Benvolio; the peacekeeper and Romeo; the lover. The audience are also introduced to the two main families, Montagues and Capulets, they are also shown the war and intensity of the war between the two families. Daniel Walsh 11DRK ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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