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What is the dramatic impact of Act 1 Scene 1 on the play of Romeo and Juliet?

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What is the dramatic impact of Act 1 Scene 1 on the play of 'Romeo and Juliet'? Paragraph 2 William Shakespeare starts the play with a dramatic fight that sets the play up and unravels the hatred involved in the play. The scene begins with Sampson and Gregory, servants of the house of Capulet. Sampson and Gregory are at first having a casual conversation about there rivals the Montague's. They discuss what they'll do if the see 'A dog of the house of Montague'. But as the conversation progresses the Capulet servants start to get really heated up and Sampson starts mention the fact that he doesn't care whether it's the men or the women, he says he'll kill both of them. ...read more.

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but because the Capulet's don't expect it they ask themselves if it is lawful is they say yes because they started it. As a result the Montague servants ask if they're quarrelling and the Capulet servants say that they aren't quarrelling, then through all of these questions the Capulet servant Sampson decides to start the fight of by saying 'I am for you, I serve as good a man as you' and the fight starts with a disagreement of who's got the better master Benvolio enters and they Capulet's start to fight. Benvolio decides to try and stop the fight, but Tybalt enters the stage and dramatic says that he hates peace and he hates Montague's. ...read more.

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In the modern interpretation this would be an insult to all people that are related in anyway to the house of Montague, this could include the servants and friends of the house. The word 'dog' used in the quote is insulting because this may mean that Montague's are a dirty scavenger that is considered very low socially and below everyone else. But this could also mean that the Montague's are ruthless and too scared to fight alone because dogs hunt in packs and without each other they are nothing, either way the word dog is insulting to Montague's. We learn a lot about Sampson and Gregory's character through what they say. When Sampson is trying to insult the Montague's, Gregory often tries to manipulated what he is a saying, for example, when Sampson says the quote above Gregory replies, ...read more.

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