Romeo and Juliet - how important is the opening scene of the play - How effective should it be on stage - Consider analyle - comment on characters - action - stage craft - the atmosphere and theme

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Hannah Louise Davies                         December 17th 2002


    Romeo and Juliet: how important is the opening scene of the play?  How effective should it be on stage? (Deal with lines 1-11), the first mention of Romeo.  Consider analyle, comment on characters, action, stage craft, the atmosphere and theme.


    The opening scene of Romeo and Juliet is effective because it’s full of humour and violence.  These two characteristics are powerful on their own, but together they make the first scene witty and dramatic.  The opening scene is important as it sets the whole atmosphere of the families on going feud.

    The play opens with two Capulet servants (Sampson and Gregory) who are carrying arms, which is significant as they’re aware of violence and danger.  They also use language to imitate violence such as, thrust, and strike.  As they do this it amuses the groundlings watching, what amuses them is that they talk about violence then, violence towards women.

    “I will thrust the Montague’s maids to the wall” (Sampson).  Which basically means that they’ll rape they’re women if they had the chance.  These two Capulet servants are playing with puns in the first few lines such as, coals, colliers and coller.  Then they go on to describe their feelings about the rival family, the Montague’s.

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    They imply these feelings towards the other family by saying that they’ll ‘thrust’ they’re women to the wall. By also challenging the other family whether they’ll be man or woman.  Gregory points out that the feud is between the men, whilst Sampson replies that he doesn’t care and that he’ll fight the men and then ‘deal’ with their women, in a crude sexual way.

  The prologue suggests that the play is full of violence and tragedy.  Although, the opening scene begins with a contrasting light hearted humour.  This scene should be effective on stage as it is ...

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