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  1. romeo and juliet english media

    Also their costumes tell the audience who are "the bad guys" for example the Capulets are mostly dressed in black which normally symbolizes darkness and evil, that is exaggerated even more in the Capulet ball as Tybalt is dressed as a devil and his gang as other evil characters. This meant that it would maintain a young audience's attention as they can understand what is happening. Baz Luhrmann has kept to the original script with the old Shakespearean language which is highlighted in the title "William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet".

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  2. Violence and conflict are central to "Romeo and Juliet". Discuss this theme with reference to at least three scenes in the play

    And he makes it clear to everyone that if the streets are disturbed again their lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace. I know this because in the text he says: "If ever you disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of peace. For this time all the rest depart away;" In Act 3 Scene 1 this scene is about Mercutio who is outraged when Romeo refuses Tybalt's challenge, Mercutio draws his own sword, and in the fighting that follows both he and Tybalt are killed.

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  3. Explain in detail how Shakespeare builds up the mood and tension in Romeo and Juliet, act three scene five

    Romeo: "Look, love ..." Romeo then starts to cause a little bit of tension when he says "I must be gone and live or stay and die." This will remind the 16th Century audience that Romeo does have to go, or if he stays he will die. This is the first reference to death in this scene, and the mood now starts to change to a sad one. Juliet's next paragraph completely saddens the atmosphere too. The mood is now of an extremely sad one and the tension is rising.

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  4. How is conflict potrayed in 'Romeo and Juliet'?

    The public or social institutions that either explicitly or implicitly oppose the existence of their love include families and the placement of familial power in the father, law and desire for public order, religion and the social importance placed on the masculine order. These societal institutions provide an obstacle for Romeo and Juliet and combine to create a profound conflict for the couple. There are several conventions incorporated into Shakespeare's plays, sonnets and texts. The tragic hero was commonly used and was a nobleman of prosperity and status.

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  5. How does Shakespeare use dramatic devices in Act 3 scene 1 of "Romeo and Juliet" in order to make it such an interesting, exciting and important scene?

    and Tybalt. In the 16th Century when Romeo and Juliet was written, death was morbidly fascinating to people so there is a lot of dark imagery in the play that hints at a morbid ending, for example, in act 3 scene 5 Juliet says that Romeo looks "as one dead in the bottom of a tomb" as he climbs down from her balcony. Death is a main theme in Romeo and Juliet, who both kill themselves at the end of the play and threaten to many times throughout the play.

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    Not many people nowadays can easily understand the language used in Shakespeare's plays. To over come this problem an intelligent use of characters, props, setting and music is used to help the audience understand better the story line and to be kept entertained by the film. The setting of a film is very important. It is especially important when trying to adapt a Shakespeare play because the director finds himself in a dilemma. He has two choices, he can either keep the setting orthodox to keep in with time the play was set in, or he can choose a modern setting.

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  7. 'Romeo and Juliet' W. Shakespeare, Act One Scene Five and Act Three Scene One, How Does Shakespeare Make These Two Scenes dramatic?

    In the first scene we see the rivalry between "Two households, both alike in dignity", the Capulets and the Montagues. Shakespeare then goes on to introduce us to Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet. This is a good example of Shakespeare's skill as a dramatist and his use of dramatic irony in that we know the identities of the two lovers but Romeo and Juliet do not know each other's identity upon meeting. In Act one scene four, the scene immediately preceding Act one scene five, Romeo speaks of his feeling of foreboding before entering the Capulet's party, "I

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    This is when Romeo drinks the poison and dies. After seconds, Juliet awakens and looks at her dead Romeo, she tries to drink what's' left of the poison but she remains alive until she saw a dagger and stabs herself to death. In Act 1 scene 5 it starts with a party in the Capulet mansion, also Romeo sees Juliet for the first time and describes her using hyperboles. Subsequently Tybalt recognises Romeo by his voice and swears he will kill him.

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  9. Romeo and Juliet charts Juliet's journey from subservient daughter to passionate lover

    Her status in society as a woman is mirrored by her status in her family. Capulet and Lady Capulet see Juliet more of a possession which will eventually work in their advantage when they will want to marry her off to someone rich (Paris). We see this lack of respect for Juliet in Act 3 Scene 5 when Capulet says "I'll give you to my friend". It's like he doesn't even care what she wants just what he wants matters and he treats her more like his possession then a daughter.

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  10. How does Shakespeare prepare the audience for the final scene of the play?

    "Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean." The key word in this part of the prologue is "civil," Citizens of Verona should to be civil, and show respect for one another in order to get along. But too often, they don't. They engage in civil wars and shed "civil blood," which would not happen if they were really civil to one another.

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  11. To what extent do you believe that Friar Lawrence is responsible for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

    Benvolio, Romeo's best friend is an intense and insightful young man. Romeo's other friend Mercutio is in complete contrast to Benvolio, he is aggressive and his ferociousness, which is shown in both his dialogue and his action, incites a swordfight, which has a critical and disastrous consequence affecting every character in the play. Although Juliet is a Capulet, sworn enemy of the Montague's, she does not participate in or support the feud, which divides Verona and causes havoc on the streets of the fair city. She is nearly fourteen years of age and appears to be content with obeying her parent's wishes, until she comes across her one true love, Romeo.

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  12. Lord Capulet, How good a father do you feel he is to Juliet

    The Prince treats Montague and Capulet equally: 'You, Capulet, shall go along with me, and Montague, come you this afternoon'. The prince decides to see Montague and Capulet about the fighting at separate times because if they go together they will fight. In Act 1, scene 2, Lord Capulet talks to Paris, a nobleman who wants to marry Juliet. At the start of this scene Capulet gives another clue to his age: 'In penatly alike, 'tis not hard , I think, For men so old as we to keep the peace'.

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  13. Analyse the plot and describe how you would direct a film of romeo and juliet?

    The fact that their families are enemies would have been a huge factor in deciding whether or not they could be lovers at the time that the play was written, because, then, the idea of family honour was considered a lot more important than it is now. It sets up the tragedy of the play. My version of this scene would have a contemporary setting, because I think this would make it more interesting and understandable to younger children as well as older people, and it is more original than the traditional sixteenth century version.

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  14. Who was to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet?

    Once a couple were married the woman belonged to the man like a personal object or a valuable item. Romeo Montague the fifteen year old young lover was to blame as much as anyone else for his own death. Throughout the story Romeo was too hasty and aggressive which didn't do much for him in the end. He was far too quick when deciding to marry Juliet and literally begged Friar Lawrence to marry them. "But this is a pray that thou consent to marry us today!" a line said by Romeo as he spoke to Friar Lawrence about the marriage, this line shows how desperate Romeo was about marrying Juliet.

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  15. Discuss the dramatic significance of Act 3 - romeo and juliet

    It means that the lovers are not going to be in control of what will happen. Shakespeare has manipulated the audience's feelings because all the way because all the play is about is love and happiness apart from the start were there was a fight. However at the start of this scene Benvolio warns Mercutio about Tybalt 'The day is hot, the Capulet's are abroad', Benvolio warns him that capulets will be out and about. So he doesn't want there to be any fights or arguments. The audience remember Tybalts warning which was 'Now seeming sweet, convert to bitt'rest gall.'

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  16. "Young men's love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes". To what extent is this true of Romeo's feelings towards Juliet: does he really love her.

    Benvolio eventually finds out that Romeo is depressed as he is "out of her favour where I am in love". This shows that at the moment he believes that he is in love with Rosaline, despite him only knowing her for a short time and the feelings not being reciprocated as she has taken an oath of chastity and will not be persuaded to change her mind by Romeo. Eventually Benvolio manages to convince Romeo that he should come to the party with him, despite Romeo assuring him that "thou canst not teach me to forget", making the audience think he may well be in love.

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  17. Romeo and Juliet

    Both of these scenes open the acts and therefore set the scene to intrigue the audience. In act one scene one the scene is set in the bust Verona streets and the audience first meets the servants from the house of caplets exchanging crude jokes about their enemies when they spy the Montague's further away in the Verona streets. One of the servants is anxious and wants to fight the montages and says "I strike quickly being moved" meaning that the servant would fight if one of the Montague's aggravated or threatened him.

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  18. Why is Act 3 Scene 5 Lines 64 - end of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' so important and what is its dramatic impact on the audience? How should this scene be performed to heighten its

    He then sends a messenger to Romeo saying come back to Verona and sneak off with her. But Romeo gets news of Juliet's 'death' from another Montague and goes back to see her body. The messenger, therefore, misses him. Romeo finds the tomb where Juliet's body is, and despairs. He goes to a medicine seller and gets a poison which will kill instantly. He thinks that there is nothing worth living for if not Juliet. He therefore drinks the lethal poison next to Juliet and dies just before she 'comes back from the dead'.

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  19. How does Shakespeare use dramatic tension and irony in Romeo and Juliet

    He is worried that a brawl will take place with the Capulets. Benvolio's worry alerts the audience to the fact that a fight will inevitably take place in this scene. "I pray thee good Mercutio, let's retire. The day is hot, the Capulets abroad, and if we meet, we shall not 'scape a brawl". This is the first case of dramatic tension in this scene, as none of the characters can be certain as to whether or not a brawl will take place, but the audience are anticipating one, due to Benvolio's nervousness.

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  20. Where does the fault lie? Consider the characters and the events that end in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.

    Tybalt could have been another character because if he wasn't so eager to fight he wouldn't have killed Mercutio, and then he wouldn't have cursed the houses. For the duration of the play there are a number of key events that could be thought of as the cause of the tragedy. Probably the main event for the superstitious people is that when Tybalt killed Mercutio, his last dying breath was curse on the Montagues and the Capulets houses. Also the play's first scene is a fight between the Montagues and the Capulets.

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  21. Who is to blame for deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

    I am laying the blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet on nearly all the characters in the play, excluding the citizens of Verona, the masquers, pagers, servants and watchmen, as these were just playing their role in life. Firstly, I blame the Prince. He should have acted earlier to stop the feud between the two families. Escalus had that authority and it was his duty to use it to Veronas' advantage. It was unjust of him to send Romeo away from Verona as a punishment for killing Tybalt when the fight was Tylbalt's fault.

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  22. Analyse the Dramatic Presentation of Romeo in Act 1

    There are no specific statements in the play that suggest the values on family, love, society etc but instead I feel the audience are made to make there own minds up about what the play is about which may help them to establish a better understanding of the play and therefore appreciate it more which is maybe one of the reasons that "Romeo and Juliet" has become such a successful play. He seems to be more involved in his own problems to actually be bothered about the family feud.

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  23. How does Shakespeare create tension for the audience in Act3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet

    Because of the intensity of the relationship between the couple and the complex development of events during the few days of the play's action, the story can certainly seem to take place over a time span much longer than the one it actually occupies. This adds to the pace of the play and therefore shows the audience how the love shared by the two characters brings about their pre-mature deaths. Love is undoubtedly the play's dominant and most important theme.

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    It encompasses great love, high drama, low comedy and a tragic ending. William Shakespeare at that time wrote stories which reflect some family views but in different terms. In Shakespeare's play, we see love at first sight, we see power used and abused, in those who seek it, in the hands of wicked tyrants. We honour in noble men and women, lost through foolishness. The English language, which is used in this play, is different to the English now. They used words such as "hast, "thy," "thou"...

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  25. Romeo and Juliet. By the end of Act 3 Scene 5, the audience find that Juliet is completely isolated and only then becomes desperate

    The scene directly following the present one is so important and significant because when Juliet is told of the news that it has been arranged she will be wed to thee Paris on the Thursday next -"... Thursday next, to go with Paris to Saint Peter's Church..."- and as that is her fathers wish, she will have to abide by it. Consequently, Juliet is so distraught that she tells her mother first that she will not marry Paris next Thursday-"Now by Saint Peter's Church and Peter too, He shall not make me there a joyful bride!"-She tells her mother as

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