Romeo and Juliet- Essay

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Borna Abbassian 11F

Romeo and Juliet- Essay

        William Shakespeare is said to have wrote the play Romeo and Juliet between the years 1589 to 1595. During this time period William Shakespeare also wrote the two gentlemen of Verona and King Richard III. However I will be focusing on one of his most famous plays Romeo and Juliet. The play is about two families, Capulet’s and Montague’s, who have been fighting and arguing for many centuries. Romeo who is a Montague and Juliet who is a Capulet fall in love and ignore their families’ hatred for each other. Act one scene five is the first time when Romeo and Juliet meet each other and are able to talk to one another. The scene takes place at the Capulet mansion where a masked ball is being held by the head of the Capulet house. This scene is the most important as it is the first time where Romeo and Juliet meet each other and find out about each others backgrounds. Before act one scene five the audience are able to see the families’ hatred for each other as they are constantly fighting. However the audience see a gentler and caring side to Romeo, unlike the rest of his relatives he is not fighting on the streets but he is thinking about a girl that he loves who does not love him in return. The audience see Romeo very unhappy and sad because of his non reciprocating love.

        Act one scene five begins with Capulet asking for more light. The line form the play which shows this is “More light you knaves, and turn the tables up.” From this quote we can see that Capulet says this in order to get the ball more energetic and more flowing. The aim of this line is to get the ball started. By saying more light Capulet livens up the party and his guests become more and more excited.

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        The ball that is being held at the Capulet mansion is a masked ball. This is an important factor because if the Capulet’s knew that there was a group of Montague’s at their ball they would be outraged. “How long is’t now since last yourself and I were in a mask?” This quote shows that the guests at the ball are in masks. At the beginning of the scene Capulet welcomes all is guests to the ball, not knowing that he was also welcoming Montague’s because all of the guests were wearing masks.

        When Romeo first sees Juliet his words ...

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