Gcse English/English literature Shakespeare coursework essay
Analyse the ways in which the prologue and act 1 , scene 1 lines 1 to 94 prepare the audience for the rest of the play. How might a director interpret these opening lines to prepare the audience for what follows?
The prologue offers the audience an insight into events which will take place in the play. It tells you of the rivalry between the families and Romeo and Juliet's relationship. The opening scene starts to introduce the ideas of love and violence where Sampson's and Gregory's chauvinistic attitude to the Montague women will deeply contrast with Romeo's and Juliet's loving relationship. On stage the prologue ...view middle of the document...
The director needs to make the atmosphere of the prologue a complete contrast to the opening as it will make the opening more effective.
The Capulet servant's attitude towards the Montague women is important because their crude, inferior views of love or relationships is a kind of rape fantasy. For instance when Sampson says " thrust[ing] his [Montague's] maids to the wall" This shows the hostility towards the Motagues and his women. Sampson's and Gregory's chauvinistic views and attitudes sharply contrast with Romeo and Juliet's perfect genuine passionate love. On stage Sampson's and Gregory's immaturity about love could be shown by the way they are talking about the Montague women so the two servants should be perceived as mischievous and small minded as they walk around the stage.
Sampson's and Gregory's conversation and row with the Montague servants tells the audience that the feud between the two families is so bitter that even the servants are getting involved even though they are not actually related to the families. The way the characters create an atmosphere of violence is important is important to the scene as it shows why Romeo's and Juliet's love is so remarkable as they can fall in love within all the hostility. The characters speed and haste of fighting shows hat they act first and think later and don't realise what the consequences are. On stage a modern version of the play could be captured in this explosive situation by using more dangerous weapons such as guns and bombs.
Lord Capulet and Montague appear dangerous foolish as they handle their power as heads of the households badly. "give me my long sword, ho" This is what Capulet said when his servants were fighting with Montague's servants . The audience expects stability and...