Romeo and Juliet is a tragic story of love set in Verona. At the start of the play, the audience see a prologue, which informs them that the story is going to end in tragedy. The play is filled with huge contrasts of emotions. At the start of the play we see a fight between the Montague's and the Capulet's filled with violence and hatred when the play is actually about love. This contrast between love and hate will become apparent as you go further through the play.
The play starts with the serving men and servants setting the tables. This is important as it gives an insight into the lower class point of view (groundlings) who would be standing watching the play. The speech made by cat the start of the play is very important as it sets the mood for the rest of the party and also the rest of the scene. He starts by welcoming the guests and jokes with them saying that if the ladies did not dance they had an affliction of corns on their feet. This tells us that Capulet is trying to put across an image that he is quite jolly and light hearted. Capulet then says that he is too old to take part in this party and it is important that Shakespeare uses this line as there would probably be a very slight age gap between the actor or Capulet and the rest of the actor's on stage. The mood of the Capulets is much different in this part of the play than the fight at the start of the play when they appear very aggressive. At the moment they are putting themselves across as warm and welcoming people. They are not interested in fighting they just want everyone to enjoy the party and Shakespeare uses this for dramatic effect.
The speech between Romeo and Juliet is very important and Shakespeare makes it dramatically effective in many different ways. It is important to remember hat back in these times, women were not allowed to act on stage so Juliet would have been played by a man, therefore the words that describe Juliet need to portray how beautiful she actually is. Romeo...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document