Directing William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

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Imagine you are going to direct this scene for a class performance.Explain how you want the parts of Juliet and Lady Capulet or LordCapulet to bring out the tension of the scene, including comments toshow how you want the audience to respond to the argument.

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This play Romeo and Juliet is set in the Elizabethan times, whenShakespeare was writing and producing plays. This particular play,‘Romeo and Juliet’, is set in Verona, Italy. It is here; we meet thewealthy families of Capulet and Montague families. These twoparticular families have been feuding for generations upongenerations. The Capulet family holds a masquerade party, where allare welcome except the Montague family. Romeo attends uninvited, andit is here he meets his love; Juliet of the Capulet family. Withouttheir parents consent, the two teenage lovers marry, with the Juliet’snurse only knowing the truth. In Verona town, Mercuitio and Tybaltfight each other, resulting in Mercutio’s death. Romeo avenges thedeath of his friend, by slaying Tybalt. As a result of this, Romeo hasto flee Verona, leaving behind his wife Juliet. During Romeo’sabsence, Juliet is forced to marry Paris. We already know that Romeois Juliet’s husband, so she fakes her death. This is an act ofdramatic irony because the audience know something the parents don’t.

This play is classified as a tragedy, because Romeo and Juliet die foreach other, therefore ending the feud between the two families. Thisplay is loosely based around Elizabethan England; the Hierarchy. TheNurse for Juliet had to fulfil a mother’s duties. She would have beenright at the bottom of the hierarchy because economically, she wasvulnerable and poor. Juliet could not marry Paris, not just becauseshe didn’t want to but she was already married to Romeo. As shealready has a husband, she is going against God, who was right at thetop of the hierarchy. Also at a young teenager age, it was common forthe children to be married with the parents choosing as to whom theirchildren should marry.

I have chosen Act 3 Scene 5 lines 126-203. In this scene, Romeo hasfled Verona, and left behind a weeping Juliet. Lady Capulet enters,looking sad, as she is upset about the death of Tybalt. She sees aweeping Juliet on the bed crying. Lady Capulet tells Juliet that Parisand her are to wed on Thursday, but Juliet refuses. Juliet has a rowwith her mother and father for refusing to marry Paris. Juliet cannotobey him due to the hierarchy; she cannot marry while being married to


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