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Love And Loyalty In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Love and Loyalty in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

In the play Romeo and Juliet (by William Shakespeare), I will be
staging the fifth Scene of Act 1. Arguably, this scene is the most
crucial point in the play, as this is where they both meet, and their
love and loyalties divide between them and their families. This scene
displays how the love of both Romeo and Juliet from different parties
confronts divided loyalties for them, as they either have to be loyal
to their families or to each other, but not both as the two loyalties
are in direct conflict with each other, being from each others enemy's
party.

They display they love and are loyalty to each other by what is said,
'My only love sprung from my only hate', this was said by Juliet after
finding out that Romeo was a Montague (divided loyalties). 'To smooth
that rough touch with a tender kiss' implies that Romeo has fallen in
love with Juliet also. In the scene that I have chosen, many types of
loyalties begin to reveal, e.g. blinded loyalty, divided loyalties,
loyal to love etc.

This scene will be staged in 1920's New York, America. The two parties
will be gangs, one American, and the other immigrants from Italy. The
American gang (Sharkies) will dislike the Italian gang (Stingers), the
reason for the dislike is for the fact that America was an intolerant
and racist country at the time. An American boy will fall in love with
an Italian girl and vice versa. This is where the divided loyalties
will come into it as they will both be falling in love with the enemy
of their group (just as in Romeo and Juliet).

I will start off by giving you a brief introduction to the point of
which I will be starting. The play starts off with a quarrel between
the servants of both parties and then turns out into a fight, the
fight is stopped by the prince (ion the case of the play I will be
staging, the prince will be a sergeant) and both parties are cautioned
of death if a public fight occurs again. Here you see the Montague
servants (again, will be gang members) being loyal to there master
after hearing Capulets party boasting. After which, Romeo, who comes
out at night and stays In his room is confronted by Benvolio (fellow
Montague) to see why he is sad, and he explains how he is in love with
a girl who does not love him back, but this is only an infatuation as
he only speaks of her beauty i.e. 'What doth her beauty serve as a
note.' Benvolio tries to persuade him to forget about her and that the
cure is to look out some other fine looking girls. Romeo refuses,
again showing loyalty to his 'so-called' love. Here, at first, there
will be dim lights, to express Romeo's infatuation but gradually get
lighter. This...

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