Romeo And Juliet Balcony Scene Analysis Analysis

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1&2. The brawl scene at the start is a vital scene to begin the play with as the audience get to witness the anger and severity of the feud of the Capulets and Montagues. Shakespeare may be opening with this scene as the audience watch the duration of the play with tension and unease. Another reason Shakespeare may be opening up with a fighting between the Capulets and the Montagues is because the audience can sense how grave the atmosphere between the two families. The latest argument was also started by serving men of the two households, this reflects the animosity even between the less important members of each household.
3. The prince threatens the Montagues and Capulets with “torture” and “death”, foreshadowing the deaths of Tybalt and Mercutio and the later suicides of Romeo and Juliet. This leaves the audience watching the remainder of the play in tension and unease. The Princes warning is another reminder after the prologue that the play is a tragedy and Romeo and Juliet will be dying. The audience also feels on edge after hearing Prince Escales’ warning as they are awaiting the deaths to come.
4&5. At the beginning of the play Shakespeare chooses not to involve Romeo in the brawl. This could be because participating in the brawl would conflict with the later personality of Romeo the audience sees. When the audience first meet Romeo he is portrayed as a dreamy love-struck young man who pines over the unattainable love of Rosaline. The character of Romeo differs to the character we would be expecting of an idealistic protagonist. Romeo mopes around Verona causing his parents to...

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