Shakespeare's Act I Scene I of Romeo and Juliet as Dramatically Effective

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Shakespeare's Act I Scene I of Romeo and Juliet as Dramatically Effective The predominant themes of the play are love and hate, and the idea of honor, which are dramatized into a tragic love story. We learn this from the prologue “ A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life”. Also in the prologue it outlines these themes- hate from two families (set in Verona, Italy), which have been quarreling for decades “From ancient grudge break to new mutiny” that convey an element of conflict in the play. The theme of love is a young man (Romeo) from one family that falls in love with a young woman (Juliet) from another family; which results in both the families being involved in this feud. In this scene…show more content…
Thus we see the honor for ourselves and their ever-growing pride and passion to be faithful to their families. As the action pinnacles Benvolio is introduced. He is excellently portrayed to the audience as thoughtful and fearful of the law. In the play, Benvolio is the peacemaker “I do but keep the peace”. We know this because he says, “ Put up thy sword, Or manage it to part these men…” Which means for the men to put away their swords or use them to help part the other men. He would rather use peaceful methods of compromising than violence, yet he is not a coward because he says he will not fight unless it is for good cause. His name comes from the Latin meaning “good-will”. On the contrary Tybalt is the complete opposite to Benvolio. He is a fiery and pugnacious character; full of rage “ I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues and Thee”. Also he is very dramatic compared to Benvolio. We see a complete contrast between the two characters. This contrast between Benvolio and Tybalt is dramatically effective because it enlivens the mood and excites the audience in seeing pure, long-standing hatred and scorn between the two, rather than having two characters that are civilized which would be rather bland for the audience to watch. Amidst all the conflict between the Capulets and the Montagues; Prince Escalus appears with a speech. When the men
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