The Opening Scene in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Essay

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The Opening Scene in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

The Prologue

The prologue is the first thing that is said in the play, and it's point is to tell you what the play is about. It is written in sonnet form giving a brief outline of the play, that is the first four lines are leading you into the play, setting the scene, giving you the background information you need so you can understand the play. This is so the first scene is not spent describing life up until that point. The rest of the prologue is spent telling you what you should expect in the play, this is so you can understand it better when it happens. Then on the last line it says,

"What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to
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He can't stand the fact that they have drawn their swords, then stopped and talked of peace, he wants violence, he wants to show the Montague's who is best, who is the bravest, this comes across to the others and is the spark that starts the fight. I like this start to the scene, we have been told in the prologue that there are two families that dislike each other, and then straight away we realise just how much. We then find out that this is not just a one off thing. The citizens who arrive to break up the fight are familiar with both houses and are sick to the back teeth of the constant anguish they are causing the city.

"Clubs, bills, and partisans! Strike! Beat them down!

Down with the Capulets! Down with the Montagues!"

They are not in favour of either house, they hate them both and they are prepared to put up a fight against them. The mood then changes, the fight ceases, this is because of the entrance of the prince. The prince gives a speech showing his anger at the two families, and towards the end threatening them.

"If ever you disturb our streets again,

Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace."

He is threatening them with their lives, but no doubt he has told them before, yet they take no notice.

"By thee old Capulet, and Montague,

Have thrice disturbed the quiet of our streets,"

It's the third time they have had a major fight and the…