The Start Of A Tragedy : Staging Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

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Cathy Cai Ms. Dwyer Freshmen Composition I 3 November 2015 The Start of a Tragedy: Staging Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (Act Four Scene Five) In Act Four Scene Five of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the Capulets and Paris face a turning point in their lives when they find Juliet “dead.” However, the viewers know that Juliet is actually asleep. Crushed by the prospect of marrying Paris instead of Romeo, she sought out Friar Lawrence to find a solution. The Friar gave her a vial to drink, which allows Juliet to have death-like qualities for forty-two hours. Act Four Scene Five starts off with the Nurse finding Juliet’s body, and one by one, the rest of the Capulet household react to Juliet’s death in a way that reveals their true affection for her. Staging and directing should enhance the dramatic lines spoken, for this scene is the beginning of the climax that will eventually lead to Romeo and Juliet’s deaths. Act Four Scene Five should be depicted as a movie. While the stage is the traditional medium for Shakespeare’s plays, there are certain aspects that must be portrayed with technology. For example, camera angles should also be used when characters are expressing a dramatic and important line that the viewer should take note of; it adds depth to the scene. The movie should also be set in contemporary times, like Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, (1996) because it would represent the scene in a more lively and realistic manner. The clothing should be very elegant

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