The Role of Act 1 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in the Entire Play

1804 Words8 Pages
The Role of Act 1 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in the Entire Play

‘Romeo and Juliet’ is an example of a Shakespearean tragedy, which is

the polar opposite of a comedy (This means its totally different in

every way). In other words, it is a drama with an unhappy ending. The

play was also intended for the Elizabethan theatre, which was arranged

in a different way to our theatres nowadays. The stage used to be set

out with three different levels, which was perfect for some of the

scenes in Romeo and Juliet (e.g. the balcony scene) and there were

different areas for the audience to watch the production. There were

seats for the more wealthy people and there was a pit for the

peasants. Having both the wealthy and the peasants watching the show

was good for the performance, because the peasants used to heckle at

the actors along with the rich people and they both used to get

involved in the play. Shakespeare’s plays were written for everyone

that wanted to watch them. His plays were not just written for the

wealthy. Also the actors were just normal people. The actors were not

famous; they had just learnt the lines and put on a performance.

‘Romeo and Juliet’ is a play not a book, it is meant to be performed

not read. Many people refer to it as a book but it’s not, it’s a play.

In act 1 there are a lot events that dramatically effect the rest of

the play dramatically. Some of these events are: The Prince’s sentence

is passed on the two families after another fight in Verona, Juliet’s

rejection of Paris and the Capulet’s promise that he would not force

her to marry him, Peter wrongly informs and invites Romeo, Benvolio

and the ...

... middle of paper ...

...ard!’

If this were not done Tybalt would not be made out to be so mean and

angry. Using blank verse also gives more effect of the tension

building between him and the Montagues.

As we progress through the play we notice the build up of dramatic

tension Tybalt has with the Capulets. It goes up in stages and ends

with a climax (Tybalt’s death).

So in conclusion I would say that it can be said that the events in

Act One, influence the rest of the play and the death of the

“star-crossed lovers”, enormously. This is because if the main events

that I have analysed previously did not happen, then the rest of the

play would not have turned out how it did. Each event leads (in one

way or another) to the death of the “star-crossed lovers” and

therefore influences the rest of the on-going events throughout the

play.
Open Document