William Shakespeare was written in 1595. Themes involved are conflict love
tragedy and death. Aim was to engage the audience’s attention. Set in Verona, violent and feuding city, with two noble families battling in an ongoing war. Romeo and Juliet, children of these families, love affair, forced to keep their love hidden from their respective families. Death of both characters emphasises the strength of their love and highlights the tragic aspect of play as the Montagues & Capulet’s decide to put their feud behind them.
Romeo and Juliet: Servants are fighting over an argument. They are told to fight which links to hatred of families (Capulet and Montague) Links to getting the audience hooked (Elizabethan theatre’s) Sampson & Gregory (Capulet’s). Abram & Balthasar (Montague)
Sampson line 44: “No sir, I do not bite my thumb at you sir”- argumentative but joking thumb-biting, essentially meaningless gesture, represents the foolishness
Gregory Line 18 “The quarrel is between our masters and us their men.” (Links to conflict and argument) Quarrel is an angry argument
Line 46 “Do you quarrel, sir?” They see the argument as a joke not a violent fight. Shakespeare uses this conflict as fun. He gets the audience enjoying the play. He doesn’t show too much aggression in the beginning (climax rises).
Benvolio comes from the name ‘bene’ which means good. Presented as a peacemaker/solver/resolver. Line 62/63 - I do but keep the peace. Put up thy sword, Or manage it to part these men with me. He is telling Tybalt to use his sword for good. Don’t like violence, opposite of Tybalt.
Line 59 “Part, fools! Put up your swords. You know not what you do.”
Tybalt comes from the word tyrant (a person who insist on being obeyed) Line 64/65 “What, drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee.” repetition reinforces his hatred.
Line 66- “Have at thee, coward!” warns Benvolio he is about to attack
Old Capulet Line 69...