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Some incidents in the play take place in the public streets, others in more private settings. Choose two incidents, one private and one public and show how the settings helped to make the words and actions of the characters vivid. William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet was written in the late 16th century. It is a play where two love struck teenagers come from enemy families and for their love they kill themselves for each other. The Public setting I have chosen to write about is the riot on the streets of Verona between the Montague’s and Capulet’s in Act 1 Scene 1 of the play.
Two servants from the house of Capulet (a noble and well respected family in Verona), Gregory and Sampson are roaming the streets of Verona just teasing each other and just generally looking for trouble. When they see the Montague servants they want to pick a fight for no apparent reason. “My naked weapon is out: quarrel. ” Sampson is saying to Gregory lets start a quarrel. This shows the rivalry between these two noble, high ranked families, even when they pass one another in the streets they can’t avoid causing a spectacle.
The Capulet’s spurred the Montague’s on by biting there thumb at the opposition, this in olden times was considered to be like when someone puts there middle finger up at some, and this gets people annoyed and aggravated. This is a key factor within this scene; it makes the actions of the Capulet’s vivid and is also a pivotal point. It makes it vivid because Sampson and Gregory are trying to get the Montague’s to retaliate by drawing out there swords and fighting. But Abraham (Montague servant) does not want to start something he wants Sampson to put away his sword.
“Quarrel sir, no sir. ” Here the Montague’s do not want any trouble and this is resembled once again when Benvolio walks into the scene, he sees the servants fighting and instructs them to desist. “Put up your swords, you know not what you do. ” When Tybalt enters the scene he livens it up and makes it more vivid, he goes up to Benvolio and says to him why are u fighting with these mere servants, come and fight with me he is saying. “What, art thou drawn among these hartless hings? Turn thee Benvolio, look upon thy death. ”
But Benvolio is angry with Tybalt as he is trying to keep the peace, he does not want to fight. He thinks that instead of Tybalt using his sword against him he should use it to separate the servants from fighting, “I do keep the peace; put up thy sword, Or manage it to part these men with me. ” But Tybalt is a bold man and he is not one who makes peace, his family have a reputation they are highly ranked amongst the people in the city and they do not call peace with their arch rivals. “What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee.
Have at thee coward! ” The atmosphere in the scene has been tensed so far and has been vivid by the fact that everyone who speaks says only few words or a couple of lines at the most which makes it quick and snappy. It stepped up a gear when Tybalt came onto the scene as he drew his sword and challenged Benvolio to a fight, while Benvolio was talking about peace and trying to part another fight. The Capulet’s provoke and aggravate the Montague’s, as can be seen on two occasions in the first scene, so the actions of the Capulet’s have caused the scene to be more vivid and exciting.
However as the full scale riot is going on in the streets of Verona the two old and honourable Capulet and Montague are on the warpath with their wives Lady Capulet and Montague trying to restrain them. This shows the over all rivalry, the servants are fighting and the masters are fighting, the rivalry between these two auspicious rivals is. The fight is soon concluded when the almighty Prince and his men intervene. The Prince comes in and almost immediately most of the men stop the combat, with the exception of a few, he bellows out again until everyone stops to listen him.
Then he says to the Old Capulet and Montague three fights have occurred because of a few words and our quiet streets of Verona have come into Mayhem again because of you two families. He then goes on and says if this very happens again you will pay for it with your lives, the prince then tells Capulet to go with him and Montague to go and visit him later to see what the Prince has decided to do on this matter. The Private scene, which I have elected to do, is the party that happens at Old Capulet’s house.
Romeo and Benvolio and other Montague servants have gate crashed the Capulet’s party for one simple reason, to see all the girls. They have come into the party wearing masks so their enemies cannot spot them. Romeo is dazzled and amazed by all there extravagantly looking girls and he forgets about the girl who he claims to be in love with, the fair Rosaline a niece of Old Capulet. When he sees Juliet he asks his servant who she is but he does not claim to know and then he goes into a kind of trance. He speaks so highly of the elegant young Capulet he has just seen.
“a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear-” he describes her as a rich jewel in an Ethiopian’s ear he has really lost the plot know and kind of forgets he is at the Capulet’s gathering. The love struck Romeo has been caught, Tybalt the nephew of Old Capulet has heard his voice. “This by his voice should be a Montague. ” Tybalt here is talking to his servant and demandingly states that his sword is fetched, he mentions Romeo as a low life come to the party wearing a hideous mask, to come and mock his families honour. Instead of taking Romeo out himself he goes to consult his uncle, but this is a part of the play, which surprises many people.
Old Capulet has just heard that an enemy, someone who he had not invited, had gate crashed his party. But instead of drawing his sword, such as Tybalt did when he heard about the breaking of entry of his adversary. Old Capulet’s remarks here were leave him alone he is behaving well enough and there is no reason to cause a scene in front of our many guests. He asks him to put on a happy smile whilst walking round, and to try and ignore young Romeo. “Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone, A bears him like a portly gentleman; And, to say truth, Verona brags of him To be a virtuous an well-governed youth.
” But Tybalt does not want the enemy walking round in his own house and he goes back to his uncle and says he is shameful. But Capulet has had enough and does not want to cause a scene, even though he angrily tells Tybalt off being dishonourable to him. Then Capulet goes of and leaves Tybalt standing there without having is request accepted and he does just talk to himself about being patient. I think the factors in this scene that make it vivid are the ways in which Old Capulet reacted when he was notified that a foe was in his own house enjoying himself, he was cool, calm and collective.
I think he did not approach Romeo and tell him to leave because there would have been an enormous riot as had occurred earlier in the day, also because there were other noble and high classed people at his party and he did not want to give himself a bad name. But I think the main reason he let Romeo of was because he had a soft spot for him, if it had been a fellow Montague like Benvolio or something them I think it would have been a completely different encounter.
But Romeo was probably not renowned for fighting because he was not in the confrontation, which had occurred prior to the party. In conclusion I think the Capulet were more restrained in their own home in comparison to in the streets, although Tybalt was as hot and fiery in the private setting as well as the public. I think the Capulet’s started all the feuds in the public setting the two servants started to quarrel with the Montague’s, then Tybalt with Benvolio, but Old Montague and Capulet were as bad as each other although Capulet made up for it by letting the young Romeo off.