Romeo and Juliet
Two friends, almost complete opposites when it comes to their personalities, both attend Valencia High School. While one is cautious and keeps peace, the other loves a challenge and has many enemies. Their relationship is similar to that of Mercutio and Benvolio in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. These characters add flavor to the play in representing good and evil, influencing lovesick Romeo, and by adding wit to a serious-toned play. Mercutio, the hot-headed best friend of Romeo, adds wit and humor to the play Romeo and Juliet and was included in the play to make the audience laugh and also to keep them on the edge of their seats with suspense. Mercutio, in his humorous nature, loved to tease Romeo about his lovesickness; he calls Romeo a "madman" and "[conjures him] with Rosaline's bright eyes" (Shakespeare II, i, 9-19). Though he knows this might anger Romeo, he only means it as a joke. Mercutio brings suspense to the play because one never knows when he will lose his temper. In one confrontation with Tybalt, Mercutio's enemy, Mercutio calls Tybalt a "Prince of Cats", which provokes Tybalt to start a fight (II, iv, 20). One never knows how any of several confrontations involving Mercutio will end, which is how Mercutio adds suspense. Romeo and Juliet would be incomplete and boring without Mercutio, his jokes, and the action of his confrontations. Benvolio, Romeo's cousin and friend, tries to keep peace wherever he goes, though sometimes to no avail, and also tries to help Romeo get over Rosaline. The opposite of Mercutio, Benvolio "[keeps] the peace" (I, i, 70) and often advises Mercutio to do the same, especially around Tybalt and the other Capulets, for he knows that if they met, they couldn't "scape a brawl" (III, i, 3). One may conclude from this that...
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William Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet in 1595. It's about 'two star crossed lovers' from two equal standing households but the families have a history of feuding. The grudge between them creates a string of events, which cause the play to end in tragedy. A particularly important scene in the play is Act 3, scene 2. As a director I find this scene very interesting, as it is a life-changing scene. Prior to this scene Romeo kills Tybolt after Tybolt kills Mercutis when Mercutis taunts him to a fight. Romeo is then banished. Of course this news has not yet reached Juliet who is waiting for Romeo to come, as it is their wedding night. During this scene the nurse tells Juliet what has happened, this causes Juliet to doubt the trust between her and Romeo The scene is set in Juliet's bedroom. It is early evening, just prior to the sun setting, it is still warm outside and Juliet has the balcony doors open. Juliet will wear a simple white dress, this shows modesty and purity, this is especially important as she is still a virgin. She is innocent and this is in contrast to Romeo who has just murdered her cousin Tybolt. Her hair will be loosely tied up, this is so later in the scene she can take it out in anguish and can demonstrate her rage. The main props she will use in the room is, her bed in the middle of the room, the balcony where she will look out from, in hope that Romeo will soon be coming. There will be a sofa type chair at the bottom of the bed. On the wall there will be a statue of Mary, this shows that Juliet comes from a religious background and is conscious of sins...
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Her Father All I hoped for was to be able to prove myself as a capable father. Getting divorced five months ago was hard, not to mention gaining custody of our only child, Megan. Megan is still young, well I consider fifteen young. Yet, she's old enough to know what she wants. She said she wanted to live with me five months ago, but now, I can't tell if she wants otherwise. She used to be a happy girl, running around, laughing at things that shouldn't be laughed at. That's changed now. Her giddy laughter has turned to half smiles and optimistic attitude has disappeared. It was hard doing it on my own, so I got a nanny. I try to make her tell me what's bothering her, but she answers with a small "nothing," and walks away. I'm worried I'm not proving to be a good enough parent, so lately I have been trying maybe too much and as I realized later, the wrong way. "Hey Meg, honey, look what I bought for you. They're new shoes, what do you think?" Meg smiled at me, hugged me and then walked off to her room. I just didn't know what was wrong, I thought I was being a good father. What else could a child want? I gave her everything. "Daddy?" Meg questioned, walking into the kitchen. Her long brown hair was done in one french braid, most likely by Cara, our nanny. Her green eyes stared into mine as they always did. I never knew what she was thinking, for the color of her eyes were so deceiving. "Yes?" "Do I see mom this weekend?" It was as if she stabbed a knife into me every time she asked that question. I don't know why, for a daughter should be able to see her mother...
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Act Four, Scenes One - Three Engulfed with superlative emotion and distraught over the banishment of her beloved Romeo, Juliet at first refuses the coerced marriage arrangement formulated by her parents. Juliet does not love Paris, and therefore he denotes a real and tragic potential for Juliet. Accordingly, she emulates with notion of proceeding to alternative means, like suicide, in order to escape this undesired future. Juliet has thus transfigured from the initial character of a naïve, obedient, and immature girl into a woman of strength, tenacity, and poise. Despite contriving numerous reasons why the sleeping potion might procure her harm, physical and psychological, she chooses to drink it anyway. In doing so, she not only aspires to evade the forces that impede her relationship with Romeo, she embraces full responsibility for herself. Drinking the potion therefore commissions an action in which Juliet willingly secures her life into her own hands, as when she claims "And I will do it without fear or doubt / To live an unsustained wife to my sweet love" (4.1.89-90). In addition, Juliet proceeds against the conventional expectations and endowment of women; she initiates the course of action, much like her aggressive character beside Romeo. Juliet competently produces a genuine decision that her fidelity and love for Romeo must be her dictating priorities. She essentially disconnects herself from her prior social foundation, particularly her parents and social status in Verona, in order to coalesce with Romeo. Yet, Shakespeare seemingly calls to question the reality and merit of love as the commanding precedence....
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