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the opening scene, is when the witches upend the values in which we believe: “Fair is foul, and foul is fair”, this basically seems like a warning that things are not what they appear to be, as if they are referring to people, explaining that not everybody should be trusted. This adds to our trepidation about what will happen to Macbeth. These words also introduce the idea of illusion and reality. In “Macbeth” the lines are extremely short and cryptic, this adds and indicates tension and excitement in this particular scene. A considerable section of the first scene is written in verse, with short seven or eight syllable lines, which are suggestive of a chant. The fact that Shakespeare uses very short lines and varies the rhythm in a number of ways helps the scene to

interest the audience. The two successive lines at the end of the opening of the play round off and help to indicate the end of this scene. It is obvious to the audience that the witches are chanting a magical spell throughout their brief encounter. This creates a bleak and mystical atmosphere, together with suspicion as to why they are using their magical powers. The language in this very scene reflects on the fact that “Macbeth” is a dark play about evil and death, murder and ambition. The witches´ language manages to reveal their personalities as sinister, mysterious and untrustworthy. Although the first scene is exceptionally short, it manages to tell the audience that the witches will meet again, “When the hurlyburly´s done”, after the battle, on a heath, and there

they will confront Macbeth. From the second meeting we are to see their prophecies come true. I enjoyed this scene because it was very unusual and mysterious. The words were really powerful and the visual effects in the performance that I saw gave the play a very dramatic beginning. “Romeo and Juliet” is a great tragedy written in 1594. The play is remarkable for its fine language and powerful portrayal of character. “Romeo and Juliet” has been popular with audiences for generations and has been made into several successful films. In the heat of a summer´s day in Verona, two servants from the house of Capulet swagger around the streets looking for trouble. They meet two servants from the house of Montague and begin to taunt them – the Montagues and the Capulets have

been feuding for years. The argument between the servants develops into a fight, then Benvolio, as his name suggests (‘well-wishing´), is peaceful and tries to stop the fight. But Sampson and Gregory (the Capulet servants), know their man: when Tybalt arrives on the scene he challenges Benvolio, instead of stopping the brawl. Prince Escalus, the ruler of Verona, arrives and quells the riot. He orders them all to put down their weapons and threatens Lord Capulet and Lord Montague that if anyone ever disturbs the peace again in this way they will be executed. Benvolio tells Lord Montague how the fight began and then Lady Montague asks where her son, Romeo is. Benvolio has seen him but Romeo wants to be left alone. No one seems to know what is the matter with him and when Romeo

arrives his parents withdraw. Benvolio and Romeo talk for a long time and Romeo explains that he is in love and is completely confused. Romeo explains that Rosaline is not in love with him. Benvolio tells Romeo that he should forget about Rosaline and he should look at other girls. Romeo says that this is impossible, they exit and the scene comes to an end. At the beginning of William Shakespeare´s admirable tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet”, there is a prologue to the play, which is spoken by one of the actors. A prologue introduces a play and sums up what is going to happen. The prologue to this particular play is a sonnet. By listening to this speech the audience know from the play´s introductory chorus that “Romeo and Juliet” will end in tragedy: “From forth the fatal

loins of these two foes A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life”, From these specific lines the audience will understand that suicide and death will be a powerful theme throughout the performance. The prologue explains that two households of similar social standing had an old disagreement, which has led to a new conflict between the two families. It then goes on to reveal that to these two ill-fated hostile families are born two lovers who are destined by the stars to disaster. Their accidental, doomed deaths cause the two families to forget the feud. The prologue then goes on to inform the audience that the play lasts for two hours, when in fact the play is considerably longer than two hours, but the expression is probably just meant to show that the play is not going to