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preference for the dark as a dangerous sign of depression. Another theme, which comes into perspective later on in the opening scene, is the idea of young love. This is obvious to the audience when Romeo is presented as a young man desperately in love. It affects his behaviour so badly that even his father is worried about him. He is clearly feeling very mixed-up. The idea of having a lovesick character in the opening play was a fine thought, as love is such a strong theme throughout the play that it really sets the scene. The theme of ‘Youth and Age´ occurs throughout the whole of the opening scene. After setting the scene and telling us that the lovers will die, the Chorus calls their fate “piteous” and tells us what the audience are going to see: “The fearful passage

of their death-marked love, And the continuance of the parents rage, Which, but their children´s end, nought could remove, Is now the two hours traffic of our stage.” A great part of our pity arises from seeing the children´s lives sacrificed to their parents´ anger. When the fight between the Capulet and Montague servants develops into a riot, both Capulet and Montague want to join in, even though they are both too old for such nonsense. When Prince Escalus is addressing an angry speech to Capulet and Montague, he explains that he believes that the old should be wise, but old people have been drawn into the brawl by old Capulet and Montague, and so he lectures them like children. All of these ideas fit in with the theme of ‘Youth and Age´. There are many rhyming couplets

in the first scene of “Romeo and Juliet”, mostly appearing after the Prince´s speech. After the prince has broken up the fight between the Capulets and the Montagues, Montague asks Benvolio who started the fight. Benvolio´s answer ends in a couplet: “Came more and more and fought on part and part, Till the prince came, who parted either part” Lady Montague then asks where Romeo is, and in the following conversation most of the speeches end in couplets. When Romeo appears the, the Montagues depart in order to leave Benvolio to discover what is wrong with Romeo. After a short interchange with Benvolio, Romeo starts to talk about his hopeless love (for Rosaline although her name is not mentioned). Romeo´s poetic language is typical of a lovesick poet. He speaks mostly in

couplets, beginning with: “Alas, that love, whose view is muffled still, Should without eyes, see pathways to his will!” Romeo´s final speech of the scene is about how he can never forget how fair his love is. The speech is not in couplets, but three of the nine lines end with the word “fair,” and two others end in “forget”; this is probably because Romeo is talking about how he can never forget how fair his beloved is. I really enjoyed reading the opening scene and watching the video of “Romeo and Juliet”. Although it was very long and some of the words were confusing it really gave the performance a good start. The fact that there was a complete contrast in themes also made it a little more interesting, and because there was so much action near the beginning of

the scene it really helped to grab the audiences attention for the rest of the play. There is a lot of contrast between the opening scenes of “Macbeth” and “Romeo and Juliet”, both by William Shakespeare. The play “Macbeth” is extremely short (thirteen lines long). The audience only manage to meet three characters, and they learn/gain little information from them. The atmosphere created is chilling and eerie and the audience are left feeling suspicious about these untrustworthy witches that they have just met, and they would almost likely suspect something very extraordinary was going on. There is no action in this first scene of “Macbeth”, although it is such a short scene that there really is no need for action. The audience are left feeling bewildered about

what is going on, seeing as little plot has been set, and there are no further indications of possible future themes (apart from supernatural, evil and the reversal of nature) which will be occurring throughout “Macbeth”. Completely different to “Macbeth”, is “Romeo and Juliet.” The opening scene of “Romeo and Juliet” is incredibly long compared to Shakespeare´s “Macbeth”. This gives the audience time to become involved in the scene and to understand the plot and setting of the performance. The audience are introduced to a vast number of characters from both sides of the feuding families. This opening scene keeps the audience at the edge of their seats when the street brawl takes place. There is a lot of action on the stage, which keeps the audiences