Shakespeare encourages conflict. He does this by carefully selecting the opening scene. The opening scene is a public place it is in the town centre of the city of Verona. This setting encourages the characters to show off more and particularly show that they are not afraid.
This scene and act along with many other of Shakespeare’s pieces are timeless and universal. I know this because the conflict in play is a family feud. I understand this from my research into other scenes and acts in this play. The family feud is between the “Montagues” and “Capulets”. It is timeless and universal because the family feud was started because Romeo snuck into the Capulet ball without invitation. The reason for the feud can be related to when criminals guilty of a murder use the excuse of “he was on our turf” or “he was in our postcode”.
In the opening text pathetic fallacy I used. It is used when Benvolio says “for now, these hot day, is the mad blood stirring”. Here the people in the play are very hot and bothered, which means that are easily agitated, just as the weather is hot.
Shakespeare uses pathetic fallacy allot in Romeo and Juliet, this is done through weather, (in war films it is often raining to convey the bad mood).In act 3 scene 1 there is a definite mood. The scene starts with Benvolio and Mercutio chatting playfully. At the start of act 3 scene 1 Benvolio says "The day is hot, the Capulets abroad, and, if we meet, we shall not scape a brawl; for now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring." This is defiantly pathetic fallacy. Shakespeare used this tool to describe not just characters but the mood of the whole scene, from these simple lines you can get a picture of the whole scene. In the 16th century they did not have movies or televisions, Shakespeare could not portray the weather across to an audience easily without this device. Therefore pathetic fallacy not only helps describe the weather but it actually gives the audience clues into what will happen in the scene.
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