Explained in Depth: My Photo Essay
In Act 1, Scene 1, another fight breaks out between the Capulets and the Montagues. It states in the Prologue: “From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,” –Prologue, Line 3. What could this “ancient feud” between the Capulets and the Montagues be about? Shakespeare didn’t really specify what this ancient grudge is about, but I interpret that the grudge is something that gets many involved into violence. For example, could this feud have ended in Act 5, Scene 3, when Montague and Capulet shook hands? They talk of a promised golden statue that marks the end of their bitter feud, but these lines can be spoken in such a matter that it seems that Montague is trying to “outbid” Capulet, while Capulet responds by showing he is as wealthy as Montague. Perhaps the feud was financial; maybe who’s richer, or an ancient debt still unpaid. Who knows? This is just my own interpretation.
This slide shows Romeo and Juliet at the Capulet’s banquet or gathering. Romeo wears a mask to prevent being seen, for Montagues were not allowed, or even invited to this gathering. Romeo went to this gathering only for the sole purpose of meeting Rosaline again, which was Romeo’s first crush. But halfway through this “party”, Romeo saw Juliet, in which he stated he never saw true beauty until this night. He compares her to many things, such as a bright torch, a rich jewel, beauty too rich for earth, and a snowy dove among crows. This is truly true love at first sight, not founded on lust, for he shows true loyalty to Juliet later in the play.
This slide shows Romeo flirting with Juliet and begging to kiss her. Romeo uses the practice of “holy palmers’ kiss” as a foundation and to climax their love (kiss). Romeo also seems to be trying to gently “uncover” the feelings of love they seem to share for one another. Notice that Romeo tries to speak politely in order to win Juliet’s love. Romeo does not communicate inappropriate behavior and tries to “slow down” the affections that they might have for one another.
In this scene, Mercutio and Benvolio look for Romeo inside the Capulet’s Orchard, where Romeo hides and remains to be unseen. During this time, Shakespeare chooses to show Mercutio’s personality. He tries to force Romeo out of hiding by saying sexual puns about him. Mercutio has very complex and long parts in this play. It is no wonder that Shakespeare chose to eliminate Mercutio early in the play, for he might have dominated a play that was designed mostly to rotate around two lovers, not a clever, witty, earthly, and coarse entertainer. He loves playing with language, particularly when he can give it sexual double meanings. In contrast to Romeo’s idealization of love, Mercutio mocks it, seeing it only as sex. Mercutio also shows intense friendship for Romeo, and possesses a strong sense of male honour.
The picture shown has come to be known as the “balcony scene”. Shakespeare never mentions a balcony, but all...