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Directing the actors: What do I need to know about my character, and their motivation? How should I deliver my lines here?
Example: You are a fiery, hot-tempered character. The audience needs to immediately see your inclination towards violence, and you should ‘spit out’ the word “peace” as if it is distasteful. Your reference to “hell” should convey the depth of your despise for the Montagues…
Reading: Act 1 Scene 1 continues; meeting Romeo…
DVD Clip: How does Baz Lurhmann effectively convey the key aspects of this scene?
Aspect of language Effect/Impact; what we might learn about character…
Example: Shakespeare provides the character of Romeo with a variety of oxymorons. The use of ‘feather of lead… O heavy lightness’ is effective at conveying Romeo’s confused state of mind and confusion over his love for Rosaline. it portrays love as a series of trials and contradictions, not a smooth running course…
Shakespeare portrays Romeo as a character ‘ In love with love’ – he is a passionate character who seems to enjoy the passions, trials and contradictions of being ‘in love’…
I’m a bit confused about my character here. How should I best play this scene, and how should the audience feel? ROMEO