Between running her own business, filling her bursting holiday order book, and managing her crazy Italian family, she's got no time to relax, no room for more custom cake orders, and no desire to find love. A failed marriage and a personal tragedy have convinced her she's better off alone.
The introduction focuses primarily on comparisons with West Side Story, so it has relatively little to say about the play as such. As noted, this is often regarded as a lesser Shakespeare tragedy by scholars, but what should also be kept in mind is that audiences have made it one of the most beloved plays of all time from the Elizabethan Age to the present.
Several operas and ballets have been based on the story. This is a script for performance, and our study of it will prepare us for a version of the real thing: Like all productions, it is an interpretation, leaving some things out, putting others in, placing emphases differently than other productions.
Your goal in this assignment should be to familiarize or refamiliarize yourself with exactly what Shakespeare wrote so that you can observe what it is Zeffirelli has done with it.
Shakespeare wrote almost no original plots. He used an English poetic retelling of an old Italian tale: Despite its Italian setting, the language, attitudes, and customs are generally English.
In one respect, Shakespeare altered the story in a way which is shocking to modern audiences: There are several reasons he might have done so.
Shakespeare emphasizes the over-hastiness and premature nature of this love affair and probably felt he was underlining this theme at a time when marriage at fifteen was considered by no means shocking, though marriage at eighteen or twenty was in fact much more common.
Shakespeare was notoriously inept at depicting children in his plays and he may not have had a really clear idea of what a fourteen-year-old girl would be like. Finally, the fact that the story is Italian may have fitted in with Northern European prejudices about hot-blooded early-maturing Southerners.
However we imagine her, Juliet is given some of the most brilliant and memorable lines in the play, and is notable for her courage and wit.
Italian cities were infamous for their long-lasting, deadly feuds between prominent families. Elizabeth, like most absolute monarchs, abhorred dueling and feuding and tried to suppress it. Scene 1 The Elizabethans delighted in word-play, especially puns. Much of this seems labored and dull to modern readers, but imagine it as a game in which actors are flinging out their lines at a smart pace with the audience scrambling to follow and untangle the word-play in a sort of contest between playwright and audience.
The slow delivery and heavy emphasis which many modern actors bring to these lines is utterly alien to their original spirit.
This early scene between the servants of the Capulets and Montagues illustrates the foolishness of the quarrel between the two families. The sexual punning begins in ll. The love of Romeo and Juliet, although idealized, is rooted in passionate sexuality.
In this play there are crude allusions to sex and exalted ones, but the erotic is never very far under the surface.
Although Zeffirelli does not use these lines, he does build upon the attitudes hinted at in a few spots to create tension between the Capulets. Elizabethan audiences loved elaborate sword-play, and a stage direction like they fight conveys little of what might have been very prolonged and complex stage action.
Why do you suppose the Prince is so strongly opposed to this sort of feuding? Thus far, Shakespeare is following tradition. It is much more difficult for modern audiences to detect the contrast between these two moods, but it is important to be aware that Shakespeare intends a contrast, and a sharp one.Erotic politics: the dynamics of desire on the English Renaissance stage.
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