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Romeo and Juliet was written by William Shakespeare and was first published in 1597 but the revised edition of 1599 is mainly used today Shakespeares principal source for Romeo and Juliet was a poem by Arthur Brooke 1562 Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet so that it could be performed by actors and enjoyed by audiences Romeo and Juliet is A tragedy of youth as youth sees it wrote Harley Granville Barker It is set in a Veronese high summer and is both a tale of star-crossed lovers and the healing of their parents feud Prior to Act 1 Scene 5 there is a brawl on a street in Verona between the rival families of Montague and Capulet Two households both alike in dignity Tybalt a Capulet is eager for a fight and the ensuing riot is stopped only by the arrival of the Princes officers Escalus the Prince of Verona angrily reprimands the Montagues and the Caplets saying that there is a death penalty for anyone who disturbs the streets again Shakespeare uses a lot of dramatic mood in this scene which change frequently often of the complete opposite to the one before The main methods Shakespeare uses to create moods are use of language development of character involvement of the audience including dramatic irony At the beginning of Act 1 Scene 5 the servants have been told to move everything out of the way to clear the dance hall creating a mood of anticipation Away with the joint-stools remove the court-cupboard The servant in charge is telling all the other servants to remove the wooden stools and the sideboard so that the room is clear and ready to dance on Capulet sets a happy atmosphere as he offers a rambling light-hearted welcome speech to his guests inviting them to dance Ladies that have their toes unplagued with corns will walk a bout with you Capulet is telling his guest to
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