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Help with Romeo and Juliet stage directions, Act 1 Scene 4.I'm not sure about what to...

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jh123456 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 9, 2011 at 5:13 AM via web

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Help with Romeo and Juliet stage directions, Act 1 Scene 4.

I'm not sure about what to do during this scene I have to act out (Act 1 Scene 4). All I have so far is I have to put on my mask, and also carry a torch. What are some other suggestions about stage directions I can do for this scene?

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shaketeach | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted January 9, 2011 at 7:17 AM (Answer #1)

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You did not say who you are playing in this scene.

Stage directions are in the language itself in Shakespeare.  If you were to check the Folio, you would discover that there are only a hand full of stage directions as we think of them.  What we have today are editors who have added the stage directions we have.

Ask yourself the mood of the scene.  The teenage boys are on their way to crash the Capulet's party.  How do you think these youths are feeling about that?  Mercutio is the clown of the group and he keeps trying to lighten Romeo's mood.  Romeo is still moaning and groaning about his unrequited love.

Remember these are teenage males and Mercutio is fond of making rude and suggestive jokes.  Many of his jokes have to do with sex.  Think of it as locker room humor.   

Boys will be boys. 

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