My initial thoughts of the first two acts in Romeo and Juliet are filled with hope. Despite the initial Act 1 Scene 1 fight, (which the reader is led to expect due to prologue lines 'from ancient grudge break new mutiny'). When I personally read Act 1 Scene 1, I believed that this was the fight the prologue was talking about.
From then on a reader could be mistaken for thinking Romeo and Juliet is the tale of a young, handsome, love struck young man. Possibly in love with Rosaline, but Juliet is in love with him? We can then start to guess this story will be a battle of two men for the love of Juliet. This may be the case when we are first introduced at the Capulet's ball to Paris as the young man wanting Lord Capulet to give Juliet's hand in marriage as well as her children, '...what
say you to my suit?...younger than she are happy mothers made'.
Romeo and Juliet first seeing each other (1:5) is portrayed in many different ways, for instance. In Baz Luhrmann's modern interpretation, they first see each other through a fish tank. However the first meeting is portrayed, they all share one common theme, love at first sight.
It could be thought that Romeo, on their first meeting is possibly keener than Juliet. This would be due to Romeo's willingness and ambition to kiss Juliet, '...to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss', which is more than Juliet's subdued willingness to kiss Romeo, '...you do wrong your hand too much...for saints have hands that pilgrims do touch' (this is Juliet playing with Romeo, saying that she is a saint and he is but a pilgrim). When they do finally kiss in line 106 the audience instantly know they...