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Analyse the dramatic effectiveness of Act 1 scene 5 of 'Romeo and Juliet' exploring how Shakespeare has created an atmosphere

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Analyse the dramatic effectiveness of Act 1 scene 5 of 'Romeo and Juliet' exploring how Shakespeare has created an atmosphere of romance and danger in the scene Romeo and Juliet is a romantic story set in Verona, Italy. We are told in the beginning prologue that Romeo and Juliet will meet, fall in love and then die. The main factor that causes this turn of events is that Romeo and Juliet's families have an ancient feud, no-one really knows why, but Romeo's family (the Montague's) are constantly having quarrels and brawling with Juliet's family (the Capulet). In the opening of Act 1 scene 5 the servants speak informally (not in verse) about all the work they have to do. The bustle of servants preparing for the party helps to relive the tension at the end of Act 1 Scene 4 (Mercutio`s "Queen Mab" Speech and Romeo expressing a sense of doom). The servants joke and complain at each other and the stage is very busy. In my opinion Shakespeare started this scene like that to get the audiences attention. It also draws attention to the busy party atmosphere, which is interesting when it comes to Romeo seeing Juliet for the first time as he sees her through the crowds. ...read more.

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An interesting point is that this is not the behaviour of a man determined to bring down another family. Capulet appears reasonable, sociable and benevolent, but this may still be because of the princes warning. The dramatic importance of this part is that after a romantic part, tensions start rising. Tybalt anger doubles when he is made to look silly by Capulet, who tells him off, and calls him a "saucy boy". Romeo and Juliet's meeting is the most dramatic point in Act 1 scene 5, as they still don't know who each other are and having a relationship which is opposed by the social structure of their family, makes it more interesting for the audience. Their first meeting is handled most unusually, they share a sonnet. It has a beauty and formality which perfectly captures the awkwardness yet irresistibility of the moment. Dressed as a pilgrim to the holy land, Romeo addresses Juliet in character, pretending that he has just come upon a most holy shrine. They exchange pleasantries and Juliet is equally smitten with the handsome Romeo grants him a kiss. In this part Shakespeare uses religious imagery to foster romance between Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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She is certain in her declaration. This is a clear departure from her attitude about Paris (the man she was arranged to marry) and her discussion of marriage with her mother. The importance of this scene is put on the meeting of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, two lovers from feuding families, who want to see the end of each other. They were brought up to hate each other but instead they fell, in love. Could their love be tolerated by their families or even the society? No. and the two "Star-crossed" lovers knew the answer. But it was too late and nothing could have been done. This is what makes this scene so important in the play and also exciting for the audience. They are anxious to find out what happens next. Would their love end in triumph and jubilance or in catastrophe and tragedy? We, the audience, don't know yet, but it is obvious that their love is going to commence a new era between their families. As there is so much hate there is an atmosphere of danger but because there is poetic romance as well the atmosphere of romance is created, this makes the play very tense. And enjoyable to the audience End ?? ?? ?? ?? Ian Butler 10T 1 ...read more.

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