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Explore How effective Shakespeare’s use of Contrast is in Act 1 Scene 5.

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Explore How effective Shakespeare's use of Contrast is in Act 1 Scene 5 Act 1 Scene 5 is a particularly dramatic scene where Romeo sees Juliet for the first time and falls helplessly in love with her, at the Capulet's ball where he sneaks in disguised. Much of the drama in this scene comes from the ever-changing moods of the characters. At the beginning of the scene there are servants franticly running around trying to get the evening organised, and tempers are fraying dramatically. A bit further on in the scene Romeo and Juliet meet for the first and they experience a passionate kiss. Then Capulet and his cousin welcome everyone into his home. Then there is a moment when Romeo first sees Juliet and he cannot take his eyes off her. After this Tybalt immediately spies that Romeo is in fact a Montague, Tybalt then has an argument with Capulet over the situation. ...read more.

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Ladies that have their toes unplagued with corns will walk about you" This shows he has a side to his character that can be a joker and a laugh. In strong contrast to this is when Romeo first lays eyes on Juliet "What lady's that which doth enrich the hand of yonder knight?" The language here is very romantic and soulful. The whole of the dialogue between Romeo and Juliet is a sonnet. I know this because it is written in rhyming poetry and is about love, and that's what a sonnet is in most cases. It is also very rich in imagery. The image this puts in your mind is that he really and truly loves this girl, we can tell this from the way he first describes her. " As a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear, beauty too rich for use, for earth to dear." ...read more.

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Romeo and Juliet use the language of Shakespeare in a sonnet. ROMEO: " If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy shrine the gentle sin is this, My lips two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss." JULIET: " Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much, Which mannerly devotion shows in this, For saints have hands that pilgrims hands do touch, And palm to palm is holy palmers kiss." The final section of the scene where Romeo and Juliet both discover that they are enemies in love, they didn't realise that they were Capulet's and Montague's and they were forbid to ever meet because of the feud. It is a horrible contrast because they were so romantic and in love then to find out this, it must have destroyed them. It leaves the audience feeling sick, painful, and annoyed about the feud. I really enjoyed this scene because all of the different changes of mood throughout the one scene. English Coursework Romeo & Juliet Act 1 Scene 5 Ms Hardy Zoe Pattemore 11CAP ...read more.

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