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Shakespeare coursework- Romeo and Juliet Why is Act 1 scene 5 an effective piece of drama?

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Shakespeare coursework- Romeo and Juliet Why is Act 1 scene 5 an effective piece of drama? In this essay I am going to analyse and interpret Act 1 Scene 5. I am going to consider the dramatic events of the scene, Shakespeare's use of language, the structure, changing mood and how he makes use of dramatic devices like scene shifts and range of characters. Shakespeare has divided this scene into 7 sections. Section one is when the servants prepare for the party and Lord Capulet welcomes the guests. ''You are welcome, gentlemen. Come musicians, play. A hall, a hall! Give room; and foot it, girls." This shows us the happy mood Lord Capulet was in. In this section, Shakespeare makes the audience think that the party is going to be happy and it is going to be a success for the meeting of Juliet and Paris. The second section of Act 1 Scene 5 is when Lord Capulet and his cousin talk about their youth. "For you and I are past our dancing days." This shows how they are reflecting back on the days when they used to dance with ladies in masks. The mood in section two is reminiscent as Lord Capulet and his cousin are reflecting back on past times in their lives. ...read more.

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This makes the audience anxious about what is yet to come. Act 1 Scene 5's language is contrasting. At first, Shakespeare's language is jovial and the language that Shakespeare uses makes the mood of the scene happy, make the audience deem that the party is going to go well. "More light, you knaves; and turn the tables up." However, just when the audience think that this party is going to be a hit he introduces Tybalt and the language starts to turn aggressive. This is the point where Tybalt spots that Romeo has gate crashed the Capulet's party and threatens to kill him the language is very intense and aggressive. "This, by his voice, should be a Montague. Fetch my rapier boy." Shakespeare then change's the language to a calm mood where Capulet tells Tybalt that Romeo is doing no harm and relaxes the mood. This offends Tybalt and sends him into a rage; he sees this relaxed mood by lord Capulet as a defeat in the vendetta with the Montagues. The language is a big impact, "A bears him like a portly gentleman." Shakespeare then transfers the language in to romantic and poetic. When Romeo first sees Juliet, he sees her as a goddess. "Did my heart love till now...for I never saw true beauty till this night". ...read more.

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Juliet is longing to marry the man that she loves even though Romeo comes from the family that is feuding with hers. In conclusion, Act 1 Scene 5 is a very significant scene of the play. This scene is foreshadowing the dramatic events yet to come. The scene is split up into seven sections. The mood starts off very happy then particular events of the scene completely change the mood of the scene into a very aggressive and shocking mood. The audience experience so many different emotions during this scene. At first they think everything is fine and go through happy emotions, and then the audience feels fear for Romeo's life because they grow too attached to his character in the play because he comes across as a very nice man, this is mainly manifested as fearful emotions of Tybalt killing Romeo in Act 3 Scene 1. After this, seeing Romeo and Juliet falling in love makes it a real ride although the audience are happy that Romeo finds another love but they are very scared for Romeo and Juliet as they are arch enemies; this is very expected because it is quite clear that their families are enemies and that the prince has given a warning to both sides about what could happen. I think that this scene does have a lot of effect on the play and it foreshadows the heartbreaking set of events yet to come. ?? ?? ?? ?? - 1 - ...read more.

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There are some problems with this text. Although it shows understanding and knowledge of the scene the analysis is over simplistic and chronologically structured.
There are no topic sentences and the essay is unfocused at times. Why is there a paragraph on historical context towards the end. The essay also needs to display a wider vocabulary and more literary and linguistic terminolgy in order to do justice to Shakespeare's craft.
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