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ACT 1 SCENE 5 IS A TURNING POINT IN THE PLAY.

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Introduction

"Romeo and Juliet" written in 1595, is one of the most famous plays of the 16th century. It was cleverly written by William Shakespeare who is the most renowned writer of all time. "Romeo and Juliet" is a play about star crossed lovers who's forbidden love led to there horrific death. Act 1 scene 5 presents a substantial turning point in the play. Shakespeare introduces the audience to the majority of the lead characters and also shows the audience the hatred and feud between the Capulet's and the Montague's. Romeo sneaks into the Capulet's ball to take his mind of Rosaline. The fact that he hides his identity by the use of a mask is vital for when Romeo meets Juliet. Tybalt recognises Romeo's voice and vows revenge against him. Towards the end of the play Romeo and Juliet realise each others true identity which leaves them both devastated. This scene opens with the servants frantically rushing around trying to organise the ball. Each servant is ordering each other around and immediately tension is built up. We also become aware of the intensity of their shouting and stress by the frequent use of exclamation marks, "He scrape a trencher!" The servant's language is also simple and common which clarifies their status in the Capulet family. ...read more.

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Tybalt describes Romeo as a villain which back in 16th century was a major insult. He repeats this insult many times which shows the hatred he holds for Romeo, "Tis he, that villain Romeo." Capulet follows this by starting to praise Romeo saying he has a great reputation throughout Verona, "Verona brags of him to be a virtuous and well governed youth." He then continues to say how he does not want a fight in his house which once again shows his value for people's thoughts and respect, "You'll make a mutiny among my guests!" The last thing Tybalt suggests before his exit is that Romeo will be punished and dealt with in due course. "Now seeming sweet convert to bitter gall!" This once more shows Tybalt's anger and hatred for Romeo. Shakespeare was very successful in this section of the scene as he has shown the audience how violent Tybalt can be. He also achieves to involve the audience as the tension was extremely high and the crowd would be shouting comments at the actors. He created this tension as he cleverly used a soliloquy resulting in a character standing and acting alone on stage, which in this case was Tybalt. Subsequently to Tybalt's rage, Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time. ...read more.

Conclusion

The nurse at long last tells Juliet who Romeo is and Juliet becomes highly distressed. We know this as she uses phrases like 'My only love sprung from my only hate.' Shakespeare has very cleverly used an oxymoron, love and hate, which flow in nicely with the contrasting love/hate theme. In this scene Shakespeare wanted to achieve the idea that Juliet's happiness and excitement can be shattered just by the news that Romeo is a Montague. Overall, I think Shakespeare was very successful in this scene as he cleverly created areas of great intensity. This would undoubtedly involve the audience and would result in them to shout continuous remarks at the actors. Also, dramatic irony was used tremendously as for the majority of the scene Romeo and Juliet were unaware of each others true identity. An additional technique used exceptionally well was the love/hate contrast. In certain places Shakespeare followed a positive happy moment with a negative, angry and tense moment. This contrast consequently allows the audience to develop mixed feelings. Also, Shakespeare shows how everything is 'set up' through this scene to allow it to be explored further in the rest of the play such as the love/hate contrasting theme. I personally feel Shakespeare's intentions for this scene was to portray to the audience how Romeo and Juliet form a special, strong and unique bond within the first few seconds of meeting each other. By Rahul Chowdhry ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Rahul Chowdhry English Coursework ...read more.

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