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Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet demonstrates Shakespeare's skill as a dramatist. It is central to the development of the plot as a whole. Discuss.

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Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet demonstrates Shakespeare's skill as a dramatist. It is central to the development of the plot as a whole. Discuss. Act 1 Scene 5 is definitely the most the most influential scene in the play. It supplies us with the meeting of Romeo and Juliet whose love affair advances the play. Shakespeare shows his skill as a dramatist in his use of language, imagery, change of pace, characterization and timing. He uses these skills to link this scene with those that come before it and to entertain and create suspense for the audience. When Romeo first sees Juliet he is amazed by her beauty and this comes out in his language. 'So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows.' This tells us that Juliet stood out from everyone else like a dove would if it were to fly with crows. A 'snowy dove' also gives us the impression that she was pure and that she was a virgin. 'The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand.' This line explains how bewitched Romeo is by the beauty of Juliet because even thought the dance has finished he can't take his eyes of her even for one second. ...read more.


Shakespeare does a great job he conveys their openings words through a sonnet, the most romantic way possible, which they share and create. The sonnet is beautiful it captures perfectly the awkwardness of the moment yet perfectly conveying the two's feelings towards each other. He carefully slips in a religious idea as well in this sonnet with the central image - of a pilgrim worshiping at a shrine - this underlines the depth and purity of their love. Shakespeare conveys Romeo and Juliet's love even more through the rhyme in the sonnet. There are three verses of four lines - or quatrains - and a final rhyming couplet. When you look closely at the sonnet, you will see the first quatrain is given to Romeo ant the second to Juliet. The lovers share the next four lines and between them they compos the final couplet. What makes the poetry so effective is that it is as if each is instantly on each other's wavelength. A sure sign that they are in love! To the end of the scene both Romeo and Juliet become more and more impatient to know who each other is. When the nurse comes to collect Juliet because 'your mother craves a word with you,' Romeo asks the question of who her mother is, he is confronted with the reply. ...read more.


This may never have happened if it weren't for Act 1 scene 5 where Tybalt sees Romeo at the party. Due to this event Juliet can never tell anyone who she is married to. The last lines of Act 1 scene5 when Juliet says 'My grave is like to be my wedding-bed.' These lines are particularly significant when you discover what happens to Juliet in the end of the play. In Shakespeare's time it would have been possibly more difficult to create such elements of the play such as darkness, than in today's theatres. Shakespeare would have overcome this problem by sending members of the cast on to the stage holding lamps; this would indicate to the audience that it was night time. In the actual play of Romeo and Juliet in particular scenes Shakespeare uses different levels to show importance of character, role and what they have to say. For instance the balcony scene, when Juliet is talking she is quite high up on the balcony and while Romeo listens he is on the ground. But as soon as Romeo starts to speak and Juliet listens, Romeo climbs the tree to be at the same level as Juliet. This wouldn't be able to happen in Shakespeare's theatre because a tree would not be growing at of the stage. So levels were actually moved up and down on pullies to show the audience what was happening. ...read more.

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