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Act One Scene Five is a highly significant scene in the play and full of dramatic contrast. How does Shakespeare create dramatic impact and how might an audience respond?

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Act One Scene Five is a highly significant scene in the play and full of dramatic contrast. How does Shakespeare create dramatic impact and how might an audience respond? "Romeo and Juliet" was one of Shakespeare's earliest tragedies and is based on a medieval Italian legend, narrated in a poem by Arthur Brooke some decades earlier. Shakespeare was writing for an extremely diverse audience and provides interest for everyone: poetry and philosophy for the intelligentsia, romance for the idealistic and sword play and bawdy humour for the "penny punters". The play explores many themes including: religion, honour, fate and the contrasting themes of love and hate, youth and age and happiness and tragedy. These ideas were familiar to an Elizabethan audience but a contemporary audience may feel alienated by them. In particular, the Elizabethans would have believed in the fate which like the feud affects every aspect of the play but a contemporary audience could be sceptical. In Act One Scene Five, we witness constant dramatic contrast, juxtaposition and other dramatic devices which are fitting for the pivotal scene in the play. This scene sets up the drama to come and starts a chain of events by which none of the characters will be left unaffected. In the scenes preceding Act One Scene Five, Shakespeare has introduced the feud in a public brawl, Romeo's superficial love for Rosaline and Juliet's proposed marriage. ...read more.


It seems his character has grown since his exchange with the prince after the public brawl. Capulet makes it clear that it is his "will" that's Tybalt ignores Romeo. Tybalt says that he will "not endure him", Capulet is enraged that Tybalt would dare to question his authority and contradict him. This shows us that Capulet changes when he feels he is being disrespected or disagreed with and prepares the audience for his sudden change in character when he forces Juliet to marry Paris. Tybalt can think of nothing but the "shame" and prophetically says that's his forced patience will not last and may turn "to bitterest gall". Shakespeare is reiterating Tybalt's threat of violence towards Romeo and thus intensifying the tension. His Character also heightens the tension he blind hatred for all Montagues seems like a ticking bomb. His fiery character contrast starkly with Romeo's own romantic personality which emphasizes there juxtaposed themes of love and hate. This is a play where two people are "star crossed" to love and die for each other and their intense love begins at the party, which ironically they are both reluctant to attend. Romeo has walked over to Juliet and begins their sonnet by touching her hand and asking to kiss her. Juliet, however replies "palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss" to avoid the physical possibility. ...read more.


A director for a film production could accentuate their love in the sonnet by using Big Close Ups of there eyes and lips. The advantage to films is they allow the audience to view the action from many different positions. A director could use Point of View shots at they speak so the audience can see the effect of the characters. Act One Scene Five is a highly significant scene in the play and this is mainly because it tells of Romeo and Juliet's first meeting. Without the two main characters meeting there would have been no forbidden and secret love to conclude in death and therefore no play. Moreover if Tybalt hadn't of noticed Romeo at the feast and felt so insulted he wouldn't have sought revenge. This scene is relevant to both a modern and an Elizabethan audience. Both audiences can relate and learn from the themes of Love, passion, anger, hatred, the energy of youth and the wisdom of age and experience. The scene has dramatic impact and momentum appropriate for the essential scene of the play. There are stark dramatic contrasts between characters, their emotions and expansion of themes. The constant changes of mood also contrast each other and create dramatically impact. Using dramatic, lingual and figurative devices this scene describes the effect the feud had on individuals and just how powerful the hatred between the two families was. ?? ?? ?? ?? Julia Sarju 11AN ...read more.

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