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Analyse and evaluate the ways that Shakespeare makes Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective

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Analyse and evaluate the ways that Shakespeare makes Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's best known plays today, it is based on the story of two starcrossed lovers, who are fated to meet early deaths. The plays main themes include: love/hate, romance and tragedy. These themes would interest the audience in the Elizabethan era, because these are universal themes that interest everyone. Shakespeare was determined to write a play not only based on love and romance, but to make it as realistic and convincing as he could. Romeo is one of the main characters, he is presented as a young man who is desperate to be in love. At the beginning, he is depressed because he has been turned down by the woman he loved, but when he sees Juliet, his mood changes completely and his first line is: "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright" - Romeo and Juliet, Scene 5, Line 43, as he notices Juliet. Prior to this scene Romeo insists he will never love anyone as much as Rosaline, and when he goes to the party he is depressed and tells Mercutio he won't be dancing or drinking because it will just upset him. When Romeo arrives at the party and notices Juliet, he falls in love with her immediately. ...read more.

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Here Capulet is encouraging the women to dance; otherwise people will think they have corns on their feet. This quote uses humour, which is a contrast to Romeo's line at the end of Scene 4, "I fear, too early: for my mind misgives Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars, Shall bitterly begin his fearful date With this night's revels; and expire the term Of a despised life, clos'd in my breast, By some vile forfeit of untimely death: But He that hath the steerage of my course Direct my sail!--On, lusty gentlemen!" - Romeo and Juliet, Scene 4, Line 112. Romeo is telling Benvolio about his premonition that someone will get killed tonight. When Tybalt realises Romeo is at the party, he is extremely annoyed, he goes to tell his uncle, Capulet. Tybalt uses vicious threats and hatred to tell Capulet Romeo is there. Tybalt thinks Romeo is there to mock him, Tybalt states that he wants to kill Romeo and would not feel any guilt over it: "...Now by the stock and honour of my kin, To strike him dead I hold it not a sin." - Romeo and Juliet, Scene 5, Line 57. Capulet reacts to this by telling Tybalt to calm down and ignore Romeo because he has a good reputation and wouldn't be there to cause trouble: "Verona brags of him to be a virtuous and well governed youth." ...read more.

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- Romeo and Juliet, Scene 5, Line 91. At the end of the scene when Romeo and Juliet discover they have fallen in love with the family's enemy, they both have doubt whether they should meet again but in the end decide to risk continuing to see each other. I agree that Shakespeare has made Act 1 Scene 5 dramatically effective because there are many tense moments in the scene, for example, when Romeo and Juliet first meet, there is tension and it keeps the audience interested. Act 1 Scene 5 is crucial in the play because it is when the two main characters meet; it is almost like the heart of the play, when the play begins. Therefore it is very important that this stage of the play is intriguing for the audience. The themes used in the play: love/hate, romance and tragedy. All the themes are still relevant to audiences today, and are still interesting genres. Another point which makes this play as memorable as it is was that in the Elizabethan era, the theatre was very popular, like the cinema today. Except there was no female actors, it was completely male orientated, so the fact that a man would've been playing Juliet would've made it harder for the play to be more realistic. In my opinion the scene was dramatically effective and was interesting to analyse. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ashleigh Paterson 10JRC ...read more.

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