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Analyse how Shakespeare creates an effective dramatic framework for Romeo and Juliet to meet for the first time in Act 1, Scene 5

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Analyse how Shakespeare creates an effective dramatic framework for Romeo and Juliet to meet for the first time in Act 1, Scene 5 Romeo and Juliet is most probably the most famous play in the world. It has been made into films, remade as modernised plays and even performed by puppets. It was written by the greatest influence to English theatre, William Shakespeare. The story of Romeo and Juliet was created after William Shakespeare read a poem about them and decided to make it into a play. The entire play centres around two families, the Montagues and the Capulets feuding houses bred from hatred for one another, stuck in a stalemate, each bearing a child; yet fate does not bid them well. Love is what overcomes the hearts of the heirs of this feud. Romeo a Montague, Juliet a Capulet, foes by heritage lovers by a hearts plea. Can this love last or is there tragedy in store for them. I will be studying the first ever meeting of Romeo and Juliet. It takes place at the Capulet mansion, where a ball is being held. Romeo and his friends decide to sneak in. Just before the scene Romeo has a premonition. He says "Some consequences yet hanging in the stars Shall bitterly begin this fearful date" This premonition by Romeo tells the audience about what is going to come. We are told from the start that death shall come to both Romeo and Juliet and this premonition adds context to that. ...read more.


Even though Juliet is a young, she acts very mature and is not confused by her feelings. She is not afraid to speak her mind and knows true love when she sees it. She is prepared to betray her father for her love for Romeo. We see Lord Capulets ever changing throughout the play, with him being furious at one point and cheerful moments later. He is very unpredictable but knows how to behave in front of others. This is seen clearly when he is angered by Tybalt yet he is keeping up appearances for his guest at the ball. "Be quiet, or - More light, more light! - For shame, I'll make you quiet, what! - Cheerly, my hearts! " His main outlet of emotion is anger; this is clearly shown when Juliet disobeys him and he threatens to disown her. Tybalt is a hot-headed character, which we have seen from the beginning of the play. It is shown in this scene that when Tybalt sees Romeo at the ball, which infuriates him as he takes this as an insult, and he wishes to kill him. "Now by the stock and honour of my kin, To strike him dead I hold it not a sin." The anger and fury Tybalt has in this scene is shown throughout the play so his actions and behaviour in this scene corresponds with the play as a whole. The language used in this scene has a considerable variety. ...read more.


In Zefferelli's version Tybalt is dressed in black while Romeo and Juliet are dressed in light colours. The contrasting colours of dark and light represent the themes of love and hate connected with good and bad. This is very similar also in the Baz Luhrman version. The music used throughout the scene has to reflect the different moods. This is done by the changing of tempo, volume and genre. For example when Romeo and Juliet meet in Zefferelli's version the background music was slow and romantic. However the tempo speeds up and becomes more dramatic when Romeo and Juliet find out about each other's identity. The lighting also plays a big part in creating a dramatic framework. Lighting can help uplift a mood or it can be used to bring a cold and dark mood on to the stage. If the room is highly lit up it shows us that there are good mood amongst the guests. In the Baz Luhrman version the ball is illuminated reflecting the mood of the guests. In 'west side story' it uses the same principle as Romeo and Juliet but in a modern setting. In this film there are the added bonuses of special effects which help set the mood. For example when Toni (Romeo) and Maria (Juliet) are dancing the background fades away and we can only see the two if them in the middle of the dance floor. This shows how they fell in love at first sight. The singing also adds to the mood because it can portray how they are feeling better than words. ...read more.

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