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Analyse the dramatic effectiveness of Act 1 Scene 5 of 'Romeo and Juliet,' exploring how Shakespeare has created an atmosphere of romance and danger in the scene.

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Analyse the dramatic effectiveness of Act 1 Scene 5 of 'Romeo and Juliet,' exploring how Shakespeare has created an atmosphere of romance and danger in the scene. In this essay, I am going to analyse the dramatic effectiveness of Act one Scene five of 'Romeo and Juliet.' This is one of the most important scenes of the play as Shakespeare has instantly created an atmosphere of romance and danger, through Lord Capulets banquet, which then sets up a chain of reactions. Romeo and Juliet first meet here, and immediately fall in love from first sight. Their conversation provides a glimpse for the audience of the roles each of them are going to play. This scene also gives us a clear idea of the vital themes and reveals some of the characters personalities. Love, death, fate and tragedy present themselves through out this banquet. The scene opens clearly showing the speed and urgency of the servants at work. Their role here is to make sure all that was ordered from Lord Capulet runs smoothly. "Away with the join-stools, remove the court-cupboard, look to the plate..."- quote from first serving man. The servant's actions, noise and language build up a lively atmosphere getting the audience ready for the entertainment ahead. We can feel their frustration and sense they are under pressure from the Capulets to get everything ready. ...read more.

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The audience can feel Tybalt's anger rising and can a sense of violence emerges in the atmosphere. "This, by his voice, should be a Montague....Now by the stock and honour of my kin, To strike him dead I hold it not a sin." Capulet overheard Tybalt and stops him from doing any harm to Romeo at his feast. "Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone, a bears him like a portly gentleman; and to say truth Verona brags of him." Capulets speech about Romeo indicates to the audience that Romeo is known for his good reputation and is well regarded in Verona. Tybalt doesn't seem to be listening to Lord Capulet as all that's on his mind is getting hold of Romeo. "It fits when such a villain is a guest: I'll not endure him." His anger reveals to the audience that Tybalt is arrogant, self-centred and aggressive. Capulets power over Tybalt makes him finally keep the peace. Back to his guests Capulet moves on, Tybalt vows that he will not let this indignity pass and that Romeo shall pay. "I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall now seeming sweet, convert the bitterest gall." This shows that there will be more conflicts between the families further on the play, which leaves the audience on the edge of their seats. Shakespeare has put this scene in between the two scenes, which are romantic to keep hold of the audience's interest in the play, keep an intense mood, and create suspense in the atmosphere. ...read more.

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Their main thought is that their love is in their enemies' debt. "Is she Capulet? O dear account! My life is in my foe's debt." This is a quote from Romeos reaction. We feel that he is devastated and leaves the audience in suspense on whether he will choose true love or family honour. "My only love sprung from my only hate. Too early seen unknown, and had known too late." Juliet is saying if she had known that Romeo is a Montague she would not love him. Overall it prepares the audience for the rest of the play as it involves the conflicts between both of their families. On the whole, Shakespeare has created a scene full of romance and excitement. He expresses perfect love in Romeo and Juliet as a fierce, powerful emotion, which successfully captures individuals. Unexpected events occur throughout this scene such as, Romeo meeting Juliet and Tybalt creating a sense of violence to threaten their love. It leaves the audience in suspense of how their relationship is going to build. The whole purpose of the banquet is for people to meet, know each other and maybe fall in love. Juliet falling in love with Romeo is the irony of the scene as he is the son of Capulets enemy. The main themes such as violence, romance, conflict and death is created through their meeting. Love is basically described in terms of religion leading the two lovers to a tragic conclusion. ...read more.

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