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Analyse the effectiveness of the dramatic techniques used in Act 1 Scene 5 and this scene's relationship to the rest of the play.

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Romeo and Juliet Analyse the effectiveness of the dramatic techniques used in Act 1 Scene 5 and this scene's relationship to the rest of the play. The scene's overall place in the play is crucially important as this is when the "two star crossed lovers" first meet. It changes their lives forever because the two are now committed to each other and begin to take a stand against the on-going family feud. The rest of the play then develops from Act 1 Scene 5 as it shapes the whole plot. In Elizabethan theatre the common genre of tragedy usually meant that either the hero or heroine died which was full of irony and considered a tragic waste. In those days it was very fashionable and Shakespeare wrote many plays such as Hamlet and Julius Caesar written using a similar concept of tragedy. However this play of "Romeo and Juliet" is unusual because both characters die which increases the sense of waste as two young lives have ended. Overall in this specific scene, Shakespeare has set out to achieve a dramatic emotional meeting between the lovers, and put it into the context of the family feud so that the tragedy is already foreshadowed. The themes and techniques which are characteristic of Romeo and Juliet are clearly illustrated in Act 1 Scene 1. The main themes in the play are love, family, conflict and death. Like many other plays it is built on contrast, such as youth against age and also love against hate. Shakespeare builds it so that opposites collide all the time which forms a central dramatic technique. ...read more.

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For instance, in Act 1 Scene 1 our first impression of Capulet is that he is aggressive and always wants to fight. However further on in Act 1 Scene 3 we another side of him when he arranges Juliet's marriage in a kind way. All these different sides of his character are portrayed in Act 1 Scene 5 when he is being a good host: "Welcome gentlemen! Ladies that have their toes unplagued with corns will have a bout with you," and chatting to cousins. However he still has authority over the family as he is controlling Tybalt whilst maintaining the role of a good host: "Be quiet or - more light, more light! For shame! I'll make you quiet. What, cheerly, my hearts!" and also keeping the momentum of the party going. All these scenes relate together because we know from Act 1 Scene 3 that he wants the party to go well and now in Act 1 Scene 5 he proves this desire because of the fact that he takes the decision to tolerate Romeo. Another member of the Capulet house hold with a key role in Act 1 Scene 5 is Juliet's nurse. As well as the fact that in many Elizabethan families a nurse was present and might almost become a surrogate mother, Shakespeare introduced this character for a number of reasons. First of all we perceive her to be in an interrupting role between the two lovers when they were performing their soliloquy, this is the beginning of the many more interruptions. Shakespeare also uses the nurse to give Romeo and Juliet the background of each other so that the audience can see their reaction. ...read more.

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Fashionable wordplay is deployed because of the strong imagery used and the way they take each other's words and give double meanings. They both also associate many aspects of the conversation with religion. After considering, watching and reading the play, I have concluded that overall the variety in dramatic techniques keeps an audience interested in this specific scene. It is full of contrast and the style of the verse shapes the whole scene allowing key issues to emerge. Suspense pushes the scene forward keeping the audience on the edges of their seats. Many issues discussed in the introduction have also developed and been used throughout the play. In conclusion I am going to present my own views on Act 1 Scene 5. I think that the biggest impact of this scene is on the audience, mainly because of the fact that they probably know from previous knowledge that at some point or other Romeo is going to meet Juliet, and from that moment onwards, the plot will develop. Right from the beginning of the play tension is mounting up as the scene is progressing closer, and when it arrives I am sure that it grasps the audience's full attention because they want to witness the meeting that will eventually lead the two lovers to their death. As I have said before, many contrasts and issues are displayed which makes it all the more dramatic and exciting to watch. This scene forms a very strong relationship with the rest of the play for the reason that it is all shaped around Act 1 Scene 5 so therefore I would conclude that it is the most crucial scene in the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? Romeo and Juliet Adeen Parvaiz 28/04/2007 pg 1/5 ...read more.

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