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As a director of Act 1, scene 5, how would I convey the dramatic tension through Romeo and Juliet?

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As a director of Act 1, scene 5, how would I convey the dramatic tension through Romeo and Juliet? Romeo and Juliet is certainly one of Shakespeare's most loved pieces and throughout it, he conveys the deepest emotions which seem to touch our innermost feelings. The fighting between the Capulet and Montague families, both alike in dignity, appears to bring us into the war- struck world of Verona. We are driven through a powerful journey through Shakespeare's words of wisdom and certainly bring out our intimate sensations, all in only two hours of theatre. Romeo and Juliet is a fearful passage of their death- marked love and throughout the course of the play, we are taken through an emotional journey into the minds of the star- crossed lovers, bringing out examples of dramatic tension into context. The heart- breaking tour into the mentality of the two young hearts causes even the strongest of people to shed a tear. However, sometimes the re-enactments of such scenes as Act 1; scene 5, fail to capture the contrast and without doubt, the dramatic tension is not conveyed in the way needed to connect with our emotions. Taking the part of the director, I have decided on a few dramatic techniques needed to make Romeo and Juliet as moving as possible for a modern audience's viewing. Throughout the course of Romeo and Juliet, a variety of imagery and context is used to portray feelings of the characters as well as their attitudes. For example, at the beginning of act 1: scene 5, at the Capulet ball, Romeo first notices Juliet from the other side of the room. In my performance, at this point in the play, I would have them on opposite sides of the room, to signify how they are so close yet so far from being together. ...read more.

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I think that this effect would be beneficial for the scene as the audience see the contrast between the arguments at the front with the tender scene at the back. Showing that even though Tybalt is talking about Romeo to be a 'slave, coming to scorn at their solemnity', the evidence from the back of the theatre shows Romeo to be quite gentle and vulnerable because following a girl round is quite, in modern times an immature action to do. In this scene, with the dialogue, I would choose to emphasize 'slave', 'foe' and 'villain'. I would also choose to accentuate the speech when Tybalt says 'scorn at our solemnity' and ''makes my flesh tremble' because, in my opinion, these lines certainly portray the accurate amount of resentment that Tybalt is feeling at this point in time. Also when Tybalt says' scorn at our solemnity' he would look disgusted because it shows more aggression and the act that he looks disgusted shows how angry he is with the fact a Capulet is in his house as it is alliteration in a sound which sounds almost malevolent or evil. This section, in context to the scene as a whole sets the atmosphere of anger and brings out the first glances of the antagonism that the characters are feeling at this point in time. It also begins the trail of tension between the characters and the dramatic tension begins to take a lead part in the act. For example, the argument between Capulet and Tybalt begins a string of affairs which lead to death, painful experiences and also the declaration of love because as they argue; Romeo approaches Juliet and they first kiss; in the next part of the scene. ...read more.

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this would create a harsh tension of the scene as the truth hits Juliet as it is...she has fallen in love with who she is expected to hate, a Montague. Overall, act 1, scene 5 is a significant and important scene because it is the pivotal point of the play and from then on, everything changes. For example, in act 1, scene 5 Romeo and Juliet find out each of their identities and the problem is born between the two family grudges being linked by love. Also, the themes of love and war are contrasted greatly as we are taken from different parts, another theme approaches. Also, in act 1; scene 5, a lot happens. As well as the first meeting and kiss of Romeo and Juliet, also there is the revelation to each o them about the family name. In act 1; scene 5, there is also a lot of dramatic irony which is used to connect the audience to the play and seem like they have an important part to play in the surprise because they knew beforehand. I think that these ideas of love and war could be portrayed to a modern time audience by using a racial theme running through because at this day and age, there is a lot of discrimination between racial groups. For example, in this scene love and hate collide. I would re-enforce this by having a stop of music as well as a lot of lighting to help pick out the key- parts of the scene To a modern audience, I think they would feel more emotion if they heard music whereas in a Shakespearean audiences' viewing they would find the idea of volume control in voices more emotional as they didn't have special effects to look like they were crying or lighting and sound to portray emotions. Jinan Harb ...read more.

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