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Consider the dramatic effect of act one scene five on Shakespeare's audience and discuss why you feel the scene is important to the role of tragedy In the play.

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English homework- Assignment, Consider the dramatic effect of act one scene five on Shakespeare's audience and discuss why you feel the scene is important to the role of tragedy In the play Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is all about two lovers who are driven to suicide after everyone they know tries to split them up. The two families in the play, the Montagues and the Capulets seem to have had a very long grudge against each other, " aye, I hate the Capulets" this is one of the reasons that pushes the lovers away from each other. Romeo and Juliet's love is one that can never really work and the audience knows this, this gets the audience more involved in the play. Act one scene five is important in the play because it shows a different light on the characters. For example, Capulet at first we think he is a not very nice character with a grudge against the Montagues but in fact he turns out to be a very good, polite and peaceful man. I think this is used to get Shakespeare's audience thinking, after all they did need to be entertained, because there was people from all walks of life there, from cleaners to the lords and titled people. The audience in those days consisted of being in a massive arena which was still cramped however the more well off folk could afford to gain height and see the stage clearly above and over the lower classes. ...read more.


This is also known as a prologue (background information), this prologue goes into just enough detail to get you thinking without revealing the whole story of the play. Romeo is first in love with Rosaline, however in the play he says, "before this night I never saw true beauty" when he looks at Juliet. Rosaline seems to disappear from there on in the play, I think she is just another background prop which could be used to provoke Interest in the audience by getting them to think "will there be rivalry between Juliet and Rosaline over Romeo?" The friar believes that Rosaline was the one for Romeo but he says, "love then lies, not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes". Romeo says that he wants to forget Rosaline and her name now means nothing to him "I have forgot that name, and that name's woe". Act one, scene five opens with the servants having a chat to each other; you can see that these characters mean nothing in the play, as they do not talk in verse. However when Shakespeare's Romeo doesn't talk in verse it means something usually important is going to take place. E.g. when they say " You are looked for and called for, asked for and sought for, in the great chamber". Another example of this would be "cheerly, boys; be brisk awhile, and the longer liver take all". ...read more.


As a conclusion, this scene is quite important in the play as it sets the background, shows us a different light onto some of the characters and altogether gives a wider appeal to the audience as there is a bit in it for everyone. The well off people had a lot to think about which kept them happy whilst the poor people could watch the mass movement on stage which would keep them busy. There is a lot of movement in this scene, there is dancing and there almost was a duel between Romeo and Tybalt although it was stopped by Capulet because he didn't want a ruckus amongst his guests. This still proved to be entertaining to see Capulet tell off Tybalt, when its Tybalt who has the reputation for being a trouble starter and a very good swordsman. In all the play is an emotional rollercoaster, I think that the audience would be sad one minute and then happy the next and then they might be excited. This scene is also has a range of characters in it. For the first time we get to hear the servants discuss there lives without the main stars of the play being near. This gives us, as an audience, an insight to the 'normal' people's views on the main family leaders. In this scene there is a heavy play on words between Romeo and Juliet, this is done through many religious images. As an audience we already know what is going to happen, but suprisingly it still shocks the audience. By Jonathan Sword ...read more.

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