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Consider the importance of act one scene five of Romeo and Juliet in terms of characters, plot, theme and dramatic effectivene

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Consider the importance of act one scene five of Romeo and Juliet in terms of characters, plot, theme and dramatic effectiveness. "Romeo and Juliet" is a famous love story. It involves two families, the Capulets and the Montagues, who fued with each other. Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet. Romeo and Juliet both fall in love, which leads to tragedy and their deaths. Shakespeare uses a prologue to summarize the play, and hint there will be a tragedy. The Elizabethan audience loved tragedy in plays and would be pleased when they heard about the "star cross'd lovers." Act one starts with the Capulets and the Montagues having a brawl. The prince says this is not going to happen any more, if it does the Capulets and Montagues will pay with their lives. While this is happening Romeo is love sick about Rosaline. Benvolio tries to cheer Romeo up, he tells him they shall go to the Capulets party in disguise. Meanwhile Juliet's parents want her to marry Paris. Shakespeare is setting up our expectations. We expect love and conflict to be present at the party. Act one scene five is a climax to the first act, and provides a dramatic link to the rest of the play, leads to marriage and the balcony scene. ...read more.

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"Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear." He is a typical Elizabethan lover. Shakespeare also focuses on Juliet. Juliet is a very young girl, she is only thirteen. Female characters in Elizabethan plays had to be young because women were not aloud to act in theaters, so they had to have young boys playing there characters. Romeo describes Juliet as being beautiful and wonderful. "O she doth teach the torches to urn bright!" All description suggests Juliet as pure, this is because she is young and Romeo creates imagery of light. Despite Juliet's age, she takes charge. When asking the nurse she does not just ask about Romeo she asks about several men. This is preparing us for her taking charge on the balcony. Shakespeare uses many dramatic techniques to entertain the audience. The dramatist starts off with the preparation of the Capulets' party, there is lots of movement and noise. The servants speak in prose as they are not important characters. "Away with the join stools, remove the court cupboard, look to the plate." The noise and movement creates a sense of expectation for the party. Lord Capulet welcomes the guests to the party. "Welcome gentlemen." Lord Capulet is in a very good mood which explains his tolerance of Romeo later on in the party. ...read more.

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Romeo is shocked "Is she a Capulet? O dear account! My life is my foe's debt. And he exists quickly with Benvolio. When the guests are leaving Juliet asks the nurse about several men, she asks Romeos. When the nurse tells her he is a Montague she is horrified. "my only love sprung from my only hate." Shakespeare shows her shock by using exclamation marks. Juliet suggests to herself that it is too late to change her feelings, this is a hint for future conflict. Act one scene five is a very important scene because it involves two lovers, Romeo and Juliet meeting for the first time. The audience is aware of the on-going family feud. We know that the two lovers are arch enemies, and is going to get even serious. There are contrasting emotions of love and hate. When the two lovers fall in love and hate when Tybalt wants to a fight with Romeo it is this fight which makes things complicated, and there will be tragic consequences such as Merctio's death, Romeo's banishment. Shakespeare has used a range of dramatic devices to engage and to keep the audience entertained, and these devices make act one scene five memorable. ?? ?? ?? ?? -1- Shakespeare coursework ...read more.

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