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Coursework - Romeo & Juliet. How does Shakespeare create and sustain dramatic tension in Act 1 Scene 5?

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Coursework - Romeo & Juliet Question How does Shakespeare create and sustain dramatic tension in Act 1 Scene 5? Answer Romeo and Juliet sounds like a simple story of boy meets girl. In fact, its boy meets girl, their families quarrel and circumstances beyond their control prevent them from revealing their love. When they eventually get together unfortunate accidents and misunderstandings lead to their deaths (by suicide). In Act 1, Romeo who is infatuated by Rosaline (who we never meet), goes to the party held by Lord Capulet in order to see Rosaline. He is persuaded by Mercutio and Benvolio to compare Rosaline to the women at the party; the intention being to show Romeo that there is nothing special about Rosaline. He meets Juliet at the party and forgetting Rosaline, falls in love with her. However, the Act ends with the lovers discovering each other's identity, and the threatening fact that, as Juliet is a Capulet and Romeo a Montague, they belong to feuding families, who would never let them see each other. Some of the most important themes of the play are shown in Act 1 Scene 5. There is affection and religion between Romeo & Juliet and loathing between the Capulets and Montagues. The spectators expect a sizzling scene as Juliet has to judge Paris, who could become her husband. ...read more.

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This is dramatic because Capulet believes that Romeo is at this current moment acting like a dignified, well-mannered gentleman and Tybalt is prohibited to attack him. Capulet seems to be a calm man trying to keep the peace. "I would not for the wealth of all this town, here in my house do him disparagement". This is Capulet's way of saying 'I would not want to treat him badly in my house, for all the capital of Verona'. This confirms that he is trying to keep the peace and doesn't want any brutality in his household (especially against a Montague) whilst the town of Verona is watching at this party. Tybalt's mood develops as the scene progresses; he gets angrier as his uncle tells him that he must ignore Romeo. Tybalt explains to himself that he is shaking because he needs to act, he is so angry yet he is trying to restrain himself because of what his uncle has said to him. He then says "I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall, now seeming sweet convert to bitterest gall" this signifies that he will leave it now but when Romeo does something else he will attack as this emotion will stew and act like a poison on him. ...read more.

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I believe that this is true love compared to the love that Romeo thought he had for Rosaline. The end of this scene creates and prepares the audience for the imminent tragedy. This scene is essential to the rest of the play because if Romeo had not fell in love with Juliet in this scene then the play would just lose interest. However, now they are in love the prologue is starting to be fulfilled. As they have fallen in love, and are from feuding families, the play can now develop and death and hatred be featured. I think that Shakespeare has been successful in making this scene dramatically effective. The use of a sonnet between Romeo and Juliet reminds us of the prologue; the language used between Tybalt and Capulet and the language used between Romeo and Juliet. These make the scene dramatic. He uses these questions of, what will happen to Romeo and Juliet? What will Tybalt Do? What will Capulet do to stop Tybalt? These questions are used to keep the audience interested. The audience will not want to miss any of the play in case they fail to see an excellent or significant section. The themes of love and hate are still relevant to audiences today; many people are still falling in love and marrying, many are still fighting and being punished for their actions. ?? ?? ?? ?? Victoria Clarke English Coursework Romeo & Juliet ...read more.

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