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Discuss the Dramatic Significance of Act 1 Scene 5 in the Play Romeo and Juliet

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Helen Tiffney 10DM Abbey Grange High School 16th November 2005 Discuss the Dramatic Significance of Act 1 Scene 5 in the Play Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most famous plays and even though it was written many years ago, it is still very popular today. Many people can relate to the play as it still covers popular issues in modern society such as young love and violence between different groups of people. It is one of Shakespeare's earlier tragedies and we can tell this because the protagonist is not completely to blame for his downfall because there are external influences such as fate and the family feud. This is different to Shakespeare's later tragedies, where the protagonist has a main weakness and this causes them to fall from power due to their own fault alone. Romeo and Juliet is not as developed as this and although Romeo has the weakness of being tempestuous, there are also external influences. Act 1 Scene 5 is dramatically significant because it is a fast moving scene. The servants are rushing around and trying to get everything ready for the ball. ...read more.


Not only does this show his instant love and attraction towards her, it also links to the imagery of light and darkness. At the start of the play Romeo is sad and depressed but when he sees Juliet she 'brightens' up his mood and this shows a contrast between light Helen Tiffney 10DM Abbey Grange High School 16th November 2005 and dark. This contrast is used a lot in the scene and Romeo uses similes to describe Juliet, for example "A rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear." And he also uses the metaphor "A snowy dove trooping with crows." These similes make what Romeo is saying seem romantic and make the scene rich with imagery. This is important because when the play would first have been preformed, there were no female actors. A boy would have played the part of Juliet, so it was important for the language used in the play to show her as very beautiful because it would not have been obvious to the audience. This part of the scene also links to religion. When Romeo and Juliet meet words like "palmer", "shrine" and "pray" are all used and these all link to religion. ...read more.


Also he has heard that Romeo is a good man and he did not see the point in disrupting the ball when Romeo wasn't causing any harm. Lord Capulet gets angry at Tybalt and we can tell this because he changes from using the friendly pronoun "thou" to the formal "you" when he is talking to him. This shows that his mood towards Tybalt has changed. For example he says "What Goodman boy, I say he shall, go to! Am I the master here, or you? Go to!" Helen Tiffney 10DM Abbey Grange High School 16th November 2005 Here Lord Capulet is saying that he is the master not Tybalt and he insults him by calling him a "Goodman boy" which means that he is not a gentleman. The scene ends in rhyming couplets and this is because at the time when this play would have first been preformed there would have been no curtains or lighting effects to show that the scene had ended. By using rhyming couplets, it let the audience know that the scene had finished. Overall Act 1 Scene 5 is dramatically significant for many reasons. It shows family unity and generosity as well as ending the exposition. The scene relates to the themes and shows the instant attraction between Romeo and Juliet from the moment they meet. ...read more.

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