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Examine Shakespeare's use of dramatic devices in Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet.

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TASK: Examine Shakespeare's use of dramatic devices in Act 1, Scene 5 of Romeo & Juliet Romeo & Juliet is a story of love and hate with, a tragic ending. Act 1, Scene 5 is of particular significance, as it is where the romantic adventure between Romeo and Juliet starts, in contrast of hatred from both families. This scene uses a lot of dramatic devices; Dramatic Devices are elements of the play, which allow the writer to build up tension or other effects. These effects influence the actor of the play and the response of the characters and audience. Some examples of dramatic devices are; Varying the pace and atmosphere; developing characterisation through action and speech and the use of contrast. Varying the pace helps the audience to understand the characters feelings. A slower pace shows calm, happy, hopeful and relaxed behaviour, but a faster pace tends to show anger, excitement and tension of the character, which rapidly leads to the creation of tension. The pace can also affect the mood of the atmosphere, for example; romantic, joyful or aggression. Shakespeare uses a lot of poetry and prose throughout the scene to indicate many facts about the characters personality and background. The speech of the characters develops throughout. Shakespeare's use of simile, in contrasting people and objects can alert the audience to the characters emotions. The first dramatic device used and introduced in Act 1, Scene 5 are from lines 1-14, as the servants create a fast paced atmosphere. ...read more.


These give rhythm to the poem in sequence. He uses simile to describe Juliet, the prettiest girl among all the women. "As a rich jewel in Ethiop's ear'' and "She doth teach the torches to burn bright'' The final lines of Romeo's soliloquy, lines 49-50, show us his confidence and desperation for further physical contact with Juliet. The audience observes everyone's excitement, a variety of movement and dancing. In contrast, Romeo is standing still, with a fixed stare at Juliet. It shows us his adoration for her. The romantic mood is then interrupted by tension, created by Tybalt, who is full of anger. Shakespeare deliberately times Tybalt's entrance to the scene, to remind the audience that the Montague's and Capulet's are enemies and love should not occur between them. The pace then quickens and the atmosphere becomes tense and full of suspense, as it shows the audience the difficulties of this relationship When Tybalt is introduced to the scene, he distinguishes his enemy's voice, Romeo. Tybalt is outraged & infuriated by a Montague at Capulet's party. Capulet arrives to hear the news from Tybalt and tends to be calm about the situation. He is dismissive of Tybalt's concern and instructs him to quieten down, in lines 69-72 "Therefore be patient, take no note of him; It is my will, the which if thou respect, show a fair presence'' Yet, Tybalt still disagrees with Capulet. ...read more.


"my only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late!'' Although Juliet uses rhyming couplets from lines 137-140, it also contains examples of opposites, for example, Love & Hate, Early & Late and Known & Unknown. During the final lines of Act 1, Scene 5, we find out that Juliet feels similar foreboding on learning Romeo's name. She has fallen in love with one of her family's hated enemies. In Conclusion, Shakespeare's use of dramatic devices in Act 1, Scene 5 have been used cleverly, He has done this by varying the pace throughout the scene, using short or long sentences and timed the entrances of characters in the last scene of Act 1. Shakespeare's use of language used in the scene are structured in reflect to the varieties of dialect from each character. His use of religious imagery, dramatic irony and uses of shared sonnets and soliloquy were used several times throughout the scene, to create a situation of love between Romeo & Juliet. Romeo and Juliet's sonnet reflects back to their views of romance. Shakespeare also adds humour from the beginning of the scene and many other cases throughout it, this makes the scene entertaining for the audience. Finally, the continuous intrusion of Romeo and Juliet's word of love by Tybalt and Nurse caused pressure and tension and is also used as a sense of foreshadowing in the scene. It is a sign of what could come later on in the play. ...read more.

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