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Explain how Shakespeare creates dramatic tension in Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet.

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Explain how Shakespeare creates dramatic tension in Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet Course work written by Stacy Rodriguez 'Romeo and Juliet', is a tragic love story, by William Shakespeare written in the year 1954. The play is set in the town of Verona and is concentrated on two characters in which the title is named from, 'Romeo and Juliet'. Romeo and Juliet are ill-fated lovers due to their family backgrounds. When their eyes crossed, they instantly fell in love not knowing this love was doomed. Romeo did not know Juliet was a Capulet and Juliet was unaware that Romeo was a Montague. The Montagues and Capulet are two rivalry families. Yet the feud still continues due to the fact that neither family is ready to forgive and forget the past. Only by Romeo and Juliet's death were the families able to make peace. The two families find the bodies and their shared sorrow; finally, they were able to end the feud. ...read more.


Sampson, one of the two servants, was complaining about the amount of work he was doing. He felt as if he was only doing hard labor. The other servant, Potpan replied angrily saying, "We cannot be here and there too Cheery boys, be brisk awhile, and longer liver take all". Obviously, the argument arose and thus, tension was created. Similarly, tension is also greatly sensed in Tybalt and Lord Capulet's dispute. The heated discussion began when Tybalt furiously noticed Romeo's presence in the masquerade. He wanted to fight him but Lord Capulet stopped him. This angered Tybalt greatly but he had no choice but to follow Lord Capulet's orders. The rage and annoyance was the cause of the tension created in this scene. This situation not only served as the provider of dramatic tension but also, in the scene another technique of Shakespeare is made obvious. This is the method of using irony to create a dramatic and striking tone. ...read more.


After this the section is changed, Romeo and Juliet's first meeting, which carefully leads to a kiss. And then, also very quickly the horrible truth about the family is revealed. All these moments happen in very distinct sections and because of the number of sections the plot thickens. This makes it more intriguing and dramatic. Another source of drama is the use of bawdy humor. This is seen in a line where Capulet tries to tease the ladies about dancing. "Will now deny to dance? She that makes dainty, she'll swear hath corns". Shakespeare uses this technique to continuously entertain the audience causing more curiosity to read more of the play. Also another source of tension is the fact that it is a masquerade. Masks are symbols of mystery and anonymity. Because of this, once again curiosity rises and so does tension. In Romeo and Juliet's first meeting the playwright uses a sonnet because it makes it more striking. It creates a dramatic tone, which is needed, in a romantic scene like this. Another way Shakespeare used ...read more.

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