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EXPLORE HOW SHAKESPEARE CREATES DRAMATIC TENSION IN ACT 1, SCENE 5

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Explore how Shakespeare creates dramatic tension in Act 1, scene 5 In this essay I will explore the way Shakespeare creates dramatic tension in the play Romeo and Juliet, Act 1 scene 5. The audience was given a prologue at the beginning of the play; this would enable them to have a simple idea of the play, giving them a desire to carry on watching the play. The Globe theatre was the place Shakespeare's plays were performed to the audiences. The globe theatre was exposed to wind, rain, snow and lack of lighting meant plays had to be performed only in daylight. Such conditions encouraged Shakespeare to be imaginative and create a storyline that would sustain the audience's attention throughout the play. The play 'Romeo and Juliet is about 'two star crossed lovers' that are from two families who are enemies; Montague and Capulet, but the children fall in love with each other. Romeo and Juliet get married in secret. However the story continues, as a result of Tybalt's murder, Romeo was banished and Juliet was set to marry Paris, well-respected suitor. So Juliet had counterfeited her own death by drinking a potion that made her appear dead. Romeo did not know of this and was told that Juliet had passed away. As a result of this Romeo bought poison to commit suicide, within twenty-four hours Romeo had gone to see Juliet who appeared dead at the time. ...read more.

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'Fetch me my rapier, boy.' (Act 1 scene line 54). At this very moment Tybalt's sword has literally cut through the atmosphere of love. Shakespeare has used the same technique in building the tension, and then lowering it by changing the theme in which the events are taking place in, once more dramatic tension is being used. In variation Shakespeare uses characterisation by the contrast of Romeo and Tybalt. Tybalt a fearful, violent man weighed by Romeo; a subtle gentle man. As you can see Shakespeare is balancing and contrasting his characters to create dramatic tension by demonstrating how opposite characters are. However luckily for Romeo, Lord Capulet overhears Tybalt and reprimands him, telling him that Romeo is well regarded in Verona, and that he will not have the youth harmed at his feast. Tybalt protests, but Capulet scolds him until he agrees to keep the peace. As Lord Capulet moves on, Tybalt vows that he will not let this mortification pass. Consequently Capulet shows that Romeo is a good man, for the audience they distinguish Romeo as a respected high-quality man who in future will be the head of the Montague house; with more respect the audience know Romeo's enemy says this about him. The effect on the audience is that Romeo is a highly respected young man; the audience will have a liking for Romeo, which later during the play shows Romeo and Juliet are well suited together. ...read more.

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Both from opposite families- Tybalt that is angry and Romeo who is calm, consequently building conflict of interest and as a result building dramatic tension. However Shakespeare has used linguistic devices such has a sonnet- a fourteen lined love poem that shows Romeo and Juliet are together, moving, talking at the same pace, a sign to the audience that they are in love. Also Romeo describes Juliet by using a very powerful hyperbole such as 'Beauty too rich for use' when he describes her at a first glance, it is showing the idea of love at first sight. Referring back to the question how Shakespeare creates dramatic tension in Act 1 scene 5 is through a number of ways like differences in characters, mood, theme and building the tension through the use of language is a hyperbole and sonnet. I think Shakespeare is successful because he uses many ways. Also he used the building of tension to sustain the audience's interest; additionally Shakespeare had to be imaginative due the surrounds of his play in the globe theatre, because there were no special effects like the modern films of today. Another way in which Shakespeare is successful through the different choices of themes and in the play the several storylines he used to make the play interesting, similar to modern soaps today like Eastenders. As a result that was what made Shakespeare plays still intact today after hundreds of years and what made him popular. Umer Hussain Shakespeare Essay Page 1 ...read more.

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