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Explore the way in which Shakespeare creates tension and excitement in Act 1 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet

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Explore the way in which Shakespeare creates tension and excitement in Act 1 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet In act 1 scene 4, Romeo, Benvolio and Mercutio make their way to the Capulet house, determined that they will not apologise for attending the Capulet party uninvited and consider staying only briefly. Mercutio is telling rude and offensive jokes trying to lighten up the mood, while Romeo is still going on about his only love Rosaline. On the way to the Capulet house Romeo looks anxiously into the future and has a sign of death. He fears death will result from him going to Capulet party. He fears his life will be on the line and he must pay when the time is up. ...read more.


Romeo stands to the side during all the dancing is commencing, and from this spot he first sees Juliet .He immediately falls in love with her and forgets about Rosaline. " Did my heart love till now? Forswearit, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night" He quickly makes his feelings known to her; by making many religious comments .He believes his love for her is pure and untainted. In his speech, he says that Juliet's beauty is brighter than the fire of any torch, and that the whole room has lighted up because of her presence. He also says that she is like a dove amongst crows and his rudeness would be blessed if he touches her hand. ...read more.


Tybalt is very aggressive and he has made his point that he hates montages. He is furious that Romeo has attended the Capulet party that he is even prepared to strike Romeo dead. By this the audience finds Tybalt intimidating and aggressive. They find him negative. Tybalt goes to attack Romeo but luckily Capulet stops him and tells him to calm down. Tybalt complains to Capulet that Romeo has "come in spite, / to scorn at our solemnity this night" Capulet rebukes him. Capulet does not want his party ruined and says that he has heard that Romeo is a pleasant youth. He says that Romeo is not causing any trouble and tells Tybalt to forget it. Even though Tybalt is not happy with Capulet's decisions he lets the matter go for know, but promises to get revenge on Romeo. ...read more.

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