• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explore the ways in which Shakespeare makes Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective

Extracts from this document...


Explore the ways in which Shakespeare makes Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective Shakespeare, in Act 1 Scene 5, describes the first meeting of the two 'star crossed lovers' Romeo and Juliet. He uses various techniques to make it as dramatically effective as possible for the audience. Prior to the scene, Romeo's thoughts of love weren't very optimistic; as he has recently fallen out of love with a girl called Rosaline. Romeo describes love before the party as '...it is too rough, too rude, to boist'rous, and it pricks like thorn.' (I.v.25-26) But when he meets Juliet how is language changes and his views change. This is why we question his love for Juliet and may consider it fickle and he cannot be trusted as he changes his mind so quickly. We can take certain believability out of Juliet though as she has a talk with her Nurse and mother after going to meet Paris, the man her mother wants her to marry. She depicts her thoughts on love to the nurse, describing it as 'it is an honour I dream not of' meaning that she doesn't want to get married but the minute Romeo arrives, all her thoughts are changed bringing believability into the story. ...read more.


The mood then changes for the audience as Tybalt enters and spots Romeo as an intruder into his household. Although he is quickly stopped by Capulet this build up of tension contrasts the romance of this scene. Tybalt's use of language is very dramatic to the audience as Shakespeare uses Tybalt to build up tension in the hope of a fight. The audience's expectations of a brawl are heightened when phrases like 'Fetch me my rapier boy!' and (I.v.53) 'O by the stock and honour of my kin, I strike him dead I hold not a sin' (I.v.57-58) Are said. This is effective as Shakespeare sustains their suspense and interest throughout. From research on Shakespeare, at the time of writing Romeo and Juliet there was a lot of fighting and up roars of peasants, and what happened at the time would always have a impact on his writing. Following this Shakespeare slows down the tension with the first verbal meeting Romeo and Juliet. By sharing a sonnet it expresses to the audience the bond or unity between them already and sharing it makes it all the more romantic to watch. The use of a shared sonnet is dramatically effective as they would be wondering around the stage ending each other's sentences basically flirting with one another. ...read more.


..... That I must love a loathed enemy.' (I.v.135/140) The modern adaptation I think is a lot more effective that the text in my eyes. In my view I find it easier to concentrate on the play while watching, rather the trying to visualise it from reading the text. Its portrayal of the party scene is very effective, with the first meeting of Juliet and Romeo between the fish tank, and the costumes, for example, Juliet's angel outfit, was well thought of by the director to emphasis the innocence and clarity of Juliet. Shakespeare makes Act 1 Scene 5 dramatically effective in so many ways. The creation of intimate scenes between Romeo and Juliet depicts such a romantic atmosphere. The irony in their views of love, with Romeo despising love at one point to praising love a few scenes on, and with Juliet refusing love so strongly to accepting love so quickly. Romeo's for-seeing of the future deaths, the change of hatred of Tybalt's speech to Romeo's shared sonnet with Juliet, to use of religious imagery used to describe Juliet in her innocence builds p and makes this scene so dramatic. As a final dramatic gestures the use of a chorus to round everything up, gives the audience a hint to what's in the next scene to keep them see more. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. How William Shakespeare makes act 1 scene 5 dramatically effective.

    William Shakespeare has used imagery by alternating between light and dark often assorted with day and night, light described as strong love and dark as family hatred and conflict. For example at the ball scene which takes place in act 1 scene 5, Romeo and Juliet speak of saints worshiping

  2. Romeo and Juliet Explore the ways Shakespeare makes Act One, Scene Five dramatically effective. ...

    With the arrival of the Capulet servants, and the fighting that ensues, the sharp contrast is shown, and thus we are set up for the rest of the play, which deals with conflicting images, as represented in the initial scene by the way that it is the servants who lead

  1. Act 3 scene 5, examine the ways in which Shakespeare makes us sympathise with ...

    Lord Capulet who then enters the room thinking that Juliet will be pleased that he found such a well respected rich man, to be her husband however Juliet is not. Lord Capulet asks Lady Capulet if she has delivered the message which was for Juliet to marry Paris he asks "Have you delivered to her our decree?"

  2. Romeo and Juliet - How does Shakespeare Make Act 1 Scene 5 Dramatically effective

    The language that Tybalt uses when speaking to Capulet is very short, abrupt, commanding sentences, which suggests that Tybalt is not very happy at Romeo. Capulet reverses this and commands Tybalt to stop and to tolerate Romeo for fear of disrupting the evening.

  1. How does Shakespeare build up the tension and suspense to make act three scene ...

    Tybalt says to his people "Follow me close, for I will speak to them." This builds up the tension because it shows that Tybalt is being cautious as he recognises that the situation is hazardous and he is expecting a fight.

  2. Explore How Act 1 Scene 5 of Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet is dramatically effective ...

    This would be based on social status, which is also what a party was used for, to show off your social status to others. The rich people in the audience would've probably held their heads high in this scene and would've enjoyed it the most.

  1. Explore the ways that Shakespeare makes Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet ...

    William Shakespeare did not agree to arranged marriages, he thought love marriages were better, and lasted longer. Children at that time agreed to their parents' decisions even if they disliked them. Juliet was different, she disagreed to marry Paris and had married Romeo secretly.

  2. Explore the ways that Shakespeare makes Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet ...

    never encounter; this allows us an insight into the character of Romeo, showing us that he is a sensitive young man. Meanwhile Juliet is set to marry Parris, although she does not wish to "It is an honour I dream not of" however she later agrees to give Parris an opportunity to woo her at the Capulet party.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work