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Explore the ways in which Shakespeare makes Act 1 Scene V dramatically effective

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21 January 2007 Explore the ways in which Shakespeare makes Act 1 Scene V dramatically effective In this essay I am going to show how Shakespeare makes Act 1 Scene V dramatically effective. 'Dramatically effective' means how well the playwright builds up the tension, controls the speed of the play and the drama in the play. The dramatic effectiveness ties in with the main idea of the play which is a story about two 'Star crossed lovers' from 'Verona' who are destined to die as we have already found out from the prologue. The prologue just shows how dramatically ironic the play is because you already know what's going to happen. Through the prologue we have also encountered universal themes which are contrasting such as 'love/hate' because even though Romeo and Juliet love each other, their households hate each other. This is how Shakespeare makes this play dramatically effective, because these contrasting themes are one of the ways to build up the tension and also help the story along. This love story about Romeo and Juliet was actually taken from Brooke's 'Romeous and Juliet'. Brooke's version of the story takes place over several months which made the story very slow and diminished any tension that was built up. When Shakespeare rewrote the story, he changed the period of time from several months to a few days over which the story took place. This important change to the story added to the dramatic effect by speeding up the plot. The effect of this change on the audience was that it made the play more interesting and kept their attention by making the drama increase because of the shorter story line. ...read more.

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Staging is if some one is describing a girl in a play of his they have to stress the beauty of that girl because in Elizabethan times all the girls were played by men as I have already said before. Another type of staging is saying something like 'More light you knaves' to explain to the audience that it is night time. Now we turn our attention to the speech between Tybalt and Capulet when Tybalt calls Romeo 'that villain' and talks to his uncle to get Romeo thrown out. Tybalt thinks of Romeo as a 'villain' but when Capulet speaks he is more balanced in describing Romeo as a 'well-govern'd youth.' This quote shows us that Capulet is still having a really good time and enjoying his beautiful banquet because his syntax is still long and flowing like a river; 'content thee, gentle coz.' When Tybalt starts to provoke Capulet by insisting to get Romeo thrown out by saying, 'I'll not endure him,' then Capulet turns on him and starts asking Tybalt 'am I the master here, or you.' You could tell that Capulet was getting annoyed because His syntax was breaking up and he couldn't finish his sentences properly; 'What, Goodman boy! I say, he shall: go to.' Throughout the Speech Tybalt keeps using language such as; 'A villain that is hither come in spite,' or 'Tis that villain Romeo,' and keeps going on bad mouthing Romeo to Capulet. Capulet uses a variety of language throughout this speech because in the start he was very calm and at the end he was much stressed. At this point in time in the play the audience will be expecting a fight between Tybalt and Romeo and that builds up the tension because if Romeo dies fighting Tybalt then Romeo and Juliet and the play will fall apart. ...read more.

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There is a lot of drama in this scene which builds up all of the tension leading to Romeo and Juliet meeting and them finding out that they have just fallen in love with their enemies. All of the contrasts in the scene are contrasting the themes and the language that Romeo and Tybalt use because Tybalt uses phrases like 'sin' and 'villain' while Romeo uses phrases like 'snowy dove' and 'blessed.' Using all of those tools Shakespeare engaged the audience by making lots of tension build up, putting lots of drama in the right places, using the right contrasting themes also in the right place this also build up the tension which is Dramatic effectiveness. Universal themes that Shakespeare uses in Romeo and Juliet are still relevant to audiences today, for example if two people from different faiths love each other and their families hate each other then it is an example of love/hate. My own opinions on this scene are that Romeo was very ignorant to the fact that the girl he had seen could have been anyone from the Capulet family including Juliet so he shouldn't have fallen in love with Juliet at first sight. If I was the director of this play what I would do is have a Rotating stage with dividers which divide up the three parts of the hall. The first part of the stage would be for the speech that Capulet and Tybalt have, the second part of the stage would be the main part of the hall where every one is enjoying them selves and the third part of the stage would be where Romeo and Juliet meet. I would have the stage rotate when some one's speech came up. That is how I would direct the scene. ?? ?? ?? ?? James ...read more.

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