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Explore the ways in which Shakespearemakes Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Julieteffective.

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Eleanor Parker 10 Tyerman 1,830 words Explore the ways in which Shakespeare makes Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet effective. Explore the ways in which Shakespeare makes Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective A significant moment of drama that features in Act one scene 5, is that of the final situation, where it highlights Romeo and Juliet's shock when they both have realised who each other are, and understand the trouble that is going to be caused. What at first seemed such a comfortable meeting, has now turned into something much more tense, this links to a wider sense of intensity between the feuding families. This essay shall observe and explore this question from three different views: the first section shall analyse the plays dramatic appeal to the audience, the second will study the dramatic effect of Shakespeare's language and style, the third will observe the moral and philosophical dramas featured in this scene. A huge point of significance that creates drama within the Prologue is the idea of fate and superstition. The use of fate and superstition creates a supernatural atmosphere, it shows that this is all pre-decided, and this love was destined to fail before it had even begun. 'Star cross'd lovers' (prologue 7 ) 'From forth the fatal loins' (prologue 6 ) These suggest there whole story was planned by destiny. ...read more.


Throughout the beginning, there is a dark sense of foreboding and superstition This gives the audience clues for what's about to come, so it is dramatic irony when Romeo and Juliet meet, because we are already prepared for the danger. 'Some consequence yet hanging in the stars, Shall bitterly begin his fearful date,' (I iv 1-2 pg51) Romeo is speaking of his fears to Mercutio. He could either just be paranoid that they will be caught by Capulets at the party, or be speaking about the premonition he had in a dream. 'Hanging in the stars' is perhaps referring back to the prologues 'star cross'd lovers', these link together to both suggest destined love. 'Bitterly' and 'fearful' put a negative outlook on his suspicions, so he rightly believes bad things are about to happen. The most dramatic episode within Act one scene five, is the final one, when Juliet has just realised Romeo is a Montague, and both are in shock. The scene had progressed as a positive new meeting between Romeo and Juliet, and both characters have completely changed in the duration of one scene, due to falling in love with eachother. The climax of the scene suddenly ruins the positive atmosphere, and the audience is left waiting for something even worse to happen. 'My only love, sprung from my only hate,' (I v 6 pg56) Juliet is already prepared to call Romeo her only love, by which dramatises their first meeting into something very important. ...read more.


'Did my heart love till now, forswear it sight, For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.' (I v 7-8 pg 53) Romeo is being decisive that he now loves Juliet, and this links to his stubbornness when he swore that he would only love Rosaline. He appears to be a strong believer that love is all physical, and that it is easy to fall for someone due to their looks. Earlier in the play, there are suggestions of fate and danger ahead, which ends in Romeo and Juliet realising they were meant to be enemies. Romeo has already spoken of his dream, that foretold danger lying in the stars. It has also become apparent Rosaline may also be a Capulet, and being with her may have caused the same trouble as being with Juliet, which could mean that whatever happened to Romeo, he was meant to cause trouble among the families, thus ending in grief that joined the families together. At the end of this analysis, it can be concluded that Shakespeare has created tension in this scene involving love and hate. He has warmed the audience with the meeting of Romeo and Juliet, yet also stirred them with Tybalts suspicions. This scene is a catalyst in the play for the beginning of the drama. And we have discovered the earlier scenes were just preparation for this. Shakespeare has excited the atmosphere of the whole play in just this one scene. ...read more.

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