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

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Coursework Explore the ways that Shakespeare makes Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective. Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's masterpieces , believed to be written in the 16th Century. The main storyline of the play is about two tragic love struck teenagers who are unable to be together because their families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are enemies. Romeo is a Montague, Juliet is a Capulet.The Prologue itself creates the sense of fate by providing the audience with the knowledge that Romeo and Juliet will die even before the play has begun. The audience therefore watches the play with the expectation that it must fulfill the terms set in the Prologue. There are several themes in the play, which include destiny, hate, love and marriage. The audience is likely to expect several things from the scene. First and foremost simply trouble which means action-drama! Romeo is where he is not wanted, and is likely to be seen as an outsider. Second, since the prologue indicates that these are star-crossed lovers, some elements of the audience may be expecting if not love, at least admiration. Finally, they should expect a kind of lively excitement from the party itself. In my response to Shakespeare ,I will explore the ways that he uses to make Act1 Scene5 of the play dramatically effective. ...read more.


Tybalt explains to himself that he is shaking because he needs to act, he is angrily trying to restrain himself because of what his uncle has said to him. He then says "I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall" this signifies that he will leave it now but when Romeo does something else he will attack as this emotion will act like a poison inside him. Shakespeare creates a huge amount of tension because the audience don't know whether they will fight or will just carry on with the party. In contrast to Tybalt, Romeo's speech is very calmly, powerful and romantic "So shows a snowy dove trooping with the crows,As yonder lady o'er her fellow shows", Romeo here is showing his true feelings towards Juliet . The drama built up again when Romeo sees Juliet for the first time and forgets Rosaline entirely; Juliet meets Romeo and falls just as deep in love as him. This is the moment the audience has been waiting for. The meeting of Romeo and Juliet dominates the scene, and, with extraordinary language that captures both the excitement and wonder in which the two protagonists feel, Shakespeare proves equal to the expectations he has set up by delaying the meeting for an entire act. This scene is very dramatically created by Shakespeare as Romeo and Juliet speak just fourteen lines before their first kiss. ...read more.


O dear account! my life is my foe's debt.' Shakespeare refers in Juliet's lines to 'love and hate' and 'early late' which are oxymorons of each other showing Juliet's thought which emphasizes her mix thoughts of Romeo. This is used to feminize the feeling of Juliet as she is loving her enemy but if only she knew this before. In conclusion,Shakespeare has successfully made the scene dramatically effective by changing characters and tone throughout. The mood switched from being jovial,to serious love, to anger, back to love and then to anxiety and fear. Shakespeare has made this scene the foundation of the whole play. We see all the emotions shared throughput the whole play in this one scene. We also see the plot of the play, which is love and hate at the same time. This builds up tension and makes the audience anxious and thinking about what are going to happen next. Nowadays, love and hate is still important with drama's building up as it is very effective. Both of them are essential and ideal ingredients for a tragic and romantic plays. Most of the audiences like to see a romantic scene as it makes the play more exciting. Also, using hate as a theme creates high amount of tension as the audience can notice the two contrasting emotions throughout the play. As one of the audience, I think Shakespeare successfully makes the scene dramatically effective as the structure of the play itself is the fate from which Romeo and Juliet can't escape. ...read more.

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