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

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Explore the ways that Shakespeare makes Act 1 Scene 5 of 'Romeo and Juliet' dramatically effective (c) In this essay I will be writing about how William Shakespeare made Act One Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective. Romeo and Juliet is a play, believed to be written in the 16th Century. The main story 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. There are numerous themes in the play, which include destiny, hate, love and marriage. The scene is made dramatically effective because it has five sections within the scene. It has also been made dramatically effective because the play was intended to be watched and listened to, not just to be read from a script. At the start of Act 1 Scene 5, you would see lots of colourful dresses, dancing and you would also hear lots of music. ...read more.


What Romeo means here is that Juliet stands out from everybody else at the ball and that he has never loved anyone as much as Juliet. There are lots of rhymes in Romeo's speech, which include, "O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright, It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night." This is also a metaphor. There are also similes in the speech such as, "As a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear. Shakespeare has now used 2 themes in the scene, but then there is a section of hate, as Tybalt spots Romeo and tells his uncle, Lord Capulet. Tybalt is a Capulet, and cousin of Juliet. He sees Romeo making his speech. Tybalt says to Capulet, "This by his voice should be a Montague. Fetch me my rapier, boy. What dares the slave come hither, covered with an antic face to fleer and scorn at our solemnity? ...read more.


Romeo and Juliet talk in a sonnet. A sonnet is a 14 line short poem which follows a strict rhyme scheme. The usual rhyme scheme is: a-b-a-b c-d-c-d e-f-e-f g-g. In the sonnet, lots of religious words are used, such as "holy shrine", "pilgrim", "prayer" and "saints". In the last part of the scene, Romeo finds out Juliet is a Capulet, and Juliet finds out Romeo is a Montague. They both are shocked, but still decide that they love each other, even though they are from rival families, and they pronounce this at the famous balcony scene (Act 2 Scene 2.) In conclusion, I think that the scene was very dramatically effective. This is because there were 5 sections to the scene, and Shakespeare used 5 themes to change the mood each time. I think that the themes of the play are still relevant to a modern audience. I think it is a very important scene in the play, because it sets the story for the rest of the play Paul Mather 10WS Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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