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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. Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story, where Romeo and Juliet fall in love but soon find out that their love is forbidden as they are from separate houses, the Montague and Capulet houses. They have to hide their love from their parent, problem a rise which causes death for both of the lovers and friends. There are many things that the prologue sets up. It sets it up the story as a tragic love story. It also sets up a situation of dramatic irony. Dramatic irony is when the audience knows something that the characters don't. I think this gives the play theatricality. Also as if destiny has brought Romeo and Juliet together, they are 'a pair of star-cross'd lovers.' (Line 8 in the Prologue) In the Elizabethan times people believed that the stars held the fate, more so then now. The prologue also sets up conflict; there are some obvious conflicts love, hate, war and peace. There is also birth 'from forth the fatal loins of thee two foes.' (Line 7 in the Prologue) and death 'Where civil blood makes civil hand unclean'. (Line 6 in the Prologue). The prologue is written as a sonnet having 14 lines; it is written with iambic pentameter. This makes it different from the rest of the play as the characters speak in prose or blank verse most of the time. The rhyme of the prologue I think gives you an impression of impending doom. The role of the chorus is a like having a narrator to comment on the action from a removed stand point. ...read more.

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Now by the stock and honour of my kin, to strike him dead, I hold it not a sin' Tybalt is saying if he kills Romeo he will be protecting his family and that he will not feel that he has sinned. Tybalt then says 'Uncle, this is a Montague our foe: A villain that is hither come in spite, to scorn at our solemnity' Tybalt tell this to Capulet, he is saying that the reason Romeo has come to the party was out of spite, and that Romeo is a villain. The audience is surprised with what Capulet says next Capulet replies 'Content thee gentle coz, let him alone' Capulet is telling Tybalt to leave Romeo alone. It appears that Romeo has a good reputation in Verona and is well mannered 'And to say the truth. Verona brags of him' Capulet wants Romeo to be left alone as a fight will ruin his party and disrupt his plans with Juliet's and Paris' meeting. Also from near the beginning of the play we find out that if the two houses fight amongst each other again the consequences will be serious. Tybalt is not to happy about being told to leave Romeo alone, later on in Tybalt's speech he says that he will bride his time till his anger over comes him and a fight must happen. 'Patience perforce, with wilful choler meeting, makes my flesh tremble in their different greeting: I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall now seeming sweet, convert to bittiest gall' The last part of Tybalt's speech is in rhyming couplets which gives the last part of the speech extra emphasis as the rest of the speech is in blank verse this creates dramatic irony. ...read more.

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'Prodigious birth of love is it to me,' this is ominous, this is the beginning of the tragedy. 'That I must love a loathed enemy.' Juliet is saying why is it that I have fallen in love with her enemy. Nurse is now panicking as she knows that Juliet has fallen in love with the wrong person. 'What's this? What's this' This is two rhyming couplets this is drawing your attention to this scene. Juliet says 'A rhyme I learn'd even now of one I danc'd withal.' Juliet is saying that she has just thought of the rhyme about someone she has just danced with, she is talking about Romeo. The scene ends with the nurse saying 'Anon, anon: Come let's away, the strangers all are gone.' Shakespeare has made Act 1 scene 5 dramatically effective because of the use of rhyming couplets, blank verses and the sonnet. Also Act 1 scene 5 is at the beginning of the tragedy, wheels are set in motion Juliet and Romeo fall in love. There are a few themes in Act 1 scene 5 these are love and hate, peace and war. These are still relative for the audience today so they can relate to this. During Act 1 scene 5 Capulet's characteristics are of a joyful man and that he is laid back as he doesn't care that Romeo he enemy is at his party, but later on in the play his characteristics change into an overprotective father. To the audience Tybalt is the villain in the play as he wants to kill Romeo when he sees Romeo at the party. So overall I think that Shakespeare has made Act 1 scene 5 dramatically effective. ?? ?? ?? ?? Andrea Streets 1 ...read more.

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