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

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Liz Hopkins 10ML Romeo and Juliet Explore the ways that Shakespeare makes Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective. In this essay, I will explore the ways that Shakespeare makes Act 1 Scene 5 dramatically effective. I intend to do this by considering the initial meeting of Romeo and Juliet, the contrast between Tybalt and Romeo, the expectations of the audience and how the atmosphere changers when they discover they are enemies. Overall this play is a tragic love story; two noble families are fighting again. The Prince now warns that anyone who fights will be punished with death. Then we are introduced to Romeo who is speaking of his love for the 'fair Rosaline' to his cousin Benvolio. He is so sure that he is in love with her but it is just an infatuation. Then the two learn of a party at the Capulet residence and decide to gatecrash the ball. This is where Romeo and Juliet first meet. Juliet is meant to be meeting a suitor at the ball. They fall in love at first sight and are undisturbed at the party until Tybalt discovers that it is Romeo, he wants to fight but the Lord Capulet won't let him. ...read more.

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You can clearly tell for his speech that he is happy and excited and can't wait to get the party started. This, in turn, rubs off on the audience, who are looking forward to the scene with great anticipation. This is a vast contrast from the mood at the beginning of the play, as it appears, if only for one night, Lord Capulet wants to forget about fighting, he shows this by saying to Tybalt, 'this unlook'd for sport comes well. Nay, sit, nay, sit.' Shakespeare uses Romeo's speech about Juliet to yet again build up the tension. Mainly in soliloquy, this speech contains Liz Hopkins many romantic but mainly religious references such as 'make blessed my rude hand'. It is both fluent and poetic. He also uses metaphors to effectively create drama, 'she hangs upon the cheek of night' and ' a snowy dove trooping with crows' are very romantic views of how you may fall in love with someone at first sight and how someone just sticks out in a crowd to you. But Romeo's language is again in contrast with Lord Capulet's because his is light and fun to match the mood of the party whereas Romeo's is serious and acts like no one else is in the room. ...read more.

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After Romeo has left, Juliet asks the nurse about a few men at the party so as not to make asking about Romeo suspicious, 'if he be married, my grave is likely to be my wedding bed', this shows that she has fallen as much for him as he for her. For the audience, the tension and anticipation would be at a high point. There is also a high amount of uncertainty over whether they will end up together of not. I think that Shakespeare has successfully created a dramatically effective and pivotal scene. For me, his use of metaphors is very important, the description in them is key to making the scene everything it needs to be. Romantic and fun, but with Tybalt's anger still fresh in the audience's mind. This scene is crucial to the rest of the play because it is where the main plot begins, and so does the love story. With its overall theme of love and hate, this helps make the play relevant today, as when Shakespeare first wrote it. This is because we can all learn to accept an enemy; we need not be friends with them but neither must we fight. I think this scene is incredibly well devised and I would say it is my overall favourite scene. ...read more.

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