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Explore the ways that Shakespeare makes Act one Scene five of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective.

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Nia Griffiths 11NE Coursework Essay Explore the ways that Shakespeare makes Act one Scene five of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective. Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story which was written in the late fifteen hundreds during the Elizabethan period. The play revolves around prominent paradoxical themes of love and hate. The play portrays the romance between Romeo and Juliet, the son and daughter of two feuding families living in Verona, both of very high status. The play also involves the theme of fate; this is initially shown in the prologue, "Two star-crossed lovers". The audience knows that Romeo and Juliet will meet, this is obvious purely from the title of the play, this helps build tension until it reaches a dramatic climax at the end of the scene. The audience at first expects Romeo to go after Rosaline and for Paris to be attempting to woo Juliet into marriage. This makes the audience more agitated and excited to find out when Romeo and Juliet will meet. The involvement of the serving men at the beginning of the scene begins to build the scene's dramatic effect. ...read more.

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"So shows a snowy dove" This is ironic because the audience already knows that this will end in tragedy from the prologue, "Take their life" A dove represents peace and this irony further dramatizes the scene. Alliteration is also used to bring attention to this line. The interruption of Tybalt, immediately talking of violence "Fetch me my rapier" has once again broken up the scene and has contrasted with Romeo's loving language. The alliteration of the's' sound Shakespeare has included in Tybalt's speech signifies the hissing of a snake and implying the evil behind this. It is also a very angry sound showing how annoyed Tybalt is at the appearance of Montagues at the Capulet party. Also, dramatic effect is increased by the paradoxical ways in which Tybalt and Capulet speak to each other. Capulet tries to promote peace when Tybalt can only talk of hate. Tybalt uses a lexus of negative words, "villain", "intrusion", "bitt'rest gall" This contrasts with Capulet's positive lexus, "content", "gentlemen", "patient", "respect". Also this sudden outburst of violence and negativity stuns the audience here, as previously there was only been happy and loving. ...read more.

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The highest point of tension within Romeo and Juliet's encounter is when Romeo and Juliet kiss after Romeo has said "Sin from my lips? O trespass sweetly urg'd!" which is the concluding line of the sonnet. The tension build is then completely disrupted by the interruption of the nurse, "Madam". This is dramatically effective because the audience had become completely involved in what was going on between Romeo and Juliet that they are completely taken aback when this loving atmosphere is so suddenly interrupted. The serious atmosphere which follows Romeo and Juliet's playful, flirtatious atmosphere is very paradoxical and this aids the tension build in this part of the scene. The fact Romeo and Juliet are so negatively affected about finding out that they are each from the other enemy's family shocks the audience, thus forcing them to acknowledge the severity of the situation. Juliet sums up the situation by saying, "My only love sprung from my only hate!" As "hate" is such a strong word this shocks the audience bringing what I consider to be the scene's highest point of tension and leaving the audience wondering what on earth will happen next. ...read more.

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