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How does Shakespeare create a changing atmosphere In act 1 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet?

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How does Shakespeare create a changing atmosphere In act 1 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet? In the play, "Romeo and Juliet" Shakespeare creates a changing atmosphere in act 1 scene 5 by using a variety of techniques. The play was written by Shakespeare in the 16th century. It is set in 15th century Verona, in Italy. The story is about two feuding families in Verona; the Capulets, and the Montagues. Among the Montagues is Romeo, Juliet is a Capulet. They meet for the first time at Flugencio Capulets' party and unexpectedly fall in love. The feud between the two families prevents them from possibly being together, so Juliet takes a potion made by a friendly priest which causes her to appear dead for three days. Unfortunately, and by chance, the word about the potion isn't passed on to Romeo. He assumes she's died, goes straight to her tomb and poisons himself. He dies, and then Juliet wakes up. She sees his dead body and, stricken with grief and shock, stabs herself to death with his dagger. A lesson is taught to the 2 families about what is important in life. The main themes are love - Romeo and Juliet becoming lovers - feuds - the two families have regular feuds against each other and are very protective of each other - fate - ...read more.


Shakespeare uses imagery, contrast, metaphors, (when he says, "so shows a snowy dove trooping with crows" he is suggesting that she is a pure, white dove, next to the black crows. He uses contrast here too. All the way through he uses imagery, "as a rich jewel in an ethiops ear".), and similes, for example, "as a rich jewel in an ethiops ear" here, he is using a simile to show how precious, beautiful and perfect she is. He uses these to describe her beauty. He thinks he has fallen in love, and compares her to the contrast between, "a snowy dove trooping with crows" because a dove is white, pure and beautiful (this is Juliet) and crows are dark, dull and linked with death.(everyone else compared to her). He also compares her to the contrast between a rich jewel in an ethiops ear. An ethiop is a black African, so it is dark, black whereas a rich jewel would be sparkling, bright and worth a lot. Both of these comparisons are suggesting she stands out and they are both hyperbole, which means contrasting good and bad, and exaggerating on the descriptions. Romeo also says, "She doth teach torches to burn bright" He is saying she is bright, but instead of just saying she is bright as a flame, he says she actually teaches the torches to burn bright. ...read more.


This romantic atmosphere is interrupted by the nurse "madam your mother craves a word" because Juliet's mother has sent the nurse to talk to Juliet, and send her to her mother. Romeo finds out from the nurse that Juliet is a Capulet. At this point Romeo says something which gives a hint about what will happen later in the play "my life is my foes debt" This means that, whoever his foe is, he should allow him to kill him. When they share their first kiss, they are feeling romantic and happy. But, by the time they find they find out who one another are, they are upset and shocked that they are from opposing families. "My grave is like to be my wedding bed" This is the first time Juliet speaks sombrely, imagining death to be her bridegroom. "My only love sprung from my only hate!" Juliet's lines contain examples of the oppositions, which run through the play: love/hate, early/late, unknown/known, and loved/loathed. The sudden sadness and thoughts of death are important to the play because they are another example of changing atmosphere. In conclusion, Shakespeare used many techniques to create a changing atmosphere in Romeo and Juliet. I like Romeo and Juliet because of the good use of language, and the plot is involving. This scene has an important role in the play. It is the time that Romeo and Juliet meet. ...read more.

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