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How does Shakespeare create a variety of dramatic moods in Act one, scene five of 'Romeo and Juliet'

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How does Shakespeare create a variety of dramatic moods in Act one, scene five of 'Romeo and Juliet'? One of the most well known plays ever to be written is 'Romeo and Juliet'. William Shakespeare's play originated from the poem, by Arthur Brooke, 'The Tragic Historye of Romeus and Juliet' which was published in 1562. This play, by Shakespeare, was first performed at the Globe Theatre. This was in the Renaissance period, an important time because people started to disbelieve in God and believe the scientific way of how the world was made. It was also a flourishing of artistic expression. In the build up to AOSF Romeo has lost the love of his life, Rosaline, therefore is quite upset. Lord Capulet is very persistent in getting his daughter, Juliet, to marry Paris. Meanwhile cousins of the families have a sword fight. This is important because this is the first time the audience see that the two families don't like each other. Shakespeare creates a variety of dramatic moods in Romeo and Juliet by making the characters express their mood changes, in the play, the audience can clearly see now a dramatic mood is created by characters behaviour towards each other. From having sudden mood changes within different characters it makes it more obvious to the audience how the characters are feeling. ...read more.


Tybalt is a very strong character and doesn't abide by the rules so when Lord Capulet says: "Show a fair presence and put off these frowns" Meaning, behave well and stop being sad, Lord Capulet knows Tybalt won't behave well as he knows his personality and that he truly hates the Montague's. When Lord Capulet says: "I'll make you quiet!" He means I'll hit you, in a threatening tone, to stop you from fighting. The audience can tell this is in a threatening tone because it is then followed by a cheery conversation with the dancers. Compared to Lord Capulet's behaviour at the beginning of the party it is very different to now. At this point the mood is very definite in a way that the audience can see that Lord Capulet is mad. Capulet uses lots of expression in what he says: "Am I the master here? Or you? Go to! You'll not endure him" This shows that he is getting worked up about Tybalt and is going to stick by what he says; Tybalt will be good. Capulet also uses insults towards Tybalt: "What, Goodman boy?" This is to make Tybalt feel small and show Lord Capulet have more power, by insulting him Tybalt feels more vulnerable and abide by his father. ...read more.


As you can see from the happiness in Lord Capulet and then the pure anger in Tybalt a large proportion of dramatic moods is created. Within the language used, Shakespeare uses a lot of punctuation to emphasise the dramatic mood. So the language and its conventions are used to support the drama going on. For example at the beginning of the play, where the servants are seen to be moving around quickly. One of the ways the characters know what to do is by fellow actors instructing them in their speech. "Come musicians, play!" Consequently, characters give each other stage direction in what they say so they know what to do and where to go. These are called imperative verbs. They make someone do something. For example: "Go ask his name" The characters are gradually developed so that you see more and more of them until you finally see the whole side of them. A perfect example of this behaviour is seen in Lord Capulet; he is happy at the beginning of the party and is having great pleasure however when he gets in the aggressive conversation with Tybalt you see how he really is. The dramatic irony includes the audience because they already know what is happening before the characters do. This leads to a sense of inevitability in the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sam James 11 CRO 11.1.4 ...read more.

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