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How does Shakespeare create an atmosphere of tension in Act 1 Scene 5?

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How does Shakespeare create an atmosphere of tension in Act 1 Scene 5? This scene explores many themes and emotions and encourages the audience to feel tension. This is also a significant scene in the play. There are several reasons for this being so, one of which is the first encounter of Romeo and Juliet and their realisation of their love towards each other. We also come to realise that Tybalt has hatred towards each and every one of the Montagues. Whilst reading or watching this play the audience must take into consideration what has happened previous to this scene and also how it will take impact on the rest of the play. An important moment that has taken place before this scene is that Romeo ha comes to realise that his love Rosaline has told him that she does not love him. This fact also sets emotion to the play as the audience will feel sorry for Romeo since he has lost his love. Previous to this scene the audience learn that Juliet has been made to marry Paris. By this stage before the scene Shakespeare has also introduced a feud between two families, the Capulets and the Montagues. Before the scene commences the audience already have a sense of foreboding. ...read more.

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Romeo language shows that he is completely captivated by the beauty of Juliet. At this point within this scene the images that should be captured with your head should illustrate bright colours and a peaceful "snowy doves", which stand out from a group of black "trooping crows", as they symbolise darkness. Whilst Romeo describes Juliet to be a "too rich to be used", Tybalt rudely interrupts Romeo's soliloquy. This has a major significance to the atmosphere to the scene. The interruption symbolises that their relationship will face many obstacles and the person that will always come between their loves will be Tybalt. This interruption also has an importance in the atmosphere of this scene; the atmosphere changes from being romantic to a heated scene. This anger that is portrayed through Tybalt's language, using insulting terms like "slave" and villain". This interruption will allow the audience to feel tension of murder and the conflict between the two families and what fate will this have for the two young lovers. This tension rises due to the presence of Capulet. This is accomplished by the description of Romeo that is given by Capulet "a well governed youth", thus raising the image of Romeo in the audiences' eyes. The presence of Capulet also lowers the image of Tybalt in the view of the audience; this is accomplished by Capulet by deliberately humiliating by explaining to Tybalt that his position is "goodman boy". ...read more.

Conclusion

"To early seen... I love a loathed enemy". Shakespeare has created this scene with many exciting moments that display a range of emotions. The scene begins with humour, laughter and this happy party atmosphere. Capulet is the main source to these joyful few moments by commenting on the women that shall not dance. The colourful atmosphere that has already bean created is then transformed into romance through Romeos initial sighting of the first real love of his life. This then leads to a sighting that brings darkness through the egotistic cousin Tybalt. Tybalt has introduced anger to the scene. He carries extreme rage toward the other family. Capulet intervenes and gives Tybalt his marching orders and settles the scene down where the romance shall spur again through a sonnet. Sadness is then evident as the realisation of identities creates heartbroken and dismayed feelings for both the young lovers. Through all these up and downs the audience can feel involved and feel the tension. This plays shocks the modern society as in this day and age we have yet to encounter two families that crave the others blood to this extreme. The situation of a young girl does not affect the audience that much as this age gap that they face is a normal occurrence but the age that they are facing is unusual as at they age that they are in they should enjoy themselves. Rikesh SHAH 11J- SHAKESPEARE - ROMEO AND Juliet ...read more.

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