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How does Shakespeare create atmosphere in act 1 scene 5

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How does Shakespeare create atmosphere in act 1 scene 5 Act 1 scene 5 of 'Romeo and Juliet' is a pivotal scene in the play. The audience are exited because they are eagerly awaiting the meeting of the two young lovers, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. In addition the audience is enthusiastic to see how the relationship will develop. The love story aspect of the play appeals to all ages especially the romantic type, whilst the feud between the two families fuels the excitement in the play for people who like action. The audience are aware of the hostility between the Montagues, the Capulets and recent brawls: 'Three civil brawls, bread on airy word' This also adds further tension and a sense of doom to the scene. A recent fight in the square started by servants that were encouraged by Tybalt, creates and confirms the situation to be volatile. Also the prince has issued a death sentence on anyone who breaks the peace: 'Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace' This adds a dangerous and dark atmosphere to the scene. Lord Capulet is called on privately by the prince and is asked to make sure his household restrains from breaking the peace. This volatile atmosphere creates a sense of tension in the audience because this situation will certainly create difficulties for the young lovers as their relationship develops as they are representatives from warring households. ...read more.

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And turn the tables up, and quench the fire, the room is going to hot' Elizabethan props would have been metonymic and portable, hence the removal of the table and the quenching of the fire. Indicate an increase in activity and a change of mood. Lord Capulet expects every one to dance and enjoy the party atmosphere. Also, of significance is the effect of lighting. Early in the scene the stage is dark indicating danger, but as shown here, Lord Capulet calls for more lights indicating nightfall as well as enlightening of the mood, therefore enhancing the gaiety of the party scene. As the masquers enter the mood of the scene once again changes, generating a sense of secrecy and tension with in the scene. Will the masquers be discovered? Equally as important within this scene is the appearance of dancing, singing and music. Musical instruments such as lutes were used in Elizabethan times to indicate the drastic change of mood within a play, and in act 1 scene 5 the influence of music enhances the romantic mood and meeting of Romeo and Juliet. In lines 1 - 15 Shakespeare creates a slightly humours mood by using servants, dashing across the stage, looking busy, to enhance the mood. Shakespeare also uses minor characters such as servants, cleaners and guards to divert the attention of the audience away from the main characters and create a sense of anticipation. ...read more.

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Tybalt has spotted Romeo and goes strait to Lord Capulet to inform him of the insult, Tybalt talks about Romeo calling him 'a villain', 'a slave' this creates tension and the audience become fearful for Romeo and his party with Tybalt's aggressive language, 'Fetch me my rapier' highlighting the tension even further. Tybalt uses derogatory terms like 'slave' and 'villain' this shows Tybalt's anger and rage towards Romeo and the presence of Montagues in the ball. Tybalt sees the worst and assumes that Romeo is there to start trouble: 'To fleer and scorn at out solemnity' This shows that Tybalt is determined to inflict harm upon Romeo and his party. Lord Capulet attempts to calm Tybalt down using placid language: 'Content thee, gentle coz' Lord Capulet speaks generously of Romeo and raises Romeo in the eyes of the audience. Capulet then uses more influential language that shows his determination to keep the peace and does not want to blemish the ball. Tension, the audience is riveted to see if Tybalt will obey: 'I'll not endure him' Capulet balances his role of a genial host whilst reprimanding Tybalt. In lines 92 - 100 Romeo and Juliet meet again. They speak in sonnet form, which emphasises and articulates their devotion for each other. At this stage of the scene Romeo puts Juliet an a pedestal by using religious imagery. He describes his lips as 'two blushing pilgrims'. ...read more.

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