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How does Shakespeare create dramatic tension in Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet ?

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Weronika Walczak How does Shakespeare create dramatic tension in Act 1 Scene 5 of 'Romeo and Juliet' ? 'Romeo and Juliet' is a tragic love story about a pair of lovers. They are teenagers and they felt in love with each other but they didn't know that their families are enemies. The two families: Capulet and Montagues have been at odds with each other for decades. In my essay I will talk about dramatic tension that is created by Shakespeare in Act 1 Scene 5. I'll write about characters' mood changes, conflicts between them, things that foreshadow tragedy, how the audience would feel , language that Shakespeare used and imagery. In that piece of work I will also explain how each of these helps to create tension. The audience know about Romeo that he is from the Montagues family and he is 16-17 years old. He never thinking before he does sometning . He rushes into thing without thinking. They also know that he is very romantic young man. ...read more.


I also think the audience feels that they are on the edge, fearing the worst, but hoping for the best. Dramatic tension in lines 1-39, act 1 scene 5 is the discussion between Capulet and the second Capulet about Montague's son-Romeo. When Lord Capulet is listening to what the second Capulet is saying he is suprised. The reason this is dramatic is because the second Capulet is finding out that Romeo is not thirty as he thought, but he is under age. When Romeo saw Juliet first time he immediately falls in love with her. He is saying : ' So shows a snowy dove tropping with crows, as yonder lady o'er her fellows shows'. It means she is more beautiful than the other girls-like a dove among a load of crows. The way he talks about her is very romantic, he is amazed by Juliet. Tis behaviour creates dramatic tension. Tybalt recognizes Romeo by his voice. He is really angry at him and he wants to fight with him, but Lord Capulet stopped him because he knows it would look bad in front of the guests and it would also ruin the festivities. ...read more.


And then, Romeo and Juliet are finding out the truth about their identities. The nurse tells Romeo that Juliet is a Capulet. He is depressed. At the end of the partz Juliet finds her nurse and begs her to find out who Romeo is. The nurse returns and tells her that he is the only son of the Montaguey family. Juliet is heart broken. She says 'Prodigious birth of love it is to me, that I must love a loathed enemy'.This makes the scene more intriguing and dramatic. I think that Shakespeare has successfully made the scene dramatically effective because of the methods of writing that he used. I mean the way that he used irony as well as in Romeo and Juliet's first meeting he used a sonnet. I have to tell that It very impressed me. In my opinion it was the most romantic scene in 'Romeo and Juliet' and dramatic as well. Act 1 scene 5 is the part that everything begun. Romeo and Juliet meets and thez fall in love instantly. Then they found out that thez are enemies. From this moment the tragedy is started. Thez fell in love and there is no returning back. ...read more.

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