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How does Shakespeare Create Dramatic tension in Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet?

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How does Shakespeare Create Dramatic tension in Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet? In Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare uses a lot of Dramatic Irony to create tense moments for the audience. Much of the tension arises from the fact that the audience are aware of what is going to happen in the play, from the prologue where it says; "..A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life.. " This is a important line in the prologue as it already tells the audience that Romeo and Juliet are going to end up dying eventually. The play creates tension that the audience feel and experience. Shakespeare appears to be taking the audience on an emotional rollercoaster so they can really feel and understand the love shared between the two main characters. A lot of tension is created in this scene from the characters' opposing personalities and family rivalries. At the beginning of Act 1 Scene 5 Shakespeare uses comic relief to please the audience again after the dramatic tension created at the end of Act 1 scene 4. At the end of Act 1 scene four Shakespeare informs us that Romeo and his friends are going to the Capulet ball. However Tension arises dramatically as Romeo says: "I fear, too early for my mind misgives some consequence yet hanging in the stars ...read more.

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This is as an Ethiop was known to have dark skin and a jewel against their ear would stand out drastically, therefore saying Juliet is standing out at this party. In line 47 Shakespeare continues to use dramatic irony but to a further extent. He writes " So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows ..." Here Shakespeare has used a metaphor to say that Romeo find Juliet so attractive and no one else in the room is as attractive as her. The tension mounts as you look further into the line and see Shakespeare has used dramatic irony to refer back to the prologue again. The word 'dove' symbolises peace, and by Romeo and Juliet finally dying together dying together it brings peace to their families as it said in the Prologue. As Romeo finishes proclaiming is attraction for Juliet, Tybalt Juliet's cousin is near by and recognises Romeos voice. Tybalt is furious knowing Romeo had to have sneaked in to the party and wants to kill him so he learns his lesson. Tybalt immediately runs off to report to Capulet. He says "Uncle, this Montague, our foe: / a villain that is hither in spite, to scorn at our solemnity this night." By Tybalt using the word 'solemnity' to describe the Capulet party it shows he is exaggerating, to try and make Romeo seem worse than he really is. ...read more.

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It appears that the Nurse is reminding the audience of who Romeo is and why it is a necessity why the two can not love each other. Juliet reacts in the same way Romeo does and says "My only love sprung from my only hate" Juliet is telling the audience that the only person she loves was brought into this world by the only people she hates. It again leaves the audience questioning how the relationship manages to carry on and for them to fall deeper in love. As the scene comes to an end, the audience are wondering what is going to become of the two lovers, and it is interesting to think if Shakespeare is going to use the tension in this scene and carry it on into the next or use comic relief like he did at the beginning of this scene. During the play, Shakespeare has created Dramatic tension in many interesting ways. The main dramatic tension is the anticipation of the audience waiting to see how Romeo and Juliet will meet and what will occur when they find out they are enemies. From the dramatic tension built up, Shakespeare shows us how important this scene is as it is when Romeo and Juliet's star-crossed fate went into action. ?? ?? ?? ?? Zoe-Alexandra Oparah 11.4 ...read more.

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