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How Does Shakespeare Create Excitement and Tension in Act One, Scene Five of Romeo and Juliet?

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How Does Shakespeare Create Excitement & Tension in Act One, Scene Five of Romeo and Juliet? In Act One, Scene Five, the masked ball scene, of Romeo and Juliet, a myriad of different moods and tensions are created through Shakespeare's use of characters and their interactions. He brings up emotions such as warmth, anger and romance and from this, opinions of the characters are created in the audience. His utilisation of techniques like dramatic irony and rhyming couplets causes the atmosphere to change, through the scene, from jubilance and frivolousness to romance and mystery. This becomes anger and tension and then returns to tender romance; which is eventually destroyed by the harsh voice of reason. Act One, Scene Five opens with a brief speech from Capulet in which he welcomes the people of Verona to his masked ball. On stage, Capulet's entry to the room, probably wearing bright, colourful clothes would create a dramatically effective visual contrast with his servants, dressed in drab kitchen clothes. This would help to characterise Capulet and show the audience the difference in social class. The jolliness of the party creates a strong contrast to the tension of the previous scene. ...read more.

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Perhaps he is in love with love itself, he desires the sensation of love but does not want to commit himself lest he loses the opportunity to experience the experience of love. The romantic mood does not last long. Tybalt, Capulet's nephew, recognises Romeo's voice and is infuriated by his audacity to come to a party held by his enemy. Tybalt is angered to such an extent that he swears to kill Romeo, "Now by the stock and honour of my kin, to strike him (Romeo) dead I hold it not a sin," Once again, Shakespeare uses rhyming couplets, but, rather than create a romantic atmosphere, it brings out Tybalt's anger and single mindedness. This line would immediately tell an audience about Tybalt's nature and how full of hate and anger he is. Tybalt's name alone gives the audience an impression of his character. Perhaps it is derived from the word, "Tyrant" suggesting that he wants to keep people under his control, or maybe "CoBalt," a cold and unyielding metal. Capulet notices Tybalt's anger and confronts him, first by telling him to simply allow Romeo to remain at the party peacefully and then by exercising his authority over him: "He shall be endured. Am I the master here, or you?" ...read more.

Conclusion

Foreshadowing is the dramatic device that Shakespeare has chosen to end this scene with. This scene is a prime example of Shakespeare's ability to create many and varied moods throughout his writing. He achieves these changes in atmosphere through his use of characters, and the lines he gives them, creating actions that can be viewed in a variety of different ways. In this scene, the atmosphere changes five times. It opens with an air of joviality and jolliness, created by Capulet's graciousness and familiarity, which changes briefly into romance and mytery, imposed by Romeo's hyperbolic sonnet about Juliet. This progresses into a feeling of anger and tension brought on by Tybalt's fury at Romeo's audacity and Tybalt's foreshadowing closing remark. The mood then returns to one of tenderness as Romeo and Juliet finally meet. This mood is derived from the joint sonnet that the two lovers share, full of religious imagery. The romantic ambience is soon dispelled by the arrival of the nurse, the practical reminder of the harsh reality that faces the smitten couple. The audience will have taken the prophetic remarks of Juliet, Tybalt and others into account and will already be fearing how the play is likely to end. ?? ?? ?? ?? Thomas Kader 10T ...read more.

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