• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
Page
  1. 1
    1
  2. 2
    2
  3. 3
    3
  4. 4
    4
  5. 5
    5
  6. 6
    6
  7. 7
    7
  8. 8
    8
  9. 9
    9
  10. 10
    10
  11. 11
    11
  12. 12
    12
  13. 13
    13

How does Shakespeare create interest and tension for his audience in Act 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet'?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Romeo and Juliet How does Shakespeare create interest and tension for his audience in Act 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet'? William Shakespeare was a famous and successful play writer who lived in the Elizabethan times. Some of his most memorable and famous plays were Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Twelth Night and Hamlet. He was successful because he was able to entertain a whole range of people from groundlings to royalty. He used a technique that would grab the attention of anyone, his dialogue. He would use different genres like comedy, romance, action and violence, so it would appeal to all ages and genders. Often he would add a rude joke to lighten things up. In the Elizabethan era it was not known for theatres such as the Globe and Rose to use scenery, props and costumes. In most plays the audience would not know where the scene was set, the time or the weather, but Shakespeare would describe all of these things in the dialogue. The audience could visualise the surroundings of the actors better with this technique. Humour was one of the main genres which contributed in grabbing the audience's attention. Shakespeare uses humour before the fighting because he wants to show the audience how the two enemies provoke each other before the violence starts. This is effective because Sampson and Gregory have an exchange of harsh and rude jokes, the audience now knows that there is going to be fighting but yet are amused. At the start of Act 1 Scene 1 Sampson and Gregory start the scene off with humour. Sampson and Gregory start an argument over a simple misunderstanding. Sampson says 'Gregory, on my word, we'll not carry coals'. Gregory takes what Sampson says the wrong way and replies with 'No for then we should be colliers' this is the misunderstanding between the friends which starts of controversy. The character who brings laughter and entertainment is the nurse, her characteristics are big and bold.The Nurse is a very important character in the play of Romeo and Juliet as she is the surrogate mother to Juliet. ...read more.

Middle

Tybalt notices that Romeo is a Montague and has interest in Juliet, maybe Tybalt's wife-to-be. He grows angry and immediately wants to fight Romeo. He runs to old Capulet and expresses his anger about the trespassing Montague (Romeo), he wants to take action but old Capulet restrains him, calms him down then tells him not to start a fight. This shows how protective Tybalt is about Juliet and if he has this sort of reaction when seeing Romeo just look at Juliet then what might if they were to fall in love the audience might ask themselves. In Act 1 Scene 2 lord Capulet protects his only daughter, Juliet from an early marriage with Paris. Paris asks Capulet for his daughters hand in marriage, but Capulet refuses because he thinks Juliet should have a say in who she marries. Capulet then tells him he should hope for Juliet's love. Capulet tells Paris ' My child is yet a stranger in the world, She hath not seen the change of fourteen years; let two more summers wither in their pride. Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.' Capulet shows the problem then gives a solution to Paris. He first tells him that she is still young at 13 years old and she is a stranger to the world meaning she is not mature yet. He then tells him he should wait another two years and then she will be at the right age. He refers to her being 'ripe' as a fruit would be. This shows that Capulet is protective of his daughter and truly does care for her. For time and era it was unusual for the parents of a girl to give her a say in who she marries, so this would gain the attention of the audience. In Act 1 Scene 3 the audience meets Lady Capulet for the first time, but also accompanied by Juliet and the Nurse. ...read more.

Conclusion

This kind of caring and calm talk softens up the audience and they realise that the nurse is not just a servant to Juliet but also a friend who she can talk to. Shakespeare creates poetic language when Mercutio is carried away by his speech of 'Queen Mab'. Here Mercutio's energetic imagination is used to create a great speech. After talking about Queen Mab he starts to talk about ambushing the enemy, it hasn't got any relevance but he speaks in way that is very poetic and interesting. This grabs the attention of the audience. When Romeo and Juliet first meet at the ball they have a small conversation which forms a sonnet. This grabs the attention of the audience as the sonnet is made by two people who have just met; this is very romantic as they have only just met. Shakespeare is hinting here that it could be the start of a relationship. Sonnets were very popular in the 16th century and they were famously known for being used when talking about love. The sonnet is made up by both Romeo and Juliet; this shows that they are thinking almost the same thing, the love of each other. This is effective as the audience can see that the two lovers are so into each other it will be hard to break them apart. In Act 1 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare has used a number of techniques to capture the audiences attention. He has used a number of genres including Comedy, Violence and Action and Romance and Sex to grab the audience's attention and to make it appealing to different types of people from groundlings to Royalty. The variety of characters would add more interest as each character was unique. Dialogue and poetic language make it more appealing and creates tension and suspense. Tybalt was aggressive and was a famous swordfighter; this would give tension as the audience would know with Tybalt's temper a fight would start. Overall Shakespeare has created interest and tension for his audience of Act 1 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. Free essay

    Shakespeare portrays contrasting glimpses of Lord Capulet in his play Romeo and Juliet. Examine ...

    I've learnt that Capulet's childish outbursts and violent tendencies derived from a deeper source - the fact that he was not contented with himself - there was a void within him. It seems that during Capulet's time, lives were plagued with suppression and restriction.

  2. Discuss the different types of love shown in romeo and juliet.

    Mercutio is one of the funniest and most likeable character in the whole play. Mercutio is always bursting with energy and is always making jokes and teasing people. A lot of what Mercutio says are based on crazy ideas and stories and he uses plenty of wordplay and puns.

  1. How does Shakespeare create tension in act 1 scene I of Romeo and Juliet?

    The theatres in Shakespeare's time weren't comfortable like the cinemas we have today. The fact that the theatre was open aired like the globe made the audience restless. The audience had to sit on wooden stools. This would eventually start getting uncomfortable and would divert the audience's attention, and so

  2. How does Shakespeare Create Dramatic tension in Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and ...

    In his opinion he is not worthy to kiss her hand. He uses the superlative 'unworthiest' to show how inferior he feels to Juliet. He refers to her hand a 'holy shrine' and describes his lips as 'two blushing pilgrims'.

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

    Tension is very high here as Juliet is a lovable character and her innocence has led her to believe that Romeo is an invited guest to the party, the audience wait for the moment she discovers he is a Montague but do not want it to happen as she will

  2. Explore the ways in which Shakespeare creates dramatic tension and interest in Act 1

    This foreshadows the larger fight that occurs between the Capulets and Montagues and also shows that the enmity between the two families is very strong as even the servants are involved. Lines such as this one would be used to draw the attention of lower class members of the audience

  1. Romeo and Juliet VERY FULL OVERVIEW

    Due to the love that develops between them, the feud between their two families and their actions, they mature and reach a stage upon which they have become independent individuals, taking their own decisions. The extraordinary about their maturation is the short time period in which it takes place, from

  2. Romeo and Juliet - What different types of love are represented in the play, ...

    / The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand, / And touch hers, make blessed my rude hand. / Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! / For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night" (Act 1 Scene 5 Lines 43-52).

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work