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How does Shakespeare create the different moods in Romeo and Juliet?

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Harriet Baker 10 Orange English How does Shakespeare create the different moods in Romeo and Juliet? Act 1 Scene 5 Introduction: This essay focuses on the moods and language used in this act. This helps to get a better understanding of what the play is really about. This scene opens with Capulet welcoming his guests to his home. With the great amount of guests he thinks this makes him more popular than Montague. Capulet is in a jolly mood; he makes jokes as he quickly introduces himself to everyone. He wants people to begin the festivities. "Welcome, gentlemen! Ladies that have toes unplagu'd with corns will walk a bout with you". He is making fun of the old women, to try and become more popular, with the younger ones. With these short sections of speech, you get the impression that he is speaking quickly because the way it is punctuated. ...read more.

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Tybalt finds this insulting, and that Capulet is not being himself. "Why, Uncle, 'tis a shame". Tybalt feels that he will have to keep his honour as a Capulet, and restrain himself until after the party. " I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall, now seeming sweet, convert to bitt'rest gall". In these lines, there is a strong opposite of words, which are describing the same thing. When Romeo and Juliet meet, and Romeo is shocked by her beauty. This exchange between Romeo and Juliet is a sonnet, a popular form of love poetry in Elizabethan times. A sonnet has fourteen lies and ten syllables in each line. The rhyme scheme is structured as follows: The first eight lines A-B-A-B-C-D-C-D. The following four lines E-F-E-F. The final couplet G-G. Shakespeare creates a sonnet for dramatic effect. It makes the audience or reader pay attention as the dialogue becomes more poetic and lyrical. ...read more.

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In this section Romeo talks to Juliet, saying what he would do for just one kiss. He is dressed as a pilgrim so every time the word pilgrim is mentioned they are referring to Romeo. This is the same as Juliet being holy (beautiful). Romeo gives many compliments. Romeo almost prays for a kiss from Juliet. Once Romeo and Juliet find out that they both come from apposing families, there moods change slightly, to worried, but they are still madly in love with each other, and are still a little overcome by their kiss to worry. They are madly in love, with each that they don't think it will matter who they are. In this scene the overall mood is happy, as the guests dance merrily to fine music. A lot of food and drink is being consumed meaning that everyone is full and jolly. Only Tybalt, who takes things is life quite literally, spoils the mood with his personal thoughts. 1 ...read more.

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