• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does Shakespeare focus our attention on Romeo and Juliet in Act 1 scene 5

Extracts from this document...


How does Shakespeare focus our attention on Romeo and Juliet in Act 1 scene 5 This scene is set at a party hosted by Lord Capulet. Romeo and his friends sneak into the party, but because it is a masked party they are not recognised. Tybalt, however, hears Romeo's voice and realises who it is. He complains to Lord Capulet, who orders Tybalt to let the subject drop because he has heard that Romeo is a very respectable youth, but also because he does not wish to appear to be inhospitable in his own home. Tybalt complies, but swears revenge. This is also the scene where Romeo first sees and then meets Juliet. This is the main event of the scene, and one of the most important events of the play, because it sets up the rest of the story. In this essay I will discuss how Shakespeare uses language to contrast his characters and bring emphasis on the more important characters and events. I will also discuss the way I would direct this play and organise the stage design. To help with this I will refer to the Baz Luhrman and Franco Zeffirelli films, although I do appreciate the important difference between a film and a play. ...read more.


Utterly furious at Romeo for daring to come he calls for his sword, in a way not dissimilar to Act 1 Scene 1, with the firm intention of starting a fight with Romeo. This goes further to show Tybalt's violent and easily roused temper, already demonstrated at the beginning of the play. At this point Lord Capulet enters on Tybalt's anger, and shows himself to be a calmer and more level headed person than his Nephew. He says that by reputation Romeo is "a virtuous and well-governed youth", by which he intends to placate Tybalt. When Tybalt continues to argue with Lord Capulet, Lord Capulet also loses his temper which, though better controlled, is just as violent as Tybalts. As with Tybalt, this is reminiscent of when he calls "my long sword" in Act 1 Scene 1. The Luhrman production shows this scene as a fancy dress party, and Tybalt is dressed as a devil to suggest at his malevolent nature. Unlike the films I would not have Tybalt in the dance room when he recognises Romeo, but rather have him entering the scene behind Romeo as Romeo is talking. Then Lord Capulet can detach himself from the dance floor to interrupt Tybalt. ...read more.


Part way through the scene Tybalt swears revenge on Romeo for entering the party. His line "This intrusion shall/ Now seeming sweet, convert to bitt'rest gall", Act 1 Scene 5 lines 89/90 is intended as a prediction of what he will do to Romeo. However, it is an inadvertent prediction of what will happen to all who are involved in these events. Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio and Tybalt himself will all end up dead as a direct result of the events which took place that night, and the families of the deceased are all touched deeply by their deaths. When Romeo and Juliet first meet, there is a childlike happiness and naivety to their meeting. This shows in part exactly how young and inexperienced their characters are. This scene ends with Romeo and Juliet both in despair, because they have both belatedly realised who the other is. This despair is felt because they think that they may never be able to be with one another. Although this feeling is alleviated over the next few scenes when the couple marry, it mirrors the end of the play when the couple kill themselves because they both think that the other is dead and therefore they are unable to be together. ...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. Romeo and Juliet theatre production essay.

    thrilling atmosphere inside the Globe Theatre as the spectators would be aware of what was going on and could therefore participate with the drama and would in turn enjoy the scene more. I have chosen this scene which evolves around Mercutio and Tybalt being killed in swordfights and Romeo being

  2. If you were directing Romeo and Juliet, Act 1 scene 5, what would you ...

    This is shown to be contrived as Juliet is the daughter of the master of the house and any Serving man would surely know who she is. Romeo's question at this point as it shows he is present at the scene, as never before in the scene has he been mentioned.

  1. In this essay I will be writing about how I would direct Shakespeares play ...

    If I were to use their original ages then it would be viewed as unacceptable in today's society and also unbelievable in a modern situation. We know that 'Romeo and Juliet' was created as a play because it is all written in dialogue with stage directions.

  2. How Would You Direct Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo And Juliet For The ...

    The floor is made out of marble and light colours. The drawers are metallic and there is cutlery hanging off the gas that is in the center of the kitchen. Actors - the head servingman is David Boreanaz who stars as Angel in the TV series angel.

  1. Romeo and Juliet - In what way does Baz Luhrman make Act 1 scene ...

    this because of how Juliet's father acted when she told him she did not want to marry Paris. Shakespeare and Luhrman both used rules made by the Prince, which stated that if either of the families fight again the person who started the fight would be killed.

  2. How effectively does Baz Lurhmann present the text of Romeo and Juliet paying particular ...

    The first thing you notice about this scene is how tacky Juliet's mother looks in her dress. It looks tacky because it pushes up her boobs and she looks really fake, the director dresses this actress in this way so then Romeo and Juliet stand out more and it gives

  1. In what way has Shakespeare made act 1 scene 5 an important turning point ...

    This is all because of the brief encounter they had at Capulet's mansion. As well as letting the audience come to their own conclusions about the characters, the director should try to underline major things about the characters which are important.

  2. How and in what way does Shakespeare present the theme of love in act ...

    The love the friar gives to Romeo and the nurse to Juliet is parental love, they care for the children as if there were their own. Lord Capulet and wife see love merely as a financial transaction to secure and retain wealth (they arrange a marriage for Juliet with the

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