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How Does Shakespeare Get The Audience Involved In Act 1 Scene 5 Of Romeo And Juliet?

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How Does Shakespeare Get The Audience Involved In Act 1 Scene 5 Of Romeo And Juliet? William Shakespeare was an Elizabethan play writer. He expressed feelings of character's emotions and thoughts in extraordinary ways so it would feel as if you knew the characters. It was features like this that helped him to become the greatest playwright of all time. Shakespeare's text is not plain and simple English, as it would be today, but a delightful poetry which could express the feelings of characters in a much greater way and would make the audience feel they were part of the play aswell. Before Shakespeare wrote this performance his plays were usually comical or were just read out by a narrator so it was unusual for an audience to view a play like this, however, he won the audience over with his ability to produce outstanding theatrical plays. The play was first introduced on stage in 1597 after he had modified and turned a poem into a play. The poem was titled 'The Tragical History Of Romeous And Juliet' which was wrote by a poet called Arthur Brooke in 1562. Shakespeare changed the poem, which was a nine-month love story, into a five-day romantic, dramatically eventful, misfortune and meaningful relationship. Shakespeare modified the original title so it just displayed the names of the characters, 'Romeo and Juliet' although Romeous had been altered to Romeo. "Romeo and Juliet" is one of the most famous plays ever written and it revolves around fate. It is a story of two young lovers who are united by love but divided by their families. All of the events, which occur within the story, are a result of fate or destiny. ...read more.


They talk to one another combining a sonnet (poem of 10 syllables and 14 lines) and this makes the audience feel the bond between Romeo and Juliet. Their meeting is only brief as they get interrupted by the Nurse (carer of Juliet) because her 'mother craves a word.' As Juliet leaves to speak with her mother Romeo asks the nurse who the mother is. She replies, "Her mother is the lady of the house", so Romeo found out that his real love is an enemy to him. The audience now found out how unfortunate and hopeless their love is as they will not be able to declare it because it would never be allowed. Tybalt is another main character in the play and is the Lady Capulet's nephew. So far in the play we found out that Tybalt is a very angry and aggressive person. He expresses his anger in a public fight between the Montague's in Act 1 scene 1 of the play. In the banquet scene, Tybalt becomes aware of the Romeo's presence "by his voice" and becomes greatly infuriated. He believes that their presence at the Capulet's own banquet is outrageous and outstandingly offensive. He also believes that sneaking through in a comic mask or "antic face" makes Romeo think that the Capulet's are fools and they won't find out about him. Tybalt asks his servant to fetch his rapier (sword) and say's, "now by the stock and the honour of my kin, to strike him dead and hold to a sin", meaning by the honour of his family he will kill Romeo, but will consider it to not be a sin. ...read more.


When the couple meet and dance it's almost as if the people around them disappear because they are in a world of love and all of the concerns they have are left behind in the real world. When the audience see the interaction of the lovers they want to forget the worries aswell as this love seems so special. This meeting shows us that the couple are so happy they wouldn't want to dream because reality is better. This builds up the shock for the audience when Romeo and Juliet find that they are enemies, making them feel the opposite way and wanting to be dreaming all the time as in reality they couldn't be together. The aspects I have written about show that the language, emotion and doomed future of the "star-cross'd" lovers get the audience involved in act 1 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet. Audiences' love romantic scenes so when Romeo and Juliet first meet and instantly fall in love the audience are drawn into the emotion and want to be part of the play. The lovers use romantic language in the play and this also helps to get the audience involved. In conclusion the relationship conflict is the main compelling aspect as their love to one another is a dramatic irony and this gets the audience involved as they want to know what happens to the lovers. The dramatic irony in this scene is the fact that Romeo and Juliet fall in love not knowing they are mortal enemies. This scene makes the audience feel very sympathetic for the two lovers as they have just expressed an extreme happiness and passion for each other and then to find out that they are enemies by name making their relationship not possible to reveal. Jonny Green ...read more.

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