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How does Shakespeare make Act 1, Scene 5 dramatically effective?

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Romeo and Juliet How does Shakespeare make Act 1, Scene 5 dramatically effective? In this essay I will explain how Act 1, Scene 5 is dramatically effective. Act 1, Scene 5 is the most important scene in the play because it is the scene where Romeo and Juliet first meet. This play is essentially about two families that are enemies, The Capulet's and the Montague's, Juliet is the daughter of Capulet and Romeo son of Montague during the play they fall in love. Right from the beginning the prologue tells us this play is a tragedy. We also know Act 1, Scene 5 is dramatically effective because we are told when Romeo and Juliet meet they will become: 'Star crossed lovers' We know it is doomed love because it also says: 'Take their life' 'Death-marked love' The drama is built up before Romeo and Juliet meet. Romeo is keeping to himself and prefers night to day. He is already in love with someone else. Rosaline but she doesn't feel the same. It is shown in this quotation: 'Well in hit you miss: She'll not be hit with cupid's arrow' The audience is told that Paris wants to marry Juliet but her father disagrees because he feels she is too young, however he invites Paris to the party to win Juliet's heart. ...read more.

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Enter [CAPULET, LADY CAPULET, JULIET, TYBALT and his PAGE, NURSE, and] all the GUESTS and GENTLEMEN to the maskers. Then enter the Capulet with his guests, everyone is on stage at once dressed in expensive and unique clothes. This is a contrast from the servants this is dramatically effective in itself. The Capulet's and guests talk in iambic pentameter, which also makes it, more effective. The music starts and they begin to dance this is a theatrical spectacle. The drama is built up again as the audience wait for Romeo and Juliet to meet. Finally Romeo has seen Juliet it is made dramatic when he uses poetic language. He complements her by using a simile: 'As a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear.' As the audience know, Romeo went to the party originally to see Rosaline but he has forgotten about her. You know this when he says: 'Did my heart love till now?' He also uses a comparison to describe Juliet: 'Snowy dove tropping among crows.' Romeo is explaining how her beauty stands out among the crowd. He admits he loves Juliet already. Tybalt recognises Romeo's voice. ...read more.

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The audience see both reactions of when they find out each other's families. At the end of the scene there is a contrast on stage as only the nurse and Juliet are left, when the other party guests leave, and this is dramatic because the audience are waiting for Juliet to find out that Romeo's a Montague. The drama starts as Juliet asks the name of two other men before asking for Romeo's. The audience feel they are being played by this story unfolding, and are very effective dramatically. There is dramatic irony as the nurse goes to find out Romeo's name Juliet says: 'If he be married.' The audience know that love can lead to marriage and that can consequence in death for Juliet. Juliet has a dramatic reaction when she finds out Romeo is a Montague: 'My only love sprung form my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late!' Juliet has fallen in love with Romeo an enemy of her father. There is Dramatic irony that underlines the dramatic effect of the whole scene. In this essay I have clearly shown the different ways in which Shakespeare has made Act 1, Scene 5 dramatically effective throughout the play. ...read more.

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