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

How Does Shakespeare make Act 1 Scene 5 interesting and tense for the audience?

Extracts from this document...


Alex McAllister How Does Shakespeare make Act 1 Scene 5 interesting and tense for the audience? In this essay I will be writing about the intensity of act 1 scene 5 of the famous tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet' and how it has parallel links to previous scenes in the play. Act 1 scene 5 is a critical scene because it is the first time Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love at the Capulet's ball. In the scene the audience forget what was said in the prologue as they are captured in the moment of the 'star crossed lovers' first meeting. The audience know that they are destined to die 'A pair of star crossed lovers take their life'. This gives a sense of dramatic tension. However as the audience are so engrossed in the love they share on their first meeting that they believe Romeo and Juliet will live the life of happiness. As the audience watch this scene they ask themselves will they risk meeting each other again as they are from opposing families, is it really true love or fatal attraction? ...read more.


It shows importance as it is written in the form of a sonnet. A sonnet being a fourteen lined poetic piece of writing associated with love or death which ends with a rhyming couplet to conclude it. They were often used in the Elizabethan era. The main features of the sonnet spoken by Romeo and Juliet are religion, hands and lips. Shakespeare uses poetical and elevating language. Romeo refers to Juliet as a 'holy shrine' showing that he worships her. As religion was extremely important in the Elizabethan period. 'This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this' Juliet responds to Romeo's attempts of seduction in a coy and shy way 'Ay pilgrim, lips they must be used in prayer' Juliet's words also refer to religion. Hands touch together while praying and Romeo wants to let lips do what hands do. 'Juliet: Saints do not move, though grant for prayers' sake, Romeo: Then move not while my prayer's effect I take,' Alex McAllister A rhyming couplet shows a conclusion, after these words Romeo and Juliet kiss. This is a passionate moment for the audience as they share there first kiss. Romeo asks that they kiss again. ...read more.


How can Romeo possibly be a Montague? As Romeo and Juliet now know that they are from rival families the audience would hope that they would not pursue their relationship, because of it. The scene ends with a sense of foreboding; the lovers are doomed to die. Tension and suspense is built up in the scene because of a time factor, when will Romeo and Juliet meet again? Will they risk losing their lives over love? Act 1 scene 5 is a crucial part of the play as it is Romeo and Juliet's first meeting. Shakespeare captures the audience by using dramatic irony. The audience know that Romeo and Juliet are destined to fall in love and die for love from the prologue. When Romeo and Juliet first meet Shakespeare uses elevating language by using a sonnet, which shows importance. Their time to be together is running out, and it's because of this time factor that the tension is high, as the audience do not know when the lovers shall meet again. The next time they meet could be there last, and it's this that causes tension for the audience. ...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. Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 3 Scene 1 - How Does Shakespeare Make ...

    Tybalt wants to defend his family and feels what Romeo has done is unacceptable. This also underlines the danger Romeo is in as he is falling in love with Juliet. Tybalt is an angry person and doesn't forgive people, "I will withdraw; but this intrusion shall now seeming sweet convert to bitterest gall."

  2. Why is Act 3 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet dramatic and tense?

    Juliet to let him go, "I must be gone and live, or stay and die." This suggests that Romeo is more of a realist and he recognizes the seriousness of the situation that he is in. As the married couple continue, the nurse enters hurriedly and before she even reveals

  1. Act 1 scene 5 has a very important role to play in Romeo & ...

    In Romeo and Juliet the servants have to run round setting up the stage to start the next scene. "We cannot be here and there too." This is because Romeo & Juliet was written in 1595 and was set in the Globe theatre.

  2. Romeo + Juliet - The Opening - Act 1 Scene 1.

    The soft love music from the lone singer, which is also present in Zefferelli s version, quickly whimpers away to more fast tempo music as Romeo chases Juliet. All is stopped though when the nurse catches them and Romeo finds out that Juliet is a Capulet and that she is due to marry Paris.

  1. How does Shakespeare make the opening scene of Romeo and Juliet interesting for the ...

    You learn from this the play is a tragedy yet in the beginning of the play you have people joking about, it's odd but it draws the audience in. From the first scene we learn Tybalt is an aggressive character.

  2. 'Romeo and Juliet' W.Shakespeare Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 3 Scene 1 - ...

    Shakespeare includes the traditions of courtly love. He shows how Romeo follows these traditions when he is in love with Rosaline compared with how he shows his feeling to Juliet. Romeo wrote poems for Rosaline, stayed in his room and didn't eat. The audience would have understood how he felt; they would have admired him for keeping to the traditions, or at least empathised with his situation.

  1. Essay Question: How does Shakespeare use dramatic devices in Act 3 Scene 1 of ...

    conveys conflict and that Mercutio is an extremely brave and proud character. He is protecting Romeo's masculine honour. It has an impact on the reader for Shakespeare is preparing us for Romeo's banishment later on in the scene. It introduces tension and the reader is left feeling anxious for Mercutio as he is a hot-tempered man.

  2. Discuss the dramatic effect of act1 scene 5 in Romeo and Juliet

    colours so that the characters can express to the audience that a party is going on. The bright lighting will be so vivid and lustrous, that it's chromatic colours will take over the whole stage; attracting the audience's attention. And lastly, the music will have a merry, jubilant theme to show the audience that a joyful occasion is taking place.

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