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How does Shakespeare make Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective?

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How does Shakespeare make Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective? Shakespeare has made Act 1 scene 5 dramatically effective through his use of form, structure and language techniques. At the start of Act 1 scene 5, Capulet turns to the maskers at the ball and tells everyone to enjoy the night and dance to the music. This is important, as it lets the audience know and that this night is a happy and joyous occasion. And this adds to the dramatic effectiveness of the scene because the audience are already aware of the great tension that is waiting to explode between the houses of Capulet and Montague. During the dancing, Romeo starts talking to a servant about Juliet. His speech about Juliet is in a completely different form of writing than the rest. ...read more.


For example " O she doth teach the torches to burn bright", this tells us that Romeo is so in love with Juliet's beauty, that is starts to compare her with the brightness of fire. And this feeling of true love in the scene can also be linked to the use of iambic pentameter, which represents the beating of the heart. " If I profane with my unworthiest hand, this holy shrine, the gentle sin is this". In these lines, the use of the iambic pentameter represents the feeling of love, that Romeo experiences and Shakespeare has used the iambic pentameter because the beat of the iambic pentameter is the same as the beat of our heart, and so we can link this to love as well as death. After the introduction of Tybalt to the scene, the audience can now see the contrast in the stage, because on one side we ...read more.


The use of prologue at the start of play creates a dramatic irony for the audience, because they already know what is going to happen but it also keeps the audience interested in watching the play to see how the two characters die at the end and also to see if the feud between the two families will end or not. Shakespeare included the prologue to create a dramatic irony which makes the make more dramatic and interesting to watch. In conclusion I think Act 1 scene 5 is very dramatically effective. It is so because of Shakespeare's clever use of contrast and the use of various different emotions on the stage. And these use of contrast and techniques brings out the two key themes of play, love and hate. These two themes, love and hate, not only exists throughout the play but also throughout the world and time, that is why the play is so popular because the audience can relate to love and hate. ALEEN PAUL ...read more.

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