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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? 'Romeo and Juliet' is a tragic love story set in Verona, Italy. The play centres around two youths that fall in love despite they are from rival families which ends in their 'untimely deaths'. Written by William Shakespeare this play is a classic that has been turned into films and set on stages around the world. Two of the plays main themes are love and hate, these are two universal themes that are still relevant today and in Act 1 Scene 5 both of these themes can be found, combined to make an effective piece of drama. ...read more.

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In this part of the scene the mood has changed from the 'public brawl' and Romeo's lovesick depression, now everyone is busy rushing around trying to make sure the party runs smoothly. After Capulet manages to get people dancing, we see him reminiscing about his youth with a cousin we move onto Romeo's first sight of Juliet. This is truly a case of love a first sight as Romeo is transfixed by Juliet's beauty and proclaims he 'ne'er saw a true beauty till this night' however the audience might just dismiss this as a mix infatuation and lust rather then true love, because just moments before Romeo confessed his unrequited love for Rosaline and swore to Benvolio he would only ever love her and couldn't even think about looking at other girls. ...read more.

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From previous scenes they also know that Tybalt is a troublemaker and a vicious fighter as he 'hates all Montagues' and wouldn't easily back down from a fight. Tybalt's aggressive and hostile language contrasts with Romeo's language. Tybalt is speaking in verses but it couldn't be more different from Romeo's romantic, poetic language about Juliet. Tension is built in this part of the scene as Tybalt demands his sword 'To strike him dead I hold it not a sin', this somewhat forceful language might shock Elizabethan audience, with Tybalt threatening to disturb the ball. However Capulet intervenes, still playing the good host, he asks what's wrong with Tybalt. When he explains Romeo's gate crashing Capulet forbids Tybalt to do anything that will 'make a mutiny' amongst his guests. Tybalt's ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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