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How Does Shakespeare make this scene Interesting and Tense for the Audience?

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How Does Shakespeare make this scene Interesting and Tense for the Audience? Act 1 scene 5 is one of the most important scenes in this play. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet meet for the first time and fall in love instantly this happens during the big Capulet feast, even though earlier that day the Montague and Capulet servants had a big fight in Verona. Shakespeare uses a variety of different techniques to create tension for the audience. At the beginning of act 1 scene 5 the servants are preparing for the Capulet party. The mood of this is mainly happy but there is a lot of hustle and bustle, this is shown by all of the last minute preparations and the servants rushing around to get everything ready for the party. The servants are also getting ready for their own party "Good thou, save me a piece of marchpane; and, as thou loves me, let the porter let in Susan Grindstone and Nell." The servants don't speak in verse because they are not big important characters and would have been considered as common. Lord Capulet is in an extremely good mood and is jesting with the guests as they arrive at the party. "Welcome Gentlemen! Ladies that have their toes unplagued with corns will walk a bout with you." ...read more.


This teaches us about Capulet's nature and that he is only really at war with Lord Montague and is not bothered about his son. This shows Capulet has a temper which is shown again later in the play when Capulet announces to Juliet that she is to wed Paris. This could also have been stopped because he is trying to convince Paris that he wants to marry into the family but if a fight took place then Paris would think that the families are always getting at each other. This also shows how nasty Tybalt is as it is shown in his speech. This is another twist to the scene; Romeo is meant to be a good peaceful person and is not at the party to disrupt things. Tybalt decides that he does not want Romeo to be at the party but Capulet puts his foot down and tells him to leave Romeo alone. This part of act 1 scene 5 Tybalt speaks in soliloquy and makes his threat, "Patience perforce with willful choler meeting Makes my flesh tremble their different greeting: I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall, Now seeming sweet, convert to bitt'rest gall" This is a dark turn to the play as Tybalt decided that until he gets the chance to attack his hatred for Romeo will get stronger. ...read more.


This technique has being picked up by the writers and creators of 'Soap Opera's' this is where the phrase sitting on the edge of your seat came from because you really want to know what will happen with one character but it will cut to the next character. Shakespeare uses more than one technique to keep the audience interested with the play but this is probably used more than the others. In conclusion act 1 scene 5 is an extremely important scene. Shakespeare's use of techniques can only be compared to a modern 'soap opera'. This scene also has many hints about the future embedded into it. The use of language used by Romeo and Juliet shows that it isn't just a one night stand but shows how serious they are about each other. The techniques used in this scene are numerous and doesn't even cover the amount of techniques that Shakespeare uses throughout the plat or indeed any of the many plays that he wrote. This scene is all about the future because as we see Romeo meets Juliet and Juliet meets Paris. Tybalt gets angry and adds another part to the future of the play and by reading the first act of this play you can almost use it as a jigsaw to piece together the rest of the play. ...read more.

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