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How does William Shakespeare create excitement and suspense for the audience in Act 1 Scene 5, of Romeo and Juliet?

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How does William Shakespeare create excitement and suspense for the audience in Act 1 Scene 5, of Romeo and Juliet? In this assignment, I'm studying the play Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare. I'm looking at Act 1 Scene 5. Where Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time. This play was written between 1593 and 1596. The story is about two rival families in Verona, each family has a child each, Juliet and Romeo. These young people meet accidentally and fall in love. They marry in secret, without parent's acknowledgement or consent. Romeo gets revenge on Tybalt (Juliet's cousin) for killing his best friend, to get revenge he kills Tybalt. In effect of this Romeo is banished from Verona. Juliet drinks a potion to make her look dead for 20 hours, to avoid her wedding to Count Paris. Romeo, thinking Juliet is dead, he takes his own life lying next to Juliet. Juliet wakes to find Romeo dead, she takes his dagger and commits suicide, thinking that life cant go on without Romeo. ...read more.

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I have seen the day That I have worn a visor and could tell A whispering tale in a fair lady's ear, Such as would please: 'tis gone, 'tis gone, 'tis gone. You are welcome, gentlemen! come, musicians, play. A hall, a hall! give room! and foot it, girls.' Lord Capulet jokes on with his guests whilst he's welcoming them, creating a party atmosphere, suggesting flirting and making last minute commands. By Lord Capulet doing this, the audiences get the feeling that they are inside the party and not looking upon it. Then Romeo sets eyes on Juliet. The female part of the audience probably considers this as the most important part of the scene. Shakespeare uses dramatic irony, as the audience knows that Juliet is a Capulet and Romeo is a Montague, archrival families. So this would create suspense in the audience. Meanwhile Tybalt hearing and recognizing Romeos voice, realizes there is a Montague at the party, he is creating so much noise that Lord Capulet himself, tells Tybalt to calm down and to leave Romeo alone. ...read more.

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As the nurse tells him she's the she's the lady of the Capulet house. Romeo instantly realises that this relationship isn't going to be easy. 'Is she a Capulet? O dear account! My life is my foe's debt.' Romeo is still dumb-founded as Benvolio, his best friend, tells him its time to go. Creating excitement and tension of un-answered questions. Lord Capulet is also leaving the party to go to bed; he says to keep the party going, as there is plenty of food. During that time Juliet asks the nurse to find out who Romeo is. The nurse misunderstands and points out a different man, creating more tension in the audience as they are wondering if Juliet will find out who Romeo is. When she does, she also realises the trouble this is going to cause, 'My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me, That I must love a loathed enemy.' They have both declared their love for each other but not towards each other. - 1 - Victoria Summerill Coursework - Romeo & Juliet By William Shakespeare ...read more.

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