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How has Shakespeare crafted act 1 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet for maximum impact on the audience?

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How has Shakespeare crafted act 1 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet for maximum impact on the audience? Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy that tells the story of two ''star crossed lovers'' who pursue their love for each other despite the fact that their families have a prolonged hatred of one another. It was written in around 1595, when Shakespeare was thought to be about 26 years old, but it is set in Verona, Italy, in the 1300's. Act 1 begins with a fight between the servants of the Montagues' and the Capulets'. Shakespeare begins the scene like this to attract the audiences' attention and to make them take sides. Lord Capulet has sent one of his servants to deliver invitations to people inviting them to a banquet at his house the Capulet servant cannot read, so he asks one of the other servants to it for him...the servant that reads it though, just so happens to be a Montague servant! Romeo then fids out from Balthazar, his man servant, that his love Rosaline is going. Juliet is the only child of Lord and Lady Capulet. ...read more.


When Romeo first sees Juliet, the things that he says about her make everything around her seem dull and dismal like ''a snowy dove trooping with crows''. He also says ''Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear''. This tells us that he thinks that she is so beautiful she shouldn't even be on earth. Romeo also uses rhyming couplets when he is speaking about Juliet. ''Did my heart love till now? Forever it, sight! / For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.'' In Romeo and Juliet's first conversation, they speak as though they were in prayer. ''Palm to palm is holy palmers kiss''. Their conversation is what is called an embedded sonnet; sonnets are poems of fourteen lines, and are usually associated with love poetry. They build, line by line, on one idea and each line has ten syllables. ''My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand''. They also use holy phrases such as ''holy shrine'' and ''saints''. By using expressions such as these, it shows that religion was very important in those days, and Friar Lawrence agrees to marry them because of this and because he thinks that it will bring the two families together. ...read more.


One thing he has done to add suspense is to have a mixture of private and public moments-such as where they meet, the banquet-very busy and full of life, and Romeo and Juliet having to find somewhere to be able to be intimate. He also uses a mixture of love and hate between the Montagues and the Capulets, and how when Romeo and Juliet die, they cease to be enemies. One reason for this is because of what Prince Escalus says when the families find out that their children have both died. ''see what a scourge is laid upon your hate/That Heaven finds a way to kill your joys with love''. The prince tells both families that their arguments have killed, not only Romeo and Juliet, but also Mercutio and Paris. They decide then that their feuding must end, and so they both decide to erect gold statues of the couple. Act 1 scene 5 is one of the most important scenes in the play because it is in this scene that Romeo and Juliet first meet and kiss, and they don't kiss again until they die. ''For there never was a story of more woe/than that of Juliet, and her Romeo''. By Sophie Collins (10LY) ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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