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How has William Shakespeare made Act 1 Scene 5 of 'Romeo and Juliet' dramatically effective?

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How has William Shakespeare made Act 1 Scene 5 of 'Romeo and Juliet' dramatically effective? In William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', two youths from similar households fall in love, but this can only end in tragedy as the two families bear an ancient grudge against each other. It is apparent in the first scene that there is great animosity between the families when the servants of the Montague and Capulet families fight. The feud between them must run deep as even their servants are fighting with each other. Before Romeo and Juliet meet we know that they are from the two different families, Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet. We also know that Romeo was previously in love with Rosaline and is rather upset as she turned him down. Therefore Benvolio, Romeo's cousin, is determined to take Romeo to the Capulet party to cheer him up. Romeo doesn't want to go but doesn't want to let his cousin down, plus he still hopes to see Rosaline. Benvolio tells Romeo that he will find someone more beautiful than Rosaline and that he will make him see her in a different light, "Compare her face with some that I shall show. ...read more.

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So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows." The audience will be thinking that this is sweet, but will also be worried about the chaos it would cause between the Capulet and the Montague families. There would be hardly any noise as this speech is meant to be quiet and romantic, yet also powerful. The two characters, Romeo and Juliet, appear innocent and naieve. Between lines 54 and 92, there is a lot going on. Tybalt, Juliet's cousin, hears Romeo talking about Juliet and tells Lord Capulet that he must fight him, "Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe. A villain, that is hither come in spite to scorn at our solemnity this night." Capulet tells Tybalt that Romeo is a well spoken youth of Verona and orders him to leave him alone. Yet Tybalt is still determined not to be controlled and carries on arguing with Lord Capulet but finally gives in and agrees. The language used is angry, violent and explosive. Tybalt appears to be potentially dangerous. Lord Capulet talks with reason although there is a great deal of suppressed anger building up as he tries to placate Tybalt. He talks to Tybalt in a derogatory tone. The audience will be feeling anticipation as they don't yet know whether Tybalt will take notice of Capulet, so they may still be expecting a fight. ...read more.

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Juliet is intrigued with all the guests but is hit with shock when she finds out Romeo is a Montague. The audience are feeling extreme tension, even more now near the end of the scene. They are desperate to know what is going to happen between Romeo and Juliet and their families. They are still nervous about the feuds between the Capulet and Montague families. Shakespeare has made this scene dramatically effective by using the surrounding noises in each scene. He has also included a lot of emotion e.g. love, anger and hate. The audience become emotionally involved with the play as Shakespeare touches them with Act 1 Scene 5. This scene is crucial to the rest of the play as it is where Romeo and Juliet first meet. It is also where they find out each others families. Love and hate is a universal theme and is recognised in films and plays all over the world today. People can also relate to the love and hate theme as it is something they can experience in their own lives. I think the scene is very emotional, with all the fighting at the beginning, then mellowing out into the romantic sonnet, and then the kiss touches everyone watching. Romeo and Juliet has been a well known and loved play for many years and I'm sure it will be for many more years to come. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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