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I am going to analyse, interpret and express a view about act 1 scene 5. I am going to consider the dramatic events of the scene, Shakespeare's use of language, the way the scene is structured and changing moods

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In this essay I am going to analyse, interpret and express a view about act 1 scene 5. I am going to consider the dramatic events of the scene, Shakespeare's use of language, the way the scene is structured and changing moods and how Shakespeare makes use of dramatic devices like scene shifts and range of characters. Shakespeare has divided this scene into 7 sections. Section one is when the servants prepare for the party and Lord Capulet welcomes the guests. "You are welcome, gentlemen. Come musicians, play. A hall, a hall! Give room; and foot it, girls." This shows us the pleasant mood Capulet is in. In this section Shakespeare makes the audience think that the party is going to be content and it is going to be a sensation for the meeting of Juliet and Paris. The second section of act one scene v is when Lord Capulet and his cousin talk about their youth. "For you and I are past our dancing days." This shows how they are reflecting back on the days of which they used to dance with the ladies in masks. The mood in section 2 is reminiscence as Lord Capulet and his cousin are reflecting back on the past of when it was their youth. Shakespeare makes the audience realize that Romeo and Juliet were both young as were Capulet and his cousin. ...read more.

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Section 7 of act one scene five is when all the guests depart and Juliet is distressed to find out that Romeo is a Montague. "My only love sprung from my only hate." This demonstrates how traumatized Juliet actually was and it also exemplifies the mood of the section, which is dissatisfaction, pain and fret. Shakespeare leaves the audience apprehensive for Juliet on that she was believed to fall in love with her prearranged marriage Paris, but in its place she falls in love with her enemy, her foe, Romeo. This makes the audience anxious of what is yet to come. Act one scene v language is very contrasting. At the opening, in the first section of act one scene v Shakespeare's language is very jovial. The language that Shakespeare uses makes the mood of the scene content and makes the audience believe that the party is going to succeed. "More light, you knaves; and turn the tables up." This exemplifies how the language made the mood joyful. However, just when the audience assumes that this party is going to be a hit, he introduces Tybalt and then the language turns into aggressiveness where Tybalt sees Romeo has gate crashed the Capulet's party and threatens to kill him. The language is very intense and violent. "This, by his voice, should be a Montague. Fetch my rapier boy." ...read more.

Conclusion

The fathers would often arrange a marriage with their child with a person from a suitable family so that it would increase the social standing of their family. In Shakespeare's day it was common for girls around thirteen to marry men who are much older then them. As we already know Juliet was around thirteen and Lord Capulet was trying to arrange a marriage for her with the prince Paris who I am guessing must have been much older than Juliet. Marriage was a financial contract; it provided for the bride's dowry and a settlement in cash and property to the husband's family. In conclusion, act one scene 5 is a very significant scene of the play. This scene is in a way foreshadowing the dramatic events yet to come. The scene is split up into seven sections. The mood starts off very jovial then particular events of the scene completely alter the mood of the scene into a very aggressive and alarming mood. The audiences experience so many diverse emotions throughout this scene. At first they think everything is well and endure blissful emotions, and then they experience timorous emotions of Tybalt killing Romeo. After this, seeing Romeo and Juliet falling in love makes it a real ride, although the audience is content that Romeo finds another love but they are very anxious for Romeo and Juliet, as they are archenemies. I feel that this scene does have a lot of effect on the play and it indicates the heartbreaking set of events yet to come. ...read more.

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