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In act 1 scene 5 Romeo sees Juliet for the first time at Capulets party. How does Shakespeare make this scene interesting and tense for the audience?

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework Q. In act 1 scene 5 Romeo sees Juliet for the first time at Capulets party. How does Shakespeare make this scene interesting and tense for the audience? Throughout the play there is a constant hatred between two families to which Romeo and Juliet belong, there have been brawls between the two sides before the play begins. The audience knows that the relationship between the two lovers is destined to lead to the ending of their lives, they are 'star-crossed lovers' and 'death-marked' suggesting their lives are already planned, fate is in control. Young Juliet is brought up in the family of the Capulets and in the play is aged 13. Romeo is from that if the Montagues having a reputation for being less fiery, he is aged about 18. Both of them begin to change as they become increasingly isolated and separated by their families. Romeo has a love for another woman, Rosaline. However his love is not returned. Juliet is set to marry Paris and is willing to consent. Until the events in this scene make her change her mind. The audience knows from the prologue that the lovers' lives will be cut short due to their love for each other. Intensity is built up to the deaths from events such as the brawl at the beginning and the fact that the constant brawl between the two families will not affect the love between the two, showing complete isolation from others, it is inevitable that it will lead to trouble. ...read more.


Shortly after the speech Romeo notices Juliet but she doesn't notice him at first. He sees her with Paris, he describes in a romantic and 'flowery' manner. He uses very lovey dovey language, and describes her to stand out from the crowd. For example being a 'Snowy Dove' among the 'Crows', and it again being a comparison to lightness and darkness. When the lovers first meet the atmosphere is very tense and lively. As young Juliet is dancing there is a sense of ambience when Romeo spots her, 'What lady's that which doth enrich the hand of yonder night?' In the Luhrman version he makes the mood calm for when they meet by playing soft music and having lots of water around, resembling peace and tranquillity. Romeo describes her as 'a dove among the crows', a metaphor. Which suggests how beautiful and peaceful she is among the 'crowd'. He also he never saw true beauty until Juliet, this has great significance because of Romeo having an unreturned love for Rosaline. Also of how something so good has led him to his death, and the audience is aware of their short future together, whilst they are completely oblivious. When the lovers first fall in love, it is the exact same time as Tybalt notices Romeo. The differing reactions of both Capulet and Tybalt are the main creators of the tension. ...read more.


This is very rare as normally nothing can break them from their time together. 'Your mother craves a word!' this is when the Nurse first enters the two's time together. Fast moving camera angles reveal how eager Romeo is to not let Juliet out of his sight, this proving that he loves her dearly. When Juliet asks the Nurse his name she is very reluctant to tell her this creating suspense in the audience waiting for Juliet to find out that he is a Montague and how a relationship would be almost impossible for the two because of the family's hatred for each other. 'His name is Romeo, a Montague' She sounds very heartbroken and let down when she finds that love could not be as his Montague upbringing prevents this. Her dismay is evident when she says 'My only love sprung from my only hate'. He says 'She a Capulet?' with a very heartbroken expression on his face. My personal decision is that the modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet by Luhrman is most effective in creating tension. The Zeffereli version is also rather good as well as all the others but the fact that there is such a wide range of different camera angles all revealing different feelings that are had by the characters. From seeing the modern adaptation I feel it has given me a better understanding of the play as it is easy to tell when scenes creating tension or sadness. Top of Form ...read more.

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