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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 & Juliet 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? In Act 1 Scene 5, great tension is mounted knowing that Romeo is not a welcomed member of the Capulets' party, but because doing so, he finds love at first sight. Before they arrive at the party, Romeo gives a speech relating to death, 'Some consequences yet hanging in the stars', meaning in-directly that death is nearby, creating tension. The play refers to light and dark on many occasions, one being in his speech. Later on in the play, Romeo refers to Juliet as 'light' e.g. being the good in his life and he refers to Juliet in holy terms suggesting she is 'pure' and perfect, 'she doth teach the torches to burn bright', creating the image that Juliet is very pure. The beginning of Scene 5, starts with the Capulets' servants, they seem very rushed in their activities, and there is a great sense of urgency. ...read more.

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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?' Romeo describes her as 'a dove among the crows', a metaphor creating a sensual image. This suggests how beautiful and peaceful she is among the 'crowd'. He also 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.

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The Nurse scene is very tense as you think that the lovers will be broken up from their enjoyment with each other. The sonnet ends all of a sudden to be confronted with the Nurse's scene. As a consequence they are they are broken away from their isolation as they are interrupted abruptly from each other. 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. When Juliet asks the Nurse his name she is very reluctant to tell her, 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'. Romeo says, 'She a Capulet?', with a very heartbroken expression on his face. ...read more.

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