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In Act 1 scene 5 Romeo sees Juliet for the first time at the Capulet's feast. Write about how Shakespeare creates tension and makes this scene interesting for the audience.

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In Act 1 scene 5 Romeo sees Juliet for the first time at the Capulet's feast. Write about how Shakespeare creates tension and makes this scene interesting for the audience. The play Romeo and Juliet is based on two families, the Cauplets and the Montague's who are enemies. The play is set in Shakespeare's time. In Shakespeare's time there were different rules. The girls had little choice on who they wanted to marry they didn't have any equality in marriage also they didn't always know or like the man before the marriage. Women had very few rights in marriages, marriages were not often close and the girls would often get married when they were young. Romeo from the Montague family and Juliet from the Capulet family fall in love and secretly get married but suddenly separate. It involves a poison potion for Romeo but a Dagger for Juliet as they both end they own death. In Shakespeare's time there were famous type of entertainment such as Bear Baiting and Cock Fighting But the most famous and common type of entertainment was the theater such as the globe. ...read more.

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there is going to be a fight but then the tension is calmed a bit by Lord Capulet saying, "Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone..." [1 I5-64] Tybalt can't believe what his Lord Capulet is saying, leave him alone, but Tybalt is furious because there is a Montague at the Capulet's Feasts replies by saying, "I'll not endure him." [1 I5-75] Now the audiences are really worried they must be thinking is he going to die like in Romeo's dream where Romeo would go to the feast and fall in love with a girl and die because of her. This builds up tension and suspense but Lord Capulet deals with Tybalt by saying, "...Am I the master here, or you? Go to! You'll not endure him! [1 I5 77-79] Lord Capulet is saying " Are you the master of the party, Shame on you, you will not do anything leave him alone" Furthermore Lord Capulet didn't want to cause a scene in front of his guest at the feast this is proven by Lord Capulet saying, "You'll not make a mutiny among my guest You will set a cock-a-hoop! ...read more.

Conclusion

This build tension and holds the audience interest by the mood is always changing all the time. It builds tension by not knowing what might happen in the future. We also learn that Romeo wants to spend more time and wants to be closer to Juliet but can not due to the families are always quarreling. I think the way Shakespeare builds tension and keeps the audience interest is very clever because he sets the point and then creates dramatic irony by making the audience aware of what is going to happen next before the actors find out. For example when Tybalt finds out that Romeo is at the Capulet's Feast and then goes on to say that the next time he sees him he will kill him Romeo is not made aware of this whereas the audience know that the next time he seems him he is going to fight him. The mood changes from happy to anger to romantic and then to emotional. This makes the audience interested because every day something good and something bad happens this makes the play very dramatic and helps to sustain the audience's interest . By, ...read more.

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