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In what ways does Shakespeare make this scene important and dramatic

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In what ways does Shakespeare make this scene important and dramatic? William Shakespeare wrote the play `Romeo and Juliet` sometime between 1589-1595, nobody knows the exact dates of his plays. Shakespeare got his inspiration for the play from a poem that Arthur Brookes wrote, which was about 500 pages long and was only about 2 characters (Romeo and Juliet). The genre of the play is a tragedy and is just 1 of the many he wrote. The main contrast of the play is love verses hate. What we know so far up to Act 1 Scene 5 is that Romeo's family - the Montagues and Juliet's family - the Capulets have some hatred and rivalry between them but we don't know why. Earlier in the play there is a fight between two servants of the Capulets and Benvolio Romeos friend, we also know that Romeo is infatuated with Rosaline. In this essay I will be explaining and answering the question ' In what ways does Shakespeare make this scene important and dramatic'. ...read more.

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The effect of the build up of tension is that it has been dramatically slowed down in this section. In section three of Act 1 Scene 5 Tybalt (a Capulet) hears someone talking about Juliet and recognises that it is Romeo and is furious that a Montague is present at the party and is insulted. There is a direct contrast from the love expressed by Romeo to Juliet and the hatred tybalt shows towards Romeo. Tybalt's hatred and anger is increased when he approaches Capulet and informs him there is a Montague present at the masked party, and Capulet does nothing about it, tybalt then starts to get more angry and attract the attention of the rest of the guests, Capulet is furious by this and uses his anger and temper to shut Tybalt up for example; 'It fits when such a villain is a guest: I'll not endure him.' - lines 73,74 'He shall be endured. What Goodman boy, I say he shall, go to! Am I the master here, or you? Go to!' ...read more.

Conclusion

In the last section of Act 1 Scene 5 Romeo and Juliet find out each others identities and are shocked to know they have fallen in love with their families enemies. Juliet finds out Romeos identity by the nurse and so does Romeo about Juliet, but they are both un phased by this and will carry on seeing each other for example; 'My only love sprung from my only hate' - line 137 This shows that she still loves Romeo despite the fact that he is a Montague. This scene also has the contrast of love and hate for example; 'That I must love a loathed enemy' - line 140 This also shows that Juliet is a bit distraught when she realises Romeos identity. I think Shakespeare has made this scene dramatic and effective by using imagery and the language he uses and the context in which it is used. The sonnet that Romeo and Juliet share creates a loving atmosphere, and Tybalts hatred for Romeo creates a angry atmosphere which is linked to Shakespeare trying to create the contrast of love verses hate which I think he does successfully. ...read more.

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