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Romeo and Juliet Coursework Why is Act 1 Scene 5 and effective piece of drama? Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, written in 1595. The play concerns the fate of two young star-crossed lovers who pursue their love for each other despite the fact that there has been an ongoing feud between their families. In this assignment I plan to focus on Romeo and Juliet meeting for the first time and what effect it has on the audience. The prologue at the beginning of the play does not simply set the scene of Romeo and Juliet. It tells the audience exactly what is going to happen in the play. The Prologue refers to an ill-fated couple with its use of the word "star-crossed," which means, literally, against the stars. Stars were thought to control people's destinies. But the Prologue itself creates this sense of fate by providing the audience with the knowledge that Romeo and Juliet will die even before the play has begun. The audience therefore watch the play with the expectation that it must fulfil the terms set in the Prologue. The structure of the play itself is the fate from which Romeo and Juliet cannot escape. Just before the first scene the audience are introduced to a depressed young Romeo who has fallen madly in love with a girl called Rosaline, who pays no attention to him at all. ...read more.


His character is unfriendly and aggressive. He is full of hate and potentially violent. Tybalt's use of language contrasts with the language Romeo uses to describe Juliet's beauty which vividly illustrates the difference between love and hate. Capulet is not concerned by Romeo's intrusion and instructs Tybalt to "endure him" which shows that he is relaxed about the situation and does not want disruption. When Tybalt refuses to listen to his commands, Capulet becomes angry and dismissive. He begins to insult Tybalt by calling him a "saucy boy" and a "princox". Tybalt is then forced to be patient but the hate and anger that he is holding in gradually escalates to violence later on in the play. Capulet says "This trick may chance to scathe you" to Tybalt when he still refuses to endure Romeo. He says that the attitude that Tybalt has might end up causing him harm, which is quite ironic as we later see that he is killed. The audience see a difference in the way Capulet's character is presented and start to wonder whether the welcoming and friendliness which they had previously seen is a complete fa´┐Żade. Later on in this scene, Shakespeare focuses on when Romeo and Juliet speak for the first time and exchange their sonnet. The moment they meet, there is an immediate and intense attraction to each other. There is a contrast in the mood as Romeo and Juliet are presented as separate and aloof from the liveliness of the party creating a quiet, still moment which adds a sense of serenity to the meeting. ...read more.


Therefore he is her enemy. This has a great impact on the audience as they react to the irony of two young teenagers uncontrollably falling in love but finding out that they are enemies. This brings about their downfall as whilst their feuding families think about defeat, their love is being torn apart. In the prologue it says "And the continuance of their parents rage, which, but their children's end, naught could remove" This suggests that Romeo and Juliet's death is caused by the arrogance of the two families. In conclusion I think that Act One Scene Five is one of the most important scenes in the play, as it is when Romeo and Juliet first meet and it very dramatically effective. This is because Shakespeare used Capulet's speech to set a contrasting happy mood to the beginning of the play, so already this scene is different. Shakespeare expresses Romeo's declaration of his love for Juliet to intensify the mood. Then Tybalt's speech is used to resurrect the hatred and conflict between Capulet and Montague and to also focus on the key theme of hate. Shakespeare has created a mixture of emotions which change throughout the scene, making it more interesting for the audience. Finally, Shakespeare adds the kiss of Romeo and Juliet to enhance the drama and passion but also to represent another key theme, love which is a source of dramatic irony. Although the audiences are aware of the outcome from the prologue, they still feel the anger and shock of the build up in motion towards their death which this effective scene sets. ...read more.

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