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Analyse the dramatic qualities of Act One, Scene Five: -What makes it exciting? -How is it important to the play as a whole? It was acceptable for writers to copy stories from other writers. Shakespeare took the story of Romeo and Juliet from Arthur Brooke's "The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet"; Brooke's work was Shakespeare's primary source for his play. Arthur Brooke brought the story of Romeus and Juliet to an English audience in a long and plodding poem that was itself not original. Romeo and Juliet is a dramatic experience of Arthur Brooke's poem "The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet". Shakespeare follows the poem of Arthur Brooke's version closely but adds extra detail to both major and minor characters, in particular the Nurse and Mercutio. This makes it more interesting since Romeo and Mercutio are best friends and the nurse is like a mum to Juliet. Shakespeare based his play on the poem " Romeous and Juliet", but he made plenty of changes. It took Brooke a period of nine months to write the story of "Romeus and Juliet". Nevertheless Shakespeare created exhilaration by writing the play in his own version in 2-3 days. ...read more.


This shows us clearly that Lord Capulet doesn't want a public humiliation in front of all his guests. Tybalt is Juliet's favourite cousin; he gets frustrated easily and has a short temper. Tybalt is furious when he hears Romeos voice and he wants to fight Romeo. "This, by the voice, should be a Montague. Fetch me my rapier, boy. What dares the slave come hither, cover`d with an antic face". Tybalt wants to kill Romeo and tells his men to get him his sword we already know that this ball means a lot to Lord Capulet and this is thrilling for the audience because we wonder whether Tybalt will attack Romeo and as Tybalt orders his men to get him his sword this creates additional tension. Moreover, Tybalt says that Romeo is here to mock and ridicule them at their party. "To fleer and scorn at our solemnity?" We know that Romeo is here to take his mind of Rosaline and to find another girl, so for Tybalt to think that Romeo is here to mock them creates more nervousness and excitement. When Lord Capulet tells Tybalt to calm down and leave Romeo alone, Tybalt becomes angrier. ...read more.


Juliet knows that it is too late to do anything about it, "Too early seen unknown, and known too late!" Juliet realizes that she fell in love with Romeo too soon not knowing who he is and now that she does know whom Romeo is its too late. This creates tension because we know that their deep in love and that they won't just stop loving each other. I think that Romeo, his cousins and his best friend Mercutio being at the ball with Tybalt and his men makes this scene incredibly thrilling for the audience because the audience know that they shouldn't see each other and audience are anxious because they can clash at any time. Also, Romeo and Juliet falling in love quickly without knowing each other very well made this scene breathtaking since the audience already know that the Montague's and Capulet's are rival enemies so them falling in love so fast creates anxiety and dramatic irony because the audience know that they shouldn't fall in love. What's more we know that Juliet's favourite cousin Tybalt who has a very short temper is there and so is Romeo's cousins and his best friend Mercutio, which creates even more tension and adds anticipation to the scene because anything can occur between them. By Ahmed Noor ...read more.

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