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Why is Act one Scene five of Romeo and Juliet an effective piece of drama? Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by Shakespeare and is probably Shakespeare's most well known and momentous play. The themes of forbidden love, romance, secrecy and tragedy are portrayed throughout the play. The story is located in Fair Verona and deals with a long standing dispute between two families the 'Montague's' and the 'Capulet's'. Romeo is the heir to the Montague family, and attends a masquerade held by the Capulet's where he encounters Juliet and finds a place in her heart. They yet to find out that they belong to families who share enmity, which fate brings together as a pair of star crossed lovers. However, due to their family's rivalry their love is forbidden. They continue to love one another even after finding out about their identities, which leaves them stunned and distraught. The consequences of the rivalling families lead to major problems for the couple and leads to their tragic death where they both commit suicide. Furthermore the two families realise that this could have been avoided and decide to end their feud and unite in order for the forgiveness of their children. In this essay I will try and explain how act one scene five is an affective piece of drama. In Act one Scene 5 we see how Shakespeare presents the themes of love and hate when Romeo and Juliet first lay eyes on each other and instantly fall in love and when Tybalt attempts to have Romeo removed from the party, as he loathes Romeo who is his sworn enemy. Shakespeare has used the technique of dramatic irony quite cleverly throughout the scene as well as the play, as the audience is in the know of events taking place in the play that the characters are unaware of. An example of this is when Romeo thinks that Juliet is dead so he commits suicide, however, the audience are aware that she is not really dead and has taken some poison. ...read more.


The mood of the scene changes when Juliet realises that Romeo is an enemy. "My only love sprung from my only hate, too early seen unknown and know too late!..." Juliet is heartbroken and shocked as she learns that the first boy she has ever fallen in love with, is the son of her enemy. When she first seen him it was too early to say that she loved him, but as soon as she had found out about his identity it was far too late as she had already fallen deeply in love. Tybalt is the opposite of Romeo and his language shows this "Fetch me my rapier, boy. What does the slave come hither, covered with an antic face, to fleer and scorn our solemnity? Now by the stock and honour of my kin, to strike him dead I hold it not a sin." Shakespeare had Tybalt say this after he hears Romeos voice and realizes that a Montague has dared to come to the party. You can tell that his family honour means a lot to him as he talks about the 'honour of my kin..'. He sees the Montague's as a threat to his family and believes that if he kills Romeo he will not be committing a sin as he is looking out for his family. He believes that Romeo has come to the party to mock and make fun of the party and his family. Through the lines Tybalt speaks, you can say that he is quite violent and aggressive as he talks about striking Romeo dead. Tybalt also has a big ego and a lot of pride, Lord Capulet allows Romeo to stay in the party which infuriates him. "It fits when such a villain in a guest, I'll not endure him" Tybalt is reluctant to Capulet as he says that Romeo is allowed to stay at the party, he cannot stand Romeo and despises the idea of him being at a Capulet party. ...read more.


He isn't asking Juliet to marry Paris, he is now ordering her and dragging her as he does so, he refers to her as baggage and is warning her that is she does not marry on the Thursday he will have nothing more to do with her, in other words he will disown her. This shows that he can be vicious and volatile when he does not get what he wants. In my opinion I believe that Lord Capulet has a Jekyll and Hyde kind of character as his mood constantly changes throughout this scene as well as the play; he starts off as a very enthusiastic and merry character, this is then contrasted by the theme of authority and power, this again changes later on where he is more vicious and volatile. To conclude, an audience would find act one scene five dramatic and tense as the play consists of many different themes including: tragedy, coincidence, forbidden love, fate and family rivalry. He has cleverly used the technique of using more than one mood and emotions in his scenes and constantly keeps the atmosphere tense by continuously using contrasting moods, for example uses love and romance then moves onto hatred and anger. As a result of this, the audience is more engaged and remains interested in play. This scene is relevant as it is a pivotal scene where events take place which causes a chain reaction, where more events take place because of it. Despite the fact that 'Romeo and Juliet' was written many years ago many of its themes and ideas still exist today. The idea of family hatred, and the deaths of lovers can still be seen in present day whether it due to religion race or status. This play sends out a message to its audience that love happens and takes place, and is not something that you can control. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ayesha Khatun 10SJM Romeo and Juliet English Coursework Ayesha Khatun 10SJM Romeo and Juliet English coursework ...read more.

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