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Romeo and Juliet - Act 1 Scene 5 In this essay I will investigate why Act 1 Scene 5 is such an effective piece of drama. In order to do this I will see how Shakespeare got his message across to the audience, for this is a measure which I will judge its effectiveness as a scene. To do this I will have to look at all the dramatic techniques that he employs, the embedded sonnet, use of juxtaposition, and use of imagery. In Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, about two love struck teenagers whom aren't able to be together due to their families feud/ social situation. There is two key themes that of love and hate. Before Romeo and Juliet meet, the audience is only aware that he is a Montague and that she is a Capulet. Shakespeare uses juxtaposition when Romeo and Tybalt encounter each other at the party. This adds to the scene being dramatically effective as do other happenings throughout the length of the scene. ...read more.


This joyous occasion is also of stark contrast to the fighting at the beginning of the play. Shakespeare uses Romeo's romantic speech, this make the scene dramatic because it intensifies the mood threefold after the happy and joking speech made by Capulet. Romeo's speech identifies to the audience for the first time, how Romeo feels about Juliet. That Juliet's beauty is unmatched by those in the room and that Romeo has never loved before but he now thinks he has found her, Juliet the one. "...O she doth teach the torches around to burn bright, it seems she hangs upon the cheek of night like a rich jewel in a Ethiope's ear beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear...". At this point the audience realises just what type of love and passion Romeo feels for Juliet. This event adds much more dramatic effect and intensifies the scene. At this instant a height of climax in the drama is achieved, but Shakespeare lifts it higher with a stronger and more hating speech, that of Tybalts. Shakespeare creates effective drama by introducing the speech of Juliet's cousin, Tybalt. ...read more.


This once again shows the audience that to kiss Juliet, would mean no greater thing in the world to Romeo. The dramatic effect of this kiss is heightened, because of what it now means in the context of their lives and also the play. Drama is effectively used, to translate to the audience that this is one of the most important incidents and scenes of the play. In conclusion Act 1 scene 5 is very dramatically effective. This is because Shakespeare, used Capulet's speech to set a contrasting happy mood to that of the beginning of the play, so already this scene was different. Shakespeare expressed Romeo's declaration of his love for Juliet to intensify the mood threefold. Then Tybalts speech was used to resurrect the hatred and conflict between Capulet and Montague also to use the key them of hate. Finally Shakespeare added the kiss of Romeo and Juliet, to heighten the drama and passion but also to represent a key theme, that of love. In finishing I now say that this scene is Dramatic in many ways and that with this finely tuned drama, I believe it's one of the most effective and important scene on the play. ...read more.

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