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Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 5

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Romeo & Juliet: Act 1 Scene 5 Analyse the dramatic effectiveness of Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo & Juliet, exploring how Shakespeare has created an atmosphere of romance and danger in the scene. William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet is a tragedy that tells the story of two 'star crossed lovers'. Most of the main themes of the play are included in Act 1 Scene 5 and therefore it is one of the most relevant scenes in the play. The dramatic effectiveness of Act 1 Scene 5 has created an atmosphere of romance and danger by building up the tension in the audience through ending the scene with a dilemma. Two of the key themes of the play are romance and danger, which is included in this scene and that, is what makes this scene one of the important ones in the play. Moreover, it introduces some of the main characters and personalities. The main event that happens in this scene is the meeting of Romeo and Juliet for the first time. Another main incident in this scene is when Romeo and Juliet realises that they are eachother's enemies. The concept of power also comes in this scene when Capulet stops Tybalt from attacking Romeo. Tybalt gets angry by this and decides to take revenge on Romeo later. From this, it is clear to the audience that something is going to happen between Romeo and Tybalt later in the play. Therefore, the play will be tragic and it will end up with the death of the two lovers. ...read more.

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This is because Shakespeare does not want to disrupt Romeo's and Juliet's meeting through a violation. It is clear that there will be something between Tybalt and Romeo later on. This scene is in between two romantic scenes to restore the violence and disagreement between Capulets and Montagues. Shakespeare also gives us an idea about how women were treated at that time. At that time, women were known as claccsons because they were treated as sex object. That is why Romeo first 'falls in love' with Rosaline and forgets about her once he sees Juliet. In the case of Juliet, she do not even know the person very well whom she is going to marry. She is going to see him for the first time in the party. Her parents did not ask her if she wants to marry him or not because at that time, parents usually choose a groom for their daughter. However, men had the right to choose their bride because people believed that they are superior sex and they have power over the opposite sex. The atmosphere then changes completely as the lovers actually meet. Romeo holding Juliet's hand: "My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss." He jokes that his lips are not worthy of her beauty and to kiss her will be a sin. Their conversation is full of religious metaphors in which Juliet is a saint and Romeo is the pilgrim who wants his sin forgiven by offering to 'smooth the rough touch' when he kissed her without her permission. ...read more.

Conclusion

The dramatic effectiveness, which Shakespeare uses in this scene, is far-fetched. The sudden change of the group of characters or the place or the emotion creates the dramatic effectiveness in this scene. For example, the scene starts with the prosing between the servants, which involves joking. Then it changes in to an eventful atmosphere by the Capulet's speech. After that, Shakespeare tries to create romance through the speech of Romeo when he sees Juliet. However, the atmosphere changes in to danger when Tybalt gets incensed by seeing Romeo. Then the aspect of power comes, as Capulet gets angry to Tybalt as he begins to attack Romeo. Then Shakespeare changes back the atmosphere in to romantic as Romeo and Juliet meet. However, scene becomes ironic as Shakespeare gives a hint to the audience in the prologue as there is danger still to follow. "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny" Then the danger is revealed as Romeo and Juliet find out what the truth is. The scene has extreme emotions of highs and lows, which plays as a roller coaster. In conclusion, I would like to say that the main reason why Romeo and Juliet is one of the famous plays is the use of the poetic language, which Shakespeare has used, because of the dramatic effectiveness it has, because of the dramatic irony and because of the atmosphere of romance, tension and danger, it creates. This play is a good example, which shows the Elizabethan attitudes towards love. Modern audience may feel pity for the young lovers, and for Juliet especially who was forced by her father to marry Paris which shows the discrimination towards women. However, these star crossed lovers have a great place in both Elizabethan and modern audience. ...read more.

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