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Romeo and Juliet (Act1Sc5&Act3Sc1

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Focusing on act one, scene five and act three, scene one of Romeo and Juliet explain in detail how Shakespeare uses dramatic devices to engage his audience. Romeo and Juliet is a Shakespearian tragedy about two star-crossed lovers who marry in secret and eventually end up dead. Their families are sworn enemies, this situation creates conflict. Act 1, Scene 5 is the Ball scene where there is a really happy atmosphere and Shakespeare creates a mood where the audience will feel at comfortable and at ease. This is shown by Lord Capulet's conversation which has nothing to do with the plot but helps create the calm mood2. ...read more.


Shakespeare uses this to show Capulet's authority over the others in the family. Romeo and Juliet's first lines to each other form a sonnet, a popular type of poem that was used often in the Elizabethan times (around the time Shakespeare was writing this play). "O she doth teaches the torches to burn bright" this line creates a mood and shows how much Romeo loves juliet. Shakespeare purposely used a sonnet to show the true feelings between the two. Throughout the first half of the play many characters foreshadowed their own deaths, for example "No, 'tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church-door; but 'tis enough,'twill serve: ask for me to-morrow, and you shall find me a grave man." ...read more.


He remarks: "Tis a plague upon both your houses." and repeats several times afterwards as if reciting a curse on them. This is used to condemn both houses to a bad ending because of the unneccesary conflict held between them. In anger Romeo kills Tybalt, meaning he killed Juliet's brother. This creates confusion and shock because the audience should feel relief because Tybalt is protrayed as an evil character but at the same time Romeo has just killed a human. The Prince banishes Romeo from Verona, "And for that offence Immediately we do exile him hence" Shakespeare uses banishment as to not be too harsh and disappoint the audience by killing Romeo but only to create the biggest problem for Romeo and Juliet's love. Shakespeare uses many clever dramatic devices to engage the audience. ...read more.

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