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Romeo and Juliet Coursework Dramatic devices parts of the play in which the writer builds tension or any other effect to influence course of the play and the reactions of the characters and audience, e.g., contrasting emotions and moods, varying pace and atmosphere. Act 1 Scene 5 is extremely important, as it is the scene in which Romeo and Juliet meet. This lets the audience know what the play is about. It also gives the audience an early insight into the storyline of the play and what to later expect. The scene begins with a frantic, fast-paced atmosphere throughout the Capulet household, which is immediately set by the abrupt sentences of the servingman. The speech of the servants preparing for the party in lines 1-14 is in prose, which symbolizes their lower class. The scene begins with humour from the servingman, who mocks a friend by saying; 'Where's potpan, that he helps not to take away? ...read more.


His soliloquy is an effective dramatic device used as it shows great irony, as earlier in the play Romeo stresses how we will never love any woman other than Rosaline and the falls into love with Juliet. At this precise moment, Shakespeare, crucially timing the arrival, introduces Tybalt to the scene, who spots Romeo. By doing this, the romantic mood is shattered and dramatic irony is used to show us how dangerous and unwise this love this relationship of Romeo and Juliet is going to prove to be. The atmosphere quickly becomes tense, switching from the theme of love to hate to engage the audience. By switching the theme, mood and atmosphere so suddenly, Shakespeare creates an effective dramatic device, juxtaposing the different atmospheres, styles and paces. In lines 64-80, Capulet uses his position of power and authority as a member of the older generation to order Tybalt. He tells Tybalt what he expects from him by saying; 'Show a fair presence, and put off these frowns...' ...read more.


As well as asking several other questions to hide her true feelings. Lines 137-140 use rhyming couplets to create a romantic mood and uses an oxymoron: 'My only love sprung from my only hate.' This symbolises the problems and difficulties ahead. By making Romeo and Juliet leave at different times, Shakespeare cleverly gives us an insight into how the family feud will prove to be fatal. Overall, I do not think a lot of Shakespeare's dramatic devices are actually effective. I think that some parts in the scene such as when Shakespeare contrasts young and old in his conversation with Cousin Capulet does not make an impact on the audience. However, I believe that some dramatic devices that Shakespeare uses are truly dramatically effective and really draw the audience into the play, for instance when Tybalt recognizes the voice of Romeo, the mood, atmosphere and pace suddenly switch from romance to anger. Although Shakespeare makes much effort to create truly effective dramatic devices, only some of them meet their aim, while others simply go unnoticed. ...read more.

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