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Romeo and Juliet "Examine the dramatic effectiveness and significance through the rest of the play to Act 1 Scene 5".

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Examine the dramatic effectiveness and significance through the rest of the play to Act 1 Scene 5 Act 1 Scene 5 is very significant to the rest of the play because in this scene "Romeo and Juliet" meet and also more importantly fall in love with each other. Most of the imagery used in the whole of the play refers in one-way or another to this scene. E.g. In Act 1 Scene 2 Benvolio says to Romeo "And I will make thee think thy swan a crow" and in Act 1 Scene 5 Romeo says to Juliet "And I will make thee think thy swan a crow" In novel, authorial voice gives us in formation about the characters in plays we learn about the characters through their actions, behaviour, speech and what others say about them and how they say it. Characters are placed in plays/novels to serve a purpose, for example they might be placed in the play or novel to build tension, to spark events or it might even be to contrast with another character. For example Tybalt is in the play to spark events and to build tension and Romeo and Juliet are there to contrast with each other. Characters might even be placed in a play or novel to represent something for example it might be to represent the evil, ugliness, love, beauty etc. ...read more.

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This part of the play makes the scene effective on stage because it crumbles away all the romantic feelings and love, it builds up tension. Romeo and Juliet are madly in love; however they are in great danger. A disturbing emotion hits Juliet when she finds out that her lover's name is Romeo Montague. She calls for her nurse expecting to hear good words about the person who catches her eye at the party. "Go ask his name. If he be married," Juliet wants to find out as much as she can about this gentleman, and when she does, it is not what she wanted to hear. "His name is Romeo, and a Montague, the only son of your great enemy." The nurse breaks the bad news to Juliet. "My only love sprung from my only hate." The one person who happened to give Juliet the feeling of love had to be the one person who would be least welcomed by her family. The remainder of her family would have the entire opposite feeling towards Romeo as Juliet had, her family already hates him. Tybalt expresses the other main theme of the play 'Hate' in this scene also. Tybalt is the cousin of Juliet, a Capulet. Tybalt notices Romeo at the Capulet party, and his first instinct is to do away with him. ...read more.

Conclusion

Shakespeare combines the two main themes of the play very closely together in this scene. While Romeo and Juliet are expressing their love for one another, inside there is existing hate for each other, which they are not aware of. The hate is not there for them as individuals, but there for the names that they have been given. As they are winning the money, it is slowly sliding out of a hole in their pockets that they are not aware of. Shakespeare also builds up the tension for their future in this scene. The audience knowing that their families are rivals and that there is much confusion in the air, the audience are tense to see the outcome. It is blatant to the audience at this stage that the play will either end with love or hate, but they do not know which. In conclusion I would like to say that Act 1 Scene 5 is very significant to the rest of the play because this was the scene that Romeo and Juliet were meant to meet and fall in love with each other. If this scene wasn't created hen there was no point of having the whole play. Also this play was based around this scene, all other events that happened were planned around it. 1 Examine the dramatic effectiveness and significance through the rest of the play to Act 1 Scene 5 ...read more.

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