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Romeo and Juliet Explore the ways Shakespeare makes Act One, Scene Five dramatically effective. One of the many reasons as to why Shakespeare is regarded as one of the most talented playwrights

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Shakespeare Essay Romeo and Juliet Explore the ways Shakespeare makes Act One, Scene Five dramatically effective. One of the many reasons as to why Shakespeare is regarded as one of the most talented playwrights to have ever existed, is his extraordinary ability to make many aspects of his plays so dramatically effective, to beguile and enthral the audience. Many playwrights have often tried to encompass this element of Shakespeare in their own work, but many without succession, finding themselves incapable of capturing that very essence that makes Shakespeare's work so effectual. The play "Romeo and Juliet" is a prime example of Shakespeare's great talent for creating a work of immense dramatic achievement, by using many techniques to further accentuate the raw emotions of the storyline. On a basic level, "Romeo and Juliet" tells the story of two young lovers, from opposing sides of two families that have shared a life long conflict, and how they strive to be together. The story culminates with the tragic death of both young lovers, and it is this death that eventually ends the feud between the families. However, the many dramatic devices, which Shakespeare uses, serve to intensify the very simplistic storyline, and to present it on a level of greater depth, in a way that increases the enjoyment of the audience with great effect. We can learn this basic outline of the plot from the prologue, which is designed to introduce the story anyway, beginning with the establishment of the two rivalling households, of equal social status, and the "star-cross'd lovers" (Romeo and Juliet), who emerge from these opposing sides, and with the taking of their own lives, "bury their parents' strife", e.g. ...read more.

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This beginning is used to build tension, to frustrate the audience. They wish to see the point in which Romeo and Juliet meet, yet they are being forced to wait. This is a technique used to accentuate the point where they do finally meet, making it all the more dramatically effective. This is also highlighted by the manner in which the servants speak. The audience would know them to be of lower standard, because they speak in a less poetic form of prose, quite unlike the manner in which the characters of a higher standing do, which reflects the level of excitement at this stage in the scene. When Capulet enters, and begins his speech, his presence and use of language is used to reflect the increase of the level of excitement, as the scene draws ever nearer to the point in which Romeo and Juliet meet. He creates a mood of happiness, encouraging everybody to dance, a scene which contrasts the opening of the play, much in the same way as the theme of love contrasts the theme of hate. He greets the Maskers, inviting them to dance, even hazarding a guess as to who they might be, it is all in light spirits, and he reflects on the days when he was young enough to be a Masker himself. The use of the Masque is important, because it enables the Montagues to enter the party without question; Masquerade parties were always seen to be a compliment to the host, as opposed to an interruption and invasion of their privacy, Capulet is flattered to have them there. Capulet's speech is designed to further raise the level of excitement in this scene, building up to the climax of the scene, the part that the audience is anticipating i.e. ...read more.

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This scene provides motivation fro the rest of the play to develop, and serves to develop both sides of the love/hate theme. I feel that Shakespeare has made this scene dramatically effective for the audience. He proficiently builds up the tension, from what the audience has already learnt from the previous scenes of the play, and efficiently creates the tension, which builds upon this information, increasing the audience's interest as apprehension as to what is going to occur in this scene. By delaying the meeting point of the two lovers, Shakespeare, in effect frustrates the audience, making the meeting point all the more dramatic, whilst at the same time, enabling the characters to voice their true thoughts to the audience. In addition, Shakespeare also uses this scene to further build up the contrast of love and hate. As he shows the increase of the theme of love, i.e. in Romeo's soliloquy, this is immediately, and drastically contrasted by Tybalt's immediate reaction of anger and hatred, which is further deepened by the humiliation that he is forced to endure by Capulet. These themes could still be relevant to a modern audience; that hate can ultimately destroy love, as symbolised by the death of Romeo and Juliet, and that it can destroy lives. This could be reflected to a modern audience as the effects of war etc. and that we should work together to form a better society, rather than revolving around hate, which eventually brings nothing but pain, which we do not gain from. It should not take hate and demise to eventually unite people. Therefore, in my opinion, I believe that Shakespeare has effectively made this scene dramatic, both to an audience of his era, and creates relevance to a more modern audience. ...read more.

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