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Romeo and Juliet - How does Shakespeare dramatise Act 1 Scene 5?

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Shakespeare Coursework How does Shakespeare dramatise Act 1 Scene 5? In this scene Shakespeare shows the audience the divine love between Romeo and Juliet surrounded by the framework of hatred that inevitably kills them both. The contrast between the love and the hatred highlights their undying love for each other and shows how impossible their relationship is. It changes the way we view how important the two emotions are in the conflict between the Montague and Capulet families. The end of this scene leaves the audience with a feeling of doom when the two lovers find out their only love is "a loathed enemy." Shakespeare sets the scene with a lighthearted opening. He prepares for this scene with the servants, they enter speaking informally (in prose, not verse), and about all the work they have to do. This prepares for the grand entrance when the Capulets come on stage, in procession, wearing expensive clothing and speaking in verse. The stage is filled with activity as the servants rush about, moving furniture and preparing us for the eventful goings-on that proceed. Shakespeare does this by using short sentences or phrases, "Look to the plate. God thou", repetition, "He shift a trencher! He scrape a trencher!" and lots of punctuation to add to the effect, " Antony! And Potpan!" This is a clear indication that the meal is over and the dancing is about to begin. The servants will have props to show that they are clearing up. ...read more.

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We realise the threat is there and how hard it will be for Romeo and Juliet to be together. Tybalt's explosion of anger ends in a Rhyming couplet showing the audience his fury towards the Montague family. Fortunately Lord Capulet is watching, and we see that the older man has become a little wiser since the morning. He restraints Tybalt - but we realise that his restraint will not be very effective for very long. Capulet may dislike the Montagues, but he is trying to obey the Prince's command. But as a host, he cannot allow even an enemy to be attacked under his own roof. Lord Capulet is emotional and if a fight breaks out he will be held responsible and executed. And, he tells Tybalt, Romeo is "virtuous and well-governed." Tybalt is angry at losing the chance for a fight, and blames Romeo for this, especially when he is made to look silly by Capulet, who tells him off and calls him a "saucy boy". Tybalt uses a Rhyming couplet to force the idea of his hate into the audience. Capulet loses his temper when Tybalt will not do as he says, "Am I the master here, or you?" Tybalt says he will not hurt him "I'll not endure him" But He wants to fight now, the longer he will wait the worse his anger will get, he explains this using another Rhyming couplet, "I will withdraw; but this intrusion shall now seeming sweet will convert to bitterest gall." ...read more.

Conclusion

Whist Romeo and the nurse are alone together he questions her about Juliet "What is her mother?" The nurse tells him she is a Capulet, this brings devastation to Romeo, his growing passion is destroyed just because they come from different families. "Is she a Capulet? O dear account! My life is my foes debt." Hence, our emotions are manipulated again as Romeo's fate seems impossible to cope with. Capulet returns and tells everyone that the party is over which clears the stage for the nurse and Juliet. She says that the worst thing that could happen is that he would be married "If he be married-my grave is like to be my wedding bed" This is dramatic irony as the prologue tells the audience; "A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life." Juliet ends this scene with a rhyming couplet to exaggerate the fated ending of the lover's life. Shakespeare leaves the audience feeling moved at the end of this scene and full of fear for the lovers. In this scene Shakespeare has dramatised it using comparisons between love and hate youth and age and light and darkness. He leaves the audience with a feeling of warmth and admiration towards Romeo and Juliet but a feeling of doom, as their love is impossible and will end in tragedy, manifested by Tybalts threat of revenge, which hangs about the stage even as he has exited. Lucille Sargent 10.1 Mrs. Watkins ...read more.

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