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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: English
  • Essay length: 4929 words

'Romeo and Juliet' W.Shakespeare Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 3 Scene 1 - How Does Shakespeare Make These Two Scenes Dramatic?

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Introduction

'Romeo and Juliet' W.Shakespeare Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 3 Scene 1 How Does Shakespeare Make These Two Scenes Dramatic? 'Romeo and Juliet' is centred around three main themes. The love between Romeo and Juliet combined with the hatred between their families. 'Romeo and Juliet' is also about fate and destiny. In the prologue Romeo and Juliet are referred to as "a pair of star-crossed lovers". These themes are all closely linked and have consequences which eventually result in Romeo and Juliet's deaths. The chosen scenes are the most important in the play. The actions in these scenes create a lot of tension and are central to the plot. In the first scene Tybalt is given a reason to want to fight Romeo. Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time and instantly fall in love, only to be driven a part in the second scene when Romeo is banished as a consequence of a fight; this is immediately after they have secretly married. These scenes are closely linked, as the main action in act 3 scene 1 is a direct consequence of something which happened in act 1 scene 5.Shakespeare is a skilful dramatist. In the scenes he uses contrasting ways of gripping the audience's attention. Shakespeare uses a fast moving plot of only four days; he consciously shortened the source material to create effect. This makes it easier to act out as well as creating more drama. It shows how passionate Romeo and Juliet are. The shortened plot grips the audience's attention as there is always something of interest happening. The audience are shocked at how quickly things happen; there is always suspense as to what will happen next. Shakespeare has given thought to the position of act 1 scene 5; he chooses to wait 4 scenes before the lovers meet. In this time he clearly establishes the hatred between the Montagues and Capulets.

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Give me my sin again." They play around with the fact they are 'passing sin' on to each others lips and then want it back. This is effective and adds interest. Shakespeare creates drama when the nurse interrupts them. It is the real world interrupting, they are no longer isolated in the scene. The audience are put in suspense as they forget about Romeo and Juliet's passionate love and focus on them finding out who each other is. Shakespeare purposely has the nurse interrupt them, as then a fight won't break out and they can ask the nurse questions as to the others identity. This creates effect and allows the audience to see their feelings when their identities are known. Once they find out each others identities we know they feel trapped in the relationship. "That I must love a loathed enemy." The word "must" shows Juliet feels strongly about him and feels trapped in love. Romeo and Juliet's love would have also been interesting, as arranged marriages were very common in Elizabethan times. It was very uncommon for people not to be matched with someone and meetings not to be set up by their parents. Because of this Shakespeare creates drama, as it is very strange that, within 14 lines they are deeply in love and kissing, without any parents involved or having any insight. The audience would be shocked and wonder what the parents will think or do when they find out. Because parents have no involvement in this love, it is also another way to convince the audience that their love is intense and uncontrollable. Act 1 scene 5 is mainly focused on the love between Romeo and Juliet. The hatred between the families is central to act 3 scene 1.The content of the scenes contrast greatly but both are pivotal points of the play. Act 3 scene 1 is well positioned in the play.

Conclusion

Shakespeare uses language to show the irritation the prince has with the families' feud. "I will be deaf to pleading and excuses;" This clearly shows he doesn't want to hear anymore of there disagreements and will not take sides. The audience would agree with this. This suggests the prince is fed up with the families arguing. This scene is full of tension, suspense, danger, devastation and visual spectacle all cleverly put together to create the uppermost effect. This keeps the audiences attention throughout the whole scenes and creates suspense for future scenes. In conclusion Shakespeare makes the two scenes dramatic by using a number of different effects. He uses different dynamics between characters to create conflict and uses language to emphasise feelings and character. In both scenes he also uses issues of interest to an Elizabethan audience this is effective and engaging, it also means the audience will be able to follow/understand the play better as they are familiar with some aspects. I think this is very effective and also creates drama in the way in which the issues are used. Especially in act 1 scene 5 when they are used in the opposite way to the expected. In both scenes Shakespeare also uses visual spectacle and creates dramatic irony. This helps the audience feel involved as they have information the characters don't and it creates suspense as we wait for the characters to find out what we already know. Shakespeare creates tension and suspense throughout the whole play. This means we are constantly gripped and there is always something happening. This is helped by the fast moving plot which Shakespeare conscientiously created. Tension and suspense is a key aspect to the two key scenes and I think Shakespeare creates a lot of it and in an effective way. Shakespeare also very cleverly bases the two pivotal scenes around opposing themes which is dramatic in its own form. Overall I feel Shakespeare is a very skilful dramatist and knows how to grip the audiences' attention using a variety of techniques, in different ways. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Emma Lock 04/05/2007

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