• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

'Romeo and Juliet' W. Shakespeare, Act One Scene Five and Act Three Scene One, How Does Shakespeare Make These Two Scenes dramatic?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

'Romeo and Juliet' W. Shakespeare Act One Scene Five and Act Three Scene One How Does Shakespeare Make These Two Scenes dramatic? Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' is first and foremost a play about love. Romeo and Juliet meet, fall in love and get married the very next day. This love between two young people is constantly undermined by the underlying hate of their respective families. It is clear from the outset of this play that the story of these "star-cross'd" lovers will not end happily ever after, in fact, only two days after marrying, they are both dead. This fast moving plot of the play allows Shakespeare to zoom in and concentrate on specific activities during the day rather than just giving us an overview of the day as a whole. The two scenes that I will be analysing, Act one scene five and Act three scene one, are both central to the plot of the play as a whole. Act one scene five is the scene in which Romeo first glimpses Juliet and they speak their first fourteen lines together, lines that form a perfect sonnet. Also, Act one scene five lays the foundations for the fight in Act three scene one when Mercutio (Romeo's friend) and Tybalt (Juliet's cousin) are killed and consequentially, Romeo is banished from Verona. Shakespeare's positioning of Act one scene five is very clever because it means there are four scenes in which the mood of the play can be set and all the characters can be introduced to us, the audience, before the two main characters meet each other. ...read more.

Middle

We could believe that Romeo is a very fickle man and that he will soon be denying all knowledge of his love for Juliet but when they talk to each other we know that this is not true. In Shakespeare's time women were not allowed to act so a young boy would have had to play Juliet and because of this, love could not be shown through lots of passionate kissing. Instead, Shakespeare portrays their love in their language. The first fourteen lines that the "star-cross'd" lovers share form a perfect sonnet which was accepted in Elizabethan times to be a sure sign of love and therefore an appropriate way for Romeo and Juliet to express their love for each other. Romeo says the first quatrain, Juliet the second and the last quatrain and ending couplet are shared between Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare does allow one small kiss between Romeo and Juliet but this is not really needed as by this point the desired effect has already been achieved. The imagery that Shakespeare has used in Romeo and Juliet's first meeting is particularly effective. Romeo refers to Juliet as a holy shrine, "If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth this rough touch with a tender kiss", and says that if he has defiled Juliet's hand by holding it in his then he will kiss her, with his lips which he refers to as pilgrims, to remedy this. ...read more.

Conclusion

The differing dynamics between characters in this scene makes it interesting and dramatic. As I have already mentioned, Romeo speaks very politely to Tybalt and wishes him no harm, "I do Protest I never injur'd thee, But love thee better than thou canst devise, Till thou shalt know the reason of my love" This contrasts greatly with the unpleasant and offensive way that Tybalt speaks to Romeo, "Romeo, the love I bear thee can afford No better term than this - thou art a villain" This shows that Tybalt holds contempt for Romeo whereas as Romeo says that he has nothing but love for Tybalt. In conclusion, the two scenes, Act one scene five and Act three scene one are crucial to the plot of the play as a whole. As such, Shakespeare used many techniques to make these two scenes as dramatic and as striking as possible. To hold the audience's attention during these two scenes Shakespeare used his skills as a dramatist to produce effects such as, dramatic irony, tension and suspense and he used language to highlight many emotions. I believe that Shakespeare was an expert playwright and even though I do not live in Elizabethan times I still appreciate his plays. For people living in Elizabethan times the appeal of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' would have been far greater than it is for me because Shakespeare knew what appealed to his audience and wrote his plays so that they would enjoy them. Also, Elizabethan audiences would not have had to analyse the plays in detail and would have been able to enjoy them as pieces of theatrical brilliance! By Jane Garvani ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. Violence and conflict are central to Romeo and Juliet. Discuss this theme with reference ...

    He further calls Juliet a 'baggage', indicating that she is a burden and describes her as a 'wretch', suggesting that she is a beast. Moreover, Capulet's 'fingers itch' because he wishes to slap her. Shakespeare shows that the verbal confrontation is developing into a physical one.

  2. The concept of fate - Romeo and Juliet

    Even if their lives were ended by it, like Romeo says 2.2.83, "And, But thou love me, let them find me here. My life is better ended by their hate Than death prorogued, wanted of thy love." He would have preferred to die then to have lived without Juliet, or

  1. Was Shakespeare a good dramatist?

    Within this essay I shall endeavor to pinpoint these stages in Romeo and Juliet to the best effect so that I can see what factors of this play make Shakespeare such a good dramatist. Shakespeare had to face many problems when he was writing his plays, he had to attract

  2. How does Shakespeare use language, characters and dramatic structures to introduce the theme of ...

    Shakespeare also decreased the time period. In Brooke's version Romeo and Juliet were married before Romeo is banished but in Shakespeare's version Romeo was banished the same day as Romeo and Juliet's wedding. Shakespeare included the prologue because it prepares the audience for a tragedy by presenting his two young lovers who are victims of their families' feud.

  1. Explain How Shakespeare Creates Dramatic Tension in III.v

    drizzle dew," with the heavy downpour of Juliet's tears for the metaphorical sunset that is the death of his nephew, "But for the sunset of my brother's son / It rains downright ...evermore showering? In one little body." The dramatic change in mood occurring between lines 141 and 196 shows

  2. Analyse the role of Mercutio in 'Romeo and Juliet, Act three scene one'

    Mercutio also has this ridiculous quarrel because he is determined to have a fight. He is time wasting to make sure he meets the Capulets. Mercutio may want to have a fight because the weather is hot and so he becomes irritable easily.

  1. With close reference to language in Romeo and Juliet, write about the effects that ...

    From lines 169 - 181, Romeo uses oxymorons to describe his feelings, as was fashionable with all poets at the time -"Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold flame, sick health, still-waking sleep". These are typical of a Petrarchan lover and this shows us just how confused Romeo's feelings are.

  2. How does Shakespeare engage the audience in Act One Scene Five of Romeo and ...

    Tension and suspense is created because Shakespeare implies happiness and love may not last. These words " gall, bitterest and poison" foreshadow the deaths, which occur later of Murcutio, Tybolt and Romeo and Juliet at the end of the play.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work