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Romeo And Juliet Why is Act 1 Scene5 of Romeo and Juliet such an effective piece of drama?

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Romeo And Juliet Why is Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet such an effective piece of drama? Juliet has been betrothed to Paris and the Capulets are holding a masked ball to celebrate. Earlier in the day the family had been involved in a brawl with their deadly enemies, the Montagues. At the beginning of scene 5, Shakespeare makes the audience impatient by showing the servants preparing for the Capulet ball. They move with haste and panic, moving furniture and carrying dishes, calling out "He shift a trencher...scrape a trencher", and this helps to increase the audience's feeling of anticipation. We know that the Montague boys, including Romeo, intend coming to the celebration wearing masks to disguise themselves and this feels us with anticipation and excitement because they might begin fighting again. Shakespeare manipulates us with effective drama at this point. Lord Capulet enters and welcomes the guests. He is speaking in verse to create a different effect to the language spoken by the servants. He says "What man...tis not, so much..." and "Come Pentecost as quickly as it will". This makes the tone a lot happier and funnier than what it was before. This keeps the audience interest in it, as they would not get bored. It also emphasizes the difference in class between Capulet and the servants. Capulet is a very senior figure in society whereas the servants are just low life workers. ...read more.

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Tybalt says, "To strike him dead...not a sin." This is saying that he feels that if he killed Romeo it would not be a sin as he is doing it for his family and it serves Romeo right for entering the Capulet ball. He calls Romeo a "villain" and sets out to kill Romeo. Here we see the harsh truth of Tybalt. We see that he is determined enough to kill Romeo. The audience hopes and prays for this not to happen but we know that it is more than likely that Tybalt will eventually come after Romeo and attempt to murder him. When Romeo and Juliet first meet at line 96 it is love at first sight. Romeo speaks first to Juliet. He opens up the conversation saying, "If I profane with my unworthiest hand, this holy shrine, the gentle fine is this"; he is saying that her hand, her beauty is like a sacred shrine. It is perfect and that there is nothing wrong with her. He is taken back by her exquisiteness as he says, "My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand." Romeo knows he must kiss her as she says "...stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss." When they talk to each other they refer to one another as Pilgrims, beginning on a journey of love. ...read more.

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Shakespeare makes the audience very nervous when Juliet finds out whom Romeo is. We want everything to be all right between them but we don't know yet whether they will eventually have a relationship. In Act 1 Scene 5 Shakespeare creates the atmosphere with great effect. We as the audience feel very apprehensive about what is happening in the scene and what we have just witnessed between Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare creates excitement and interest with great effect. The mood in the play changes all the time. At one point the mood is romantic with Romeo and Juliet meeting and kissing for the first time. There is also an aggressive type of mood in the play with Tybalt wanting to murder Romeo for entering the Capulets ball. The dramatic impact this play has is enormous. Shakespeare uses different language and moods to keep the audience interested and fascinated. He uses a contrast in verse and prose and also changes the mood from romantic to aggressive and angry. I feel that Shakespeare makes Act 1 Scene 5 a very good piece of effective drama. Mainly because he keeps us interested in the play by using dramatic dialogue. I thoroughly enjoyed what we read of the play, which was Act 1 Scene 5, and I will certainly get hold of a copy and finish reading 'Romeo and Juliet'. English Coursework-Romeo and Juliet Daniel Barnes Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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