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How does Shakespeare make 1:5 dramatically effective and bring out the beauty and romance of the occasion? The play Romeo and Juliet was written in 1595 by the famous playwright William Shakespeare. Shakespeare interpreted the play from a poem, originally translated from Italian by Arthur Brooke called "Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet", timelessly to create a piece of performed art that has lived on successfully into the modern day to be enjoyed by audiences all around the world. The story of the play tells of two feuding families the Capulets and the Montagues who have a passionate hatred for one another due to tradition in their heritage; this is a fundamental theme of the play. The characters are split mainly between the two families due to their relationships to the main characters Romeo and Juliet; Juliet to the Capulet family and Romeo to the Montague family. Featured characters that are integral to the main plotline are: Tybalt, Mercutio, Friar Lawrence, Nurse, Benvolio, Capulet, Lady Capulet, Balthasar and obviously Romeo and Juliet. There are many other characters that are involved in my selected scene and the rest of the play such as the clown who gives away the time and place of the party to the Montagues and the Apothecary who gives Romeo the poison that takes his life. Within this piece of coursework I am concentrating on the party scene, Act 1 Scene 5; this is where the union of Romeo and Juliet takes place and the characters are shown to us in their every light. The themes of the play are very much brought to life by this scene in particular where we see love and hatred and light and dark between all the characters due to the language and setting. ...read more.


Tybalt's style of expressing himself is very similar to Romeo's in terms of rhyming couplets and imagery. But, to add dramatic effect, is passionate words are focused on hate and murder in contrast to Romeo's love and beauty: "A villain that is hither come in spite, To scorn at our solemnity this night." This great contrast provokes a huge amount of dramatic effect because to see this pure hatred and violence on stage would be thrilling and engaging with the audience. The contrast between Tybalt and Romeo conveys drama and therefore makes the section a large part of the overall quantity of dramatic effect. The meeting of Romeo and Juliet provokes an incredible amount of religious and physical imagery between the two lovers and emotional and romantic language. Firstly, Romeo and Juliet speak in sonnet form ("if I profane..." to "...I take"). There is specialty in Shakespeare's sonnets due to the change he made to them from the original Italian form used by famous writers such as Francesco Petrarca in the fourteenth century. Shakespeare became the most famous practitioner of the new English form of sonnet but did not originally make the alterations. He used their form as a-b-a-b, c-d-c-d, e-f-e-f, g-g which is used classically in Romeo and Juliet's expression of love to one another. Sonnets were used by Shakespeare to express love from one person to another as love poetry, showing that Romeo and Juliet's exchange of love is real and not just spontaneous. They fit perfectly into the situation Romeo and Juliet are both in and although the audience might not be able to recognise the sonnet form within a long play such as Romeo and Juliet they hold with them an attractive quality due to the rhyme and decasyllabic lines. ...read more.


In conclusion I believe that 1:5 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is extremely dramatically effective with all of the different occurrences in the scene. Firstly I think that one of the most influential techniques used in the scene is the change of pace between the sections. For example the way Shakespeare changes the mood between Romeo's slow statements of love for Juliet to Tybalt's quick anger-stricken statement of hatred towards the Montagues. This provokes excitement throughout the audience because of the quick alternatives between extreme emotions and characters. The language conveys many emotions within many of the characters. We see the bright, religious imagery of Romeo and Juliet and the aggressive language of Tybalt; this contrast conveys incredible excitement for the audience and gets them heavily involved in the plot. The way the characters, in particular Romeo and Tybalt, speak in rhyming couplets thrills the audience and creates a feeling it is more important; the linguistic technique used by the Shakespeare heightens the drama in the scene. Everything involved in the scene, the actual things that occur make it one of the most charming and beautiful sections of the play. Romeo and Juliet's meeting, the most important event in the play, is extremely dramatically effective together with all the language and imagery. It can relate to the modern day; falling in love can happen to everyone and involves their emotions in the play to experience what the characters are feeling. The beautiful yet tragic love story is brought to life in this single scene. Any audience can appreciate the romance and hatred of the classic section of the play. The universal themes of love and hate live on in the present day and will bring this play to many more generations in the future. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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