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Language & Literature Coursework: Shakespeare; Romeo & Juliet Q. How does Shakespeare maintain tension and interest in Act 1 scene 5 and who do you blame for Romeo's and Juliet's death? Shakespeare maintains interest in Act 1 scene 5 using dramatic devices like dramatic irony, mood/atmosphere, shifts of focus, contrasts of emotion language etc. As well as imagery, hyperbole, contrast of language and so on. Shakespeare tends to use contrast which means placing two things in comparison (in this case probably two characters) highlighting the qualities of one thing to the less apparent one. For instance when the feeling of pain is contrasted with the feeling of relaxation people would appreciate relaxation because they wouldn't know what I would be talking about unless they felt pain. In other words, contrast shows the reader the appreciation of one quality only through the experience of both the qualities that are being juxtaposed. The essay that I will be writing will be about what characters are the most to blame for Romeo and Juliet's death, but first I will be writing about how Shakespeare maintains tension and interest in Act 1 scene 5. At the end of Act 1 scene 4, the mood of the play is foreboding this is due to Romeo's soliloquy as it seems that he has foreseen his death, Romeo expresses this by saying a '...consequence, yet hanging in the stars...' knowing that fate doesn't allow him to be with Juliet. Also Romeo's soliloquy consists of dramatic irony Shakespeare shows this '...vile forfeit of untimely death...' which means that Romeo is having a premonition of something that might happened to him gravely. This is dramatic irony as the audience knows what will happen to Romeo and that his premonition is of his death. Furthermore Shakespeare creates tension by Romeo's carefully chosen words announcing his strong belief in God. '...He that hath steerage of my course...' ...read more.


The play opens with a fight between the servants of the Capulets and the servants of the Montagues, this already tells the reader at what magnitude of hatred is there between these two families, although it doesn't tell the reader how the feud began. The feud between these two families is so great that even the prince of Verona has to intervene as it is causing a problem portraying him as a symbol of order but even he cannot stop it, again Shakespeare is expressing the families' magnitude of hatred towards each other. Then the discussion begins between Romeo and Benvolio-his cousin-we discover that Romeo is in love or more like infatuated as well as depressed with Roseline due to her not returning love for him. However Romeo then sees Juliet in the Capulet party he gate crashed with his companions he secretly falls in love with her and so does she. Later on in the play they eventually get married only the Friar and the Nurse knowing about it. After that Tybalt has a fight with Mercutio who is related to the Prince of Verona, the fight leads to Mercutio's death. Romeo then fights and kills Tybalt for the revenge of his friend Mercutio, the result of this is that Romeo is exiled from Verona. Juliet becomes distressed with the news of Romeo's banishment and is pressurized from her family, in particular her father Lord Capulet to marry Paris. On the other hand Friar Lawrence come up with a plan for Romeo and Juliet to be together, he does this by giving Juliet a potion which makes it seem that she is dead but she wakes up from a sleep 24 hours later. By then the family would have placed her in the tombs, below ground level and because of this and not the usual burial process it seems as the perfect plan. ...read more.


I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee. This further shows his ever increasing passion towards hate and loyalty towards his family. In conclusion, Romeo and Juliet is a romantic tragedy which consists of tension, amusing parts and the climax of several characters actions. Thought and emotion play a major role as they all somehow revolve around each other. In addition to this every character has a part to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet however fate which people at the time believed in or were fatalistic- that life was controlled by a more powerful force or presence. There are numerous key characters that are to be blamed for the death of Romeo and Juliet, but fate is the most to be blamed. It is as if fate will not allow these two to be together and in result a tragic event occurs. This takes a toll on both the families as well as the royals as Paris and Mercutio were killed. When Romeo and Juliet die it causes the feud to end as both families finally recognize their wrong and mourn for the death of their young. Furthermore the Prince's family were affected by the feud as well, as two of their relatives were killed; Paris and Mercutio. Actually both of them had died due to their own fault as it was Mercutio's pride and quick temper and Paris' anger and misunderstanding. But what plays mostly in everything of this play is fate. However there was a minor repelling force which allowed Romeo to meet Juliet but fate's course was to repel these two lovers as they weren't meant to be, all these actions are against fate. Also once fate culminates it becomes unstable as it reaches its peak, finally it then releases the mounting pressure and a tragic event occurs time after time leaving death behind its trail; Mercutio, Tybalt, Paris, Romeo and Juliet. Subject: English Ibrahim Hassan-Adde (11T2) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mr. Perrot Romeo and Juliet Page 1 ...read more.

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