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Romeo & Juliet Coursework In this piece of coursework, I am going to be writing about how Shakespeare used dramatic devices in Act 1 scene 5 of Romeo & Juliet. Dramatic devices are elements of the play that allow the writer to build up tension or other intended effects. These effects influence the action of the play and the response of the characters and audience. There are lots of different types of dramatic devices you can have in a play/story. For example you can have a very slow, romantic pace changed all the way up to a fast, angry and furious pace to make the scene feel dramatic and have a different atmosphere. You could even have different types of speeches to have a different effect, which enables the writer to show the different status of the characters in that play/story. Another dramatic device could be dramatic irony. This is when the audience know more than the characters. This is another way of creating the tension and the tense atmosphere. Act One, Scene five is very important to the whole of the play. First of all, this scene is where Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time and fall in love. This is also the scene where Tybalt spots Romeo, a Montague, at the party given by his uncle, Lord Capulet. ...read more.


The atmosphere becomes more romantic and the pace of the play slows down. This is to engage the audiences' attention. Romeo is expressing his feelings towards Juliet as he sees her for the first time. His speech is in rhyming couplets, similes and metaphors to emphasise his feelings of love towards Juliet. This is ironic as he swore before that he would love no one except Rosaline: "Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night" Tybalt interrupts the romantic mood by going to Lord Capulet and complaining about a Montague, Romeo, in the Capulet household. This could be a sign to the audience about the difficulties that are going to come in the future if Romeo and Juliet fall in love. Lord Capulet tries to calm down the pace of the play by telling Tybalt to forget Romeo and enjoy the rest of the party. The pace of the play then quickens and the atmosphere becomes tense and full of suspense as Lord Capulet loses his temper and urges Tybalt to calm down: "Go to, go to, you are a saucy boy...for shame...I'll make you quiet." This use of characterisation by Shakespeare demonstrates that Lord Capulet has a very short temper. Tybalt's speech is poetic which indicates his status is in the Capulet household. ...read more.


In an attempt to find out more about Romeo, Juliet asks questions about other men before coming on to Romeo. Clearly, Juliet is trying to disguise her true feelings towards Romeo. This is strange because Juliet normally confides in the nurse as if she is Juliet's best friend. When Juliet finds out Romeo is Capulet, she is shaken by the truth. As soon as she finds out, Juliet's speech is in rhyming couplets: "My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me, That I must love a loathed enemy." Again Shakespeare uses rhyming couplets to create a dramatic effect in Juliet's speech. Romeo and Juliet leave the scene separately. This could be a way of showing the difficulties that await them in the near future. Overall, I think that Romeo and Juliet is a good play. I also think all these dramatic devices add a lot to the play. For example, a soliloquy engages the audience and characterisation shows different sides of the character like Lord Capulet. He ha a humorous side to him and he has a short temper. With out the dramatic devices; the audience will have lost interest in the play. Shakespeare uses rhyming couplets in the romantic lines between Romeo and Juliet. I think this is very clever because it engages the audience and also makes the atmosphere romantic. This sort of device also shows that both Romeo and Juliet are made for each other. JAGTAR SINGH GILL 10YELLOW 1 ...read more.

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