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Romeo & Juliet - How does Shakespeare make Act 1 Scene 5 Dramatic and exciting for an audience?

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English Coursework Romeo & Juliet How does Shakespeare make Act 1 Scene 5 Dramatic and exciting for an audience? Act 1 Scene 5. This scene involves a party at Capulet's house, which Romeo gate crashes with the intent of seeing a girl he likes named Rosaline. When he gets to the party Capulet (not knowing who he is) welcomes him in and then goes into memories of his days gate crashing parties. Rosaline is nowhere to be seen. Then during the party he sees Capulets daughter Juliet dancing and falls for her not knowing who she is. He decides to introduce himself and grabs her hand. ...read more.


The suspense adds to the dramatic climax of the scene as well, an example of this is the audience wondering whether Romeo will get discovered under his mask or not. It is clear who the servants and the masters are by how thy speak as commoners speak in sentences and quite normally but the higher ranking members speak in rhyme making it obvious to tell who's who and also adding to the volupture and grandness of the scene. Shakespeare also gives the scene a slight comedy aspect using the lazy servants at the start of the scene. Probably the largest contributor to the excitement is the Dramatic Irony created by the children of the two opposing families falling in love and not knowing each other's true identity. ...read more.


There is more dramatic irony again later on when Juliet wonders if he is married because if he is this will be her deathbed 'my grave is like to be my wedding bed' as at the end of the play her wedding bed is her deathbed. The opulence of the occasion would fascinate the audience since the majority of them were from fairly poor homes and had never seen such fanciful things as they could see in this scene. The scene ends quite dramatically with Juliet's poem after finding out Romeo's true Identity: 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. Overall it is one of the most exciting and dramatic scenes in the play. Matthew Slack 12/09/03 ...read more.

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