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Shakespeare builds up the play to lead to Act 1 Scene V. We see that fate leads Romeo to the ball where he sees Juliet and falls instantly in love with her forgetting about Rosaline completely

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Why is Act 1 Scene V an effective piece of drama? Shakespeare builds up the play to lead to Act 1 Scene V. We see that fate leads Romeo to the ball where he sees Juliet and falls instantly in love with her forgetting about Rosaline completely. Act 1 Scene V is the pivotal scene in the play. Before the scene we saw that things were normal but after the scene we see that things take a turn for the worst. Act 1 Scene V triggers a series of events which ultimately leads to Romeo and Juliet's death. Shakespeare makes use of dramatic irony in Romeo and Juliet. He gives a glimpse of things to come in the prologue which leaves the audience with a sense of foreboding. This use of dramatic irony forces the audience to feel a range of emotions when Romeo and Juliet finally meet .The audience feel happy because Romeo and Juliet have fallen in love but at the same time they feel apprehensive and tense because they know that Romeo and Juliet's meeting can only lead to their death. The use of dramatic irony also allows the audience to interact and feel as if they are involved with the play. ...read more.

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In the fifth section Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time, share their first kiss and fall in love. This section is quite spellbinding because Romeo and Juliet seem to be in a world of their own. The section is romantic, but the dramatic irony means that the audience are caught between joy for the two lovers and unhappiness because of their inevitable death. The audience feel tension because they don't want Romeo and Juliet to meet but they do. In the following section Romeo finds out that Juliet is a Capulet. "O dear account, my life is my foe's debt" This tells us that Romeo's love for Juliet is absolute, and that his life is in Juliet's hands. Romeo is upset because he knows that Juliet can't be with him because their families are enemies. The mood of this section is sad, and shocking. The audience feel disappointment because Romeo and Juliet's families are sworn enemies. In the last section Juliet is distraught by the news that Romeo is a Montague. "My only love sprung from my only hate" This is the final section in the scene, the audience realize that the two lovers must keep their love a secret. ...read more.

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This also makes their love seem like God made it happen and reinforces the image of love and devotion. I think that Act 1 Scene V is a very effective piece of drama it keeps the audience interested and excited. It makes the audience want to know more about what fate will decide for Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare has been very clever because he has put little stories into one scene which captivates the audience. The audience would have received the scene well, everything has been leading up to it and when Romeo and Juliet finally meet the audience are not disappointed but rewarded for their patience. A modern audience would also question Romeo and Juliet's love, whereas Shakespeare's audience could have believed that Romeo and Juliet's love was genuine because of the use of religious imagery, a modern audience would not accept this concept as easily. Living in the world that we live in today where money is everything an audience would have questioned whether Romeo really loved Juliet or her money. I think that a modern audience would over analyse the scene and not fully understand that it is just the story of two people who fall in love. In my opinion Act 1 Scene V is effective because it keeps you interested and you want to believe that Romeo and Juliet do fall in love and that their love is real. ...read more.

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