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Shakespeare coursework: Examine the dramatic effectiveness and significance to the play of Act 1, Scene 5

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Shakespeare coursework: Examine the dramatic effectiveness and significance to the play of Act 1, Scene 5 ROMEO AND JULIET: The tragic romance play, two lovers passion that is out growing the immensity of both their families feud (Montague and Capulet). This play puts you in the place of two star Since the 16th century Shakespeare has written many famous tragedy plays that has struck lovers destined to life's final destination. Plays by Shakespeare entertained people especially Elizabethans who did not have TV unlike us today. The play Romeo and Juliet is very dramatic and full of foreboding 'a snowy dove trooping with crows' Crows are represented by death and darkness which states the obvious that Romeo and Juliet are going to die. This imagery of a snowy dove trooping with dove is using the lingual term of oxymoron as you do not get snowy doves trooping with crows. White contrasts with black and the two colours represent different things: White representing purity, cleanliness and light and black representing evil, dirtiness and darkness. ...read more.


This leads to a cataclysmic chain of events, which one is Mercutio's death. In the film equivalent of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo in love, at the Capulet party Tybalt is dressed as a devil, red represents anger and hot headedness. This shows that Tybalt represents the evil and the fuelled feuding between the Capulets and Montagues. His rage represents the apprehensiveness of the Montagues and Capulets. In act 1 scene 2 Benvolio suggests that Romeo to go to the Capulet party to get his mind of Rosaline, which he states, is his first love and there will be no one else who will make him interested 'compare her face with some that I shall show, and I will make thee think swan a crow' Benvolio compares Rosaline to a crow even though he as never seen Rosaline before. Act 1 scene 2 has a sense of foreboding as Romeo actually does find a more beautiful woman at the party ( Juliet). During act 1 scene 1 and act 1 scene 5 Romeo talks about his love for Rosaline and Juliet. When Romeo talks about Rosaline his language makes no sense. ...read more.


'My lips 2 blushing pilgrims' Romeo uses this quote to sneakily get a kiss from Juliet .When Romeo and Juliet first meet Romeo takes her hand expressing courtly love and they both share a sonnet. Sonnets were very popular in Elizabethan England as there was no other source of entertainment such as TV or radio and they would of instantly known that this sonnet was a love poem. To prove that they are madly in love Juliet returns the kiss using the same religious language 'Thus from my lips by thine my sin is purged. Then have my lips the is that they have took.' During this scene Romeo uses light to describe Juliet to light and very valuable things' She doth teaches the torches to burn bright' Light symbolises life, beauty and purity and Romeo says she is more beautiful than all that he does not compare Rosaline to light as it is not his true love. 'Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!' This quote is significant as it shows dramatic irony as Juliet's beauty represents the peace and by Romeo and Juliet dying they bring peace to their feuding families. ...read more.

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