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The Dramatic Impact and Structural Importance of Act I Scene 5 - Romeo and Juliet.

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The Dramatic Impact and Structural Importance of Act I Scene 5 The opening stages of the play Romeo and Juliet are dramatic firstly because of the title, which is the biggest clue that something hugely dramatic is about to happen in this play. It is a huge clue, which causes tension and suspense because it immediately tells us the audience that the play is based on two people called Romeo and Juliet. When he hear those two attractive names we make an instant connection in our minds to the words romance and joy, well I do anyway! This connection immediately tells the audience that Romeo and Juliet must be connected in some way either by romance or by joy. Another reason why the title of the play is so dramatic is because in most plays where the name of a man and a woman make up the title of the play it usually means that we are about to see a play involving love, hate and of course romance. The anticipation that comes from waiting to know who Romeo and Juliet actually are causes a lot of suspense raising the tension throughout the eagerly waiting audience. At the start of the play the audience hear Shakespeare announce the basic outline of what happens in the story confined into a few verses of poetic beauty. The audience learn from Shakespeare's very fist words that the play is about two families who are so alike in honour and dignity yet hugely divided by an ancient rivalry that there bickering ancestors started. This is an example of dramatic impact whereby the audience are given the idea that Romeo and Juliet might have something to do with these two bitterly divided families, which causes suspense. Then Shakespeare in his opening prologue goes on to talk about a pair of star-crossed lovers born of the two rivalling families end up taking there own lives. ...read more.

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In the audiences eyes Romeo is their friend whereas Tybalt is their hated foe. Tybalt is the foe because he has been portrayed as a monster from the very beginning of the play. An example of Tybalt being portrayed as a monster is in the fight scene at the beginning of the play where his attitude to Benvolio the friendliest person in the entire play can only be described as evil. Romeo is both the dear friend and ally of the audience because he is a young and very friendly courageous man of honour. Romeo invites friendship whereas Tybalt opposes it. Tybalt then says "Now by the stock and honour of my kin, To strike him dead I hold it not a sin" What Tybalt is saying hear is that he feels it's his duty to rid the world of any Montague who offends or dishonours any member of his family. He truly believes that striking Romeo down is the right thing to do because in his eyes Romeo is a villainous rogue and so he believes it not a sin to kill a Montague, as they are all villainous rogues. This increases the feeling of suspense and tension adding to the dramatic effect because the audience now realise that there is nothing to stop Tybalt from killing Romeo. This is a key moment in the play where suspense and tension are at an all time high and the only man who can save Romeo now is Lord Capulet but the audience don't know that yet. Lord Capulet intervenes saying to Tybalt "Why how now, kinsman, wherefore storm you so?" The feeling of suspense and tension amongst the audience at this point is still high because they don't know how Lord Capulet is going to react to Romeo's presence. Thankfully Lord Capulet is still in a very good mood and is hell-bent on not letting anything go wrong at his feast, he wants it to be perfect. ...read more.

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It is a terrible twist of faith, which brings these two star-crossed lovers together causing the audience to feel terribly sorrow for Juliet's plight as they have just done for Romeo. The moment in this scene were both Romeo and Juliet find out each others identities is a key moment of drama in the play as the dramatic effect created by each moment has a very powerful effect over the audience and the outcome of the play. In conclusion writing this essay I have discussed and explained the key moments of drama that create a feeling of suspense and build up tension both at the start of the play before anything has happened and in Act I Scene 5. I have discussed how all of these moments of drama manage to create suspense and build up tension affecting the audience. Romeo and Juliet is one of the best plays I have ever read, it is a masterpiece by William Shakespeare. I cannot help but try to imagine how clever this man must have been in order to have written a play as complex as Romeo and Juliet. Although this play is a tragedy, every time I read it I cant help but laugh at the irony of it all. I laugh at the fact that it seems so real yet at the same time so unreal. I love the way Shakespeare uses his great sense of humour to create superb comedy in parts of the play and this is what makes it so much more real. I know it seems a little sick to say that a tragedy of a story like Romeo and Juliet where nearly all of the main characters die is somewhat ironically funny but it is and that's what makes it such a great play. This is the end of my essay and thank you for reading it; I hope I have explained the importance of dramatic impact over the audience as best as I can. English Coursework 5 Romeo and Juliet essay Magdi Dawood 11W Page 1 Candidate no. 3728 ...read more.

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