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Why is Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet and effective piece of drama?

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Why is Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet and effective piece of drama? Romeo and Juliet is a play based on romance and tragedy. The play has a fast pace and is set over a period of five days. It is carefully crafted technically to create some of the most poetic scenes in the English language. Fate plays a large part in the lives of Romeo and Juliet and the actions other characters takes has consequences on their fate. Act 1 Scene 5 incorporates many of the play's themes. It begins with three servants preparing for an important occasion, a masked ball. We get the impression that the servants are taking the masque ball very seriously, and want everything to go well. Their speeches are lively but with a sense of panic, urgency, haste and not coping. For example "You are looked for called for, asked for and sought for, in the great chamber". This is short and sharp and to the point which adds to the impression the audience gets of urgency. They get a sense that on the surface it is graceful but very busy behind the scenes and the Elizabethan audience would have been interested and entertained by the humorous interaction between the servants. As the servants exit Capulet enters. ...read more.


"This by his name should be a Montague. Fetch me my rapier, boy". His first impulse is to kill Romeo. We see that he is an aggressive character that is always looking for a fight. He starts to dwell on it and feels that Romeo has come to mock them and undermine this special occasion. The harder, sharper language that he uses shows ideas of revenge, aggression and death. Tybalt wants something done about this intrusion so he goes to see Lord Capulet. Capulet, at first, is very easy going. He is even tempered and the tone of his language is softer, he does not want to rock the boat, he does not want that atmosphere that he has created to be ruined. He sees himself as the leader of the family, who is very well respected. When people disobey him he changes from an easy going person to an aggressive man with a fiery temper "Go to. Am I the master here or you? Go to. You'll not endure him". This shows how quickly he can change. Capulet wants the happy atmosphere of the ball to be retained. He will let nothing destroy it. He wants everything to go smoothly and he will not let Tybalt and his fiery temper destroy it. ...read more.


This adds to the disturbance by the nurse. Disaster strikes as they both find out that they are from rival families. Romeo finds out first. "Is she a Capulet? Oh dear account! May life is my foe's debt." This shows that Romeo understands that she is a Capulet and that he has pledged his heart to her. The language he uses shows how distraught he is about finding out about this. When Juliet finds out she reacts in a similar way. "She realises that her love has come from hate. "My only love sprung from my only hate." The language that she uses is still poetic but the sadness that she feels comes through. The idea of fate now is very strong. Only after they pledge their love, they find out that they are on different sides. Fate played a big part in their first meeting. Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 5 is an effective piece of drama because it has a lot different aspects. Many of the themes that are included throughout the whole play are concentrated into this one scene. The range of characters, the language that they use, the ideas of love, hate, feuding, and friendliness all in one scene make it captivating for any audience at any time. ?? ?? ?? ?? Harriet King ...read more.

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