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Why is Act I Scene V of Romeo and Juliet an effective piece of Drama?

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Why is Act I Scene V of Romeo and Juliet an effective piece of Drama? In this assignment, I will comment in details about Act I Scene V. This scene can be separated into seven short sections, which have different events and mood. So I will comment on each section by using references to important developments and characters. Also, I will use concrete examples of the languages used by Shakespeare as evidence of each character's role. In this scene, we are introduced to Juliet's family and to Romeo. Their love is doomed from the start, because they belong to rival families. Their love will grow so strong to become more important than their life. As for Act I Scene V, it consists of seven short sections. In the first short section in Act I Scene V, lots of servants are preparing for the big party. They are very busy preparing for a great party. From this confusing section, Shakespeare makes readers know how big this party is going to be and how many people are invited by the Capulet. ...read more.


Romeo uses the above kinds of poetic expressions to say that Juliet's beauty is above everybody else's. In section 4, Tybalt recognises Romeo. He hates all Montagues therefore he tries to expel Romeo from his uncle's house impatiently. The quotations "What, dares the slave come hither" and "To strike him dead I hold it not a sin" represents how Tybalt hates Montague. He uses very strong and aggressive language and action. In contrast, Capulet responses very calmly and stops Tybalt as he tries to attack Romeo immediately, but Tybalt keeps trying to expel him so Capulet becomes increasingly angry. The following quotes "cock a hoop" and "go to! go to!" suggests his anger. The appearance of Tybalt so early in the play and his aggressive behaviour towards Romeo are the signs of how strong the hate between the two families is. His last speech, "Now seeming sweet convert to bitterest gall" implies that Tybalt and Romeo will fight and Tybalt's death will bring Romeo's banishment from town. Also, Lord Capulet does not realise that his attitude to Romeo in this scene will bring the two lovers' attraction to develop even though he did not mean it. ...read more.


The opening of the scene is concerned with everyday matters and the servants joke while they run around getting ready. When the party starts, Lord Capulet's speech makes reference to youth and dance. The strength of young people is compared with the weaknesses of old age. Lord Capulet greets his guests and then, has a private conversation with his cousin. When suddenly Tybalt recognises Romeo, the mood changes in two directions. Firstly, Tybalt's attitude and language are aggressive and he is furious at Romeo's insult. Secondly, Lord Capulet becomes angry at Tybalt's disobedience when he asks him to calm down. Generally speaking, the poetry is used when Romeo and Juliet speak to each other and prose when they are speaking to other characters or other characters' conversation. Although the 'balcony scene' is probably the most well known of the play, the first meeting of Romeo and Juliet in this scene is very important as well. The use of language and prose sets them apart from the rest of the characters. They do not care about their circumstances and their love is inevitable from the start. The scene affects the audience because of the contrast between the power of love and of family values; both of them seem incapable to accept reason and limit. ...read more.

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