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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? Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is about Romeo from the Montague family and Juliet from the Capulet family who meet and fall in love. But the problem is, their families are feuding. They tragically die because of their love for each other and then their families make up. I will be analysing Act I scene V of Romeo and Juliet and showing how it is an effective piece of drama, by showing the Dramatic effects, the Themes, and the Plot Development. In Shakespeare's time, the audience was live, and there were no special effects in places like the Globe theatre (Shakespeare's plays were written to be performed there), so the actors (or 'players') had to work hard in portraying their characters and scenes. Dramatic effects that could be created were through changes of mood and pace from section to section, and the behaviour of actors, with the emphasis of words, gesture, and movement. ...read more.

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Tybalt uses sibilance so he sounds spiteful. Tybalt has thoughts of revenge towards Romeo, and says, "I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall, Now seeming sweet, convert to bitt'rest gall." The hatred shown here affects the rest of the play because without this hatred, later in the play, Romeo would have not killed Tybalt, not got sent to Mantua, and the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet's death would have not happened. The theme of Love is portrayed when Romeo sees Juliet for the first time. "O, She doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night" He uses rhyming couplets and portrays Juliet as light, and beautiful compared to everything else. When Romeo and Juliet speak to each other for the first time, they are speaking in a sonnet, mirroring each other's words. They are literally in a world of their own, as they are separate from all the other characters on stage, and the audience is focused on them, even though there is still a party in the background. ...read more.

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At Capulet's party, they are to introduce Juliet to Paris, but Juliet does not fall in love with Paris, but with Romeo instead. The party also shows that Capulet has a large house with many servants and a large, full table of food and drink available for anyone who would like to take advantage of this. "Come, lets away, the strangers are all gone." This tells us that he would invite strangers into his house so they would enjoy themselves. This shows his status as quite high for that time, because people of that time were known for their kindness and generosity. The development of the plot shows the characters relationships and motivations grow. More action is introduced, and the audience become tense from the storyline. This scene is very significant towards the rest of the play, and is a significant piece of drama in that way, as the whole production of Romeo and Juliet is a very significant piece of drama itself. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sonya Woods 10S English GCSE Coursework Page 1 ...read more.

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