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Why is Act One Scene Five of "Romeo and Juliet" an effective piece of drama?

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Why is Act One Scene Five of "Romeo and Juliet" an effective piece of drama? Shakespeare makes Act One, Scene Five of "Romeo and Juliet" a very effective piece of drama. He uses dramatic devises such as monologues and a sonnet. He also uses a variety of language; some characters speak in poetry and others speak in prose. Also the way the scene is structured makes it an effective piece of drama. "Romeo and Juliet" is about the love between two people who are in feuding families and the tragedy that comes from their feuding. Romeo is in the Montague family and Juliet is in the Capulet family. Romeo and some of his friends gatecrash a Capulet party that has been set up for Juliet to meet a family friend called Paris who she is intended to marry. This is where Romeo and Juliet see each other for the first time and fall in 'love at first sight'. They agree to marry in secret the next day. Later on, Tybalt (a Capulet) kills Romeo's friend Mercutio. Romeo is made furious by this and kills Tybalt. Romeo is then banished from Verona. ...read more.

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Shakespeare uses lots of imagery using similes, metaphors, and personification. An example of a simile is when Romeo says "shows a snowy dove trooping with crows / As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows". Juliet is compared to a dove amongst crows who are the other people at the party. Shakespeare has used the idea of 'black and white' here. It shows how extreme Romeo's feelings are, and it also shows how simple their love is as there is no grey zone. Also Romeo describes Juliet using personification when he says, "she hangs upon the cheek of the night / Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear" Romeo is describing Juliet as a rich jewel. This suggests that she is valuable and hard to get. Romeo is also saying that she stands out against the darkness of the night and against everyone else at the party to him. Shakespeare's use of similes, metaphors and personification has the effect that it makes the scene more romantic. It helps to portray Romeo's feelings in this monologue to the audience because of Shakespeare's use of descriptive language. In the play Romeo's monologue talking about his love for Juliet is immediately followed by contrasting and very aggressive language from Tybalt when he recognises Romeo at the party. ...read more.

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Juliet and Paris were going to be married as a result of an arranged marriage. In Elizabethan times, arranged marriages were common, the main reason for them was to benefit the family. Juliet was being forced to marry Paris so that her family would become more powerful, have a higher status and have more money. This theme is not so relevant today because arranged marriages are not very common apart from in certain religious groups. The two families feuding caused Romeo and Juliet to commit suicide. In the end the families realised that their rivalry over money caused this. This is a theme relevant today because there are riots and gangs that behave in a similar way that the two families did in the play. In conclusion, I think that Act One Scene Five of "Romeo and Juliet" is a very effective piece of drama. This is because of the contrasting language used, use of imagery and shifts from poetry to prose. This keeps the audience interested throughout the scene. A lot happens in this scene and it is very fast moving. This makes this scene a more exciting drama. The scene also sets up the rest of the play; this keeps the audience interested, as they want to find out what is going to happen next. Katie Walters Page 1 ...read more.

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