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

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Romeo and Juliet Assignment Why is Act One Scene Five of 'Romeo and Juliet' an effective piece of drama? The story of Romeo and Juliet was written in 1599 by William Shakespeare. Said to be one of the greatest love stories ever written, it tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers and their struggle to be together. The story blends comedy, love, heartbreak and tragedy together to form one of the greatest plays of all time. I believe that one of the most important parts of the play is the events which occur in Act One Scene Five. In this scene Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time, fall in love at first sight and swear their love to each other. The scene begins with the servants preparing for the Capulets' annual party. At this point there is a fairly hectic yet comical mood as the servants are in a rush to try and have everything ready for the party. The scene begins in prose as the only characters present are the low class servants. This part is used to get the attention of the audience as there is a lot going on. This makes them wonder and anticipate what is about to happen next. It lets them know that there is something big about to happen. The mood changes slightly when all of Lord Capulet's guests start to arrive. ...read more.

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Tybalt loses as Lord Capulet threatens to dishonour him if he makes a scene. During this part of the scene the mood is very tense; the audience is not sure how the situation will turn out. Will Tybalt start a fight with Romeo or will he obey Lord Capulet and deal with the situation like a gentleman? This keeps the audience in suspense and gets their full attention span for Romeo and Juliet's first meeting. While the battle of wills between Lord Capulet and Tybalt goes on, Romeo walks over and introduces himself to Juliet. The focus of the audience is shifted to the two almost immediately, the audience is so wrapped up in what is going to happen next between them that the feud between Lord Capulet and Tybalt is forgotten about. Shakespeare wanted to make the meeting of the two something special. He wanted to please the crowds, yet in the day of Shakespeare there were no special effects to emphasize the moment. He does it more subtly than we realise. When Romeo and Juliet first meet, their initial words together form a sonnet. This makes the two stand out from the crowd; it adds a sense of magic and wonder to the story. Juliet says, "Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much, Which mannerly devotion shows in this: For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch, And palm to palm is holy palmers kiss." ...read more.

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Shakespeare raises may moral issues in this play, he shows the hate and ignorance of youth, when Tybalt wants to rush into a fight with Romeo; the inequality of women in his day, when Juliet is forced to marry Paris; the power of love, the measures that the two take to be together; and the damage of hate and envy, the family feud. All of these issues add to the sense of realism that the play contains. It allows us to connect with the characters and understand their motives, yet at the same time sympathise with their situations. In conclusion, I believe that Act One Scene Five contains some of the most important and profound events of the entire play. It marks the turning point where things begin to go wrong. Had the Capulet's party never taken place, Romeo and Juliet would never have met and Tybalt would never have sworn revenge on Romeo. It is these two occasions that I feel determine the outcome of the entire play. If Romeo and Juliet had never met, then there never would have been a story, but as a result of their meeting, Tybalt killed Mercutio, and later Romeo killed Tybalt. Had Romeo never have killed Tybalt, he would never have been banned from Verona and he and Juliet, may have had a chance of being together. ?? ?? ?? ?? James Collins ...read more.

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