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

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Why is Act One Scene V of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ an effective piece of drama?

‘Romeo and Juliet’ is a play, telling the tragic story of two lovers kept apart by their family’s hate for one another. It was written by William Shakespeare. First published in 1597, the play is set in the Italian city of Verona and is themed on the love between Juliet, the daughter of the Capulet household, and Romeo, the son of the Montague household. Together they are forced to hide their love for one another due to the Capulet and Montague’s bitter rivalry. Juliet, of the Capulet household, is being primed for a marriage to Paris, while Romeo is apparently in love with a woman called Rosaline, whom we never actually see in the play. The play, as agreed by many critics, is one of Shakespeare’s earlier works, and, unusually for his earlier stories is one of tragedy. The play, not unusually for Shakespeare, is full of contrasts, comparisons and dramatic moments, which all add to the full amount of variety of events that occur. As well as contrast, there are also many coincidences, as in Act One Scene V where Romeo temporarily forgets about the true love of his life, Rosaline. This, moments after he sets his eyes on Juliet, a suggestion of love at first sight.

In reference to Juliet: “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight; for I ne’er saw true beauty till this night”

The play also moves on at tremendous pace, being staged over only four days. This is an effective decision by Shakespeare, as all of the action that is in the play seems to happen continuously giving great dramatic effect. The play begins at nine in the morning on the Sunday and ends as dawn is about to break on the Thursday. The scene upon which my essay is based, Act One Scene V, takes place on the Sunday evening.

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The scene is when Romeo and Juliet first meet in the Capulet mansion at a party held by Capulet. We see that Romeo and other members of the Montague family have gatecrashed the party, all wearing masks.  In this piece of writing I will explore the scene and explain what are the particularly effective pieces of drama that make for such an enthralling, action-packed scene.

Act One Scene V can be split into seven sections in which the mood of the scene changes vastly. The first of which is before the party takes off, where the servants prepare for ...

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