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  1. Explore the ways in which Shakespeare makes Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective

    This is a good example of how culturally and socially developed we are now compared to back in the 1500's. In modern day era children have there own choice to see whom to marry, rather then the decision of their parents. In this scene (I.III.-) we see Lady Capulet deciding on who Juliet should marry where in today's Northern Ireland we hardly see any of this. The scene begins with Capulet organising the party. By Capulet rushing about the stage speaking to various people all at the same time, Shakespeare builds up pace and anxiety to the start of the party.

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  2. Explore Shakespeares presentation of violence in Act 1 Scene 1 and Act 3 Scene 1of Romeo and Juliet

    It is used in this scene because at the beginning Sampson and Gregory are talking and as they are servants, they don't have a very high status 'a dog of that house shall move me to stand: I will take the wall of any man or maid of the Montague's.' This change in language makes the audience listen more to what the actors are saying and it tells them that there was a change in scene and status. Also Sampson and Gregory talk about very manly subjects like fighting and women which is a contrast from the very poetic and formal prologue 'I'll strike quickly being moved' In this scene there are 6 main characters.

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  3. Romeo And Juliet Act 3 Scene 5 In this scene Shakespeare makes Romeo and Juliets situation even more difficult. Why is this scene so dramatic?

    Time is running out for the "star cross lovers". The audience know many things that Capulet dose not like (Juliet is married to Romeo) this is building dramatic irony as well as tension. Act 3 scene 5 starts with Romeo and Juliet talking, after their first and only night together. The audience knows that Juliet's father has plans for her and Paris to be married- she doesn't. The audience also know that Juliet's mother may come in at any time this adds to the tensions.

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  4. In Shakespeare play Romeo & Juliet Act 3 scene 1 , is seen as one of the most dramatic climaxes in the play.

    As the start of this scene, there is a sense of great tension in the air. This is highlighted when Benvolio begs Mercutio to leave, "the day is hot, Capulet's abroad and if we meet, I shall not scape a brawl" this indicates that Benvolio is quite worried at this point because he can sense the heat of the day is making them on edge and if the Capulet's turn up it will been trouble. This makes the audience get the impression from the start of the play that there is some exciting hanging in the air because there is abound to be trouble and everyone is waiting tensely to find out what it will be.

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  5. Conflict is central to Romeo and Juliet

    The first is the physical conflict that is the constant hatred between the Capulets and the Montagues. The second is the emotional conflict that is the inner turmoil of young Romeo Montague, who is very confused with love. He is in love with a girl called Rosalyne, however the love is unrequited-so she doesn't love him back. Act 1 Scene 1 sees the 2 types of conflict fairly distant, however as the play develops, they start to intertwine- leading to the deaths of both Romeo and Juliet; also bringing, perhaps ironically the end to both conflicts.

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  6. Using Act 3 Scene V as a focus, examine the role of Lord Capulet in Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet

    This tells us that Lady Capulet is realistic about their age however Capulet thinks he is still able to fight amongst the youths. The fact that Lady Capulet is able to talk to Capulet out of turn in public shows that however strong Capulet may be perceived he is still unable to keep control of his wife. The fact that Lady Capulet is much younger than her husband suggests that the marriage was not based on love and that they have a distant relationship.

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  7. How does Shakespeare create empathy for Juliet in act 3 scene 5?

    "let me be tane, let me be put to death," The word tane means to be taken. This could suggest Romeo would rather leave than be killed however this could also suggest Romeo would rather die than leave Juliet, Shakespeare compares Romeo's love for Juliet with death to emphasise the power of love. He could also compare Romeo's love for Juliet with death as the pair are 'star-cross'd' lovers so they might as well be dead as they are not meant to be together. Both characters suggest acts of suicide throughout the play, this suggests that they would rather die than spend their lives apart and that they will do anything to be together.

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  8. In Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet, there is a dramatic sense of romance and danger. How does Shakespeare convey these emotions through his text? Consider how Baz Luhrmanns interpretation of this scene has brought out the emotions present in the te

    Benvolio advises Romeo to go to the Capulet feast and compare her to the other women there. The consequences of this scene are largely involved with death as Tybalt kills Mercutio and then is killed himself by Romeo in revenge, as he and Mercutio were best friends. Therefore, Romeo is banished to Mantua and Juliet takes a potion to avoid marrying Paris. Friar Lawrence plans go awry and both lovers take their own lives. To truly understand "Romeo and Juliet", its historical and social context must be considered.

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  9. With particular reference to Act 1 Scene 5, Act 3 Scene 1 and Act 3 Scene 5, consider how Shakespeare builds tension and brings out the drama of these scenes for an audience?

    it was custom for b***s to be themed. The ball featured in the play was a masked ball. This made it easy for Romeo to enter without any suspicions. Unlike the modern day all b***s were by invitation only. The fact that in effect Romeo is 'gate crashing' the ball builds tension even more and leaves the audience waiting in anticipation to find out what happens. As his friends dance, Romeo watches, and we watch for the moment when he and Juliet will meet. Meanwhile, Capulet gives some orders to the servants and talks with Second Capulet, a cousin of his, saying, "Ah, sirrah, this unlook'd-for sport comes well" (1.5.29).

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  10. In the play Romeo and Juliet the conflict is the establishment of the play as there is conflict between the two families the whole way through and there is fighting because of it.

    Moral, emotional, religious, social and private force; the conflict is expressed and explored through the play. The mention of conflict in the play is about a family feud between the Montague and Capulet families. The idea of conflicts in the play is it adds a sense of excitement .In the prologue it mentions that there will be conflict in the play to come so it p****s our interest which is intriguing. Shakespeare uses dialogue that is expressed into his play .Shakespeare creates this conflict to set off the play by interesting the audience.

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  11. Discuss Shakespeares portrayal of love and its dramatic effects in Romeo & Juliet

    Shakespeare also introduces courtly love, for example Romeo's love for Rosaline. Ladies were thought to be weaker than men two quotes which support my idea is when Sampson the servant of the Capulates says 'tis true, and therefore, being the weaker vessels', 'and I will be cruel with the women, I will cut off their heads'. Gregory and Sampson think that women are a much weaker s*x and should be treated differently compared to men, they are also very offensive towards them. This shows that the Elizabethan period was more of a patriarchal society, where men dominated.

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  12. Juliets relationship with her father in Act 3 scene 5

    He is suggesting that when a girl gets married so young, later in life they could be psychologically and physically affected. We get the impression that maybe his own wife, Lady Capulet was married young or maybe a previous bride of Capulet, and so he is showing he does care for Juliet and does not want anything to happen to her. Although Capulet is not sure about Paris' suit, he does not know if he will ever find another man as perfect as Paris, so his emphasis is very much on delaying thoughts of marriage rather than putting Paris off completely.

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  13. How does Shakespeare build Lord Capulets mood in this scene?

    He was wrong. His plan provokes the opposite reaction to the one he expected. He expects Juliet to cheer up rather more quickly than she did after Tybalt's death, but he is surprised to find her "still in tears". Personally I cannot blame her for being upset, Capulet, on the other hand, seems very nonplussed over the death of his "brother's son". Capulet describes the death of Tybalt thus: "When the sun sets, the air doth drizzle dew; But for the sunset of my brother's son It rains downright" Capulet does effectively say that Tybalt's death is more catastrophic than the death of day when he compares the two as downpour and drizzle respectively.

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  14. Direct Act 3 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet from Enter Mother (Lady Capulet below) to the end of the scene.

    As Romeo leaves Juliet's bedroom, Juliet lays still on her bed crying softly. The Nurse is sat on the side of Juliet's bed, gently rubbing her shoulder to try and comfort. This shows that the Nurse and Juliet are close to each other and shows that the Nurse is more like a mother figure to her. As Juliet carries on crying on the bed, footsteps can be heard as Lady Capulet walks towards her room. She shouts 'Ho, daughter, are you up?'

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  15. How is the theme of conflict explored in Romeo and Juliet?

    The houses hold an "ancient grudge" against each other that continues as the source of violent conflict. The chorus says that from these houses, two "star-crossed" lovers will appear. The lovers will stop the fight between the families by dying. The story will follow the two lovers, and the tragic conflict between their families. The opening by the Chorus acts as an introduction. We are given information about where the play takes place, and given some background information about its main characters. The Prologue doesn't only set the scene of Romeo and Juliet, but tells the audience exactly what is going to happen.

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  16. An Analysis of Juliets progress in maturity throughout Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet

    Paris then responds 'younger than she are happy mothers made.' which in Shakespearean times is true as arranged child marriages of young girls were routine from the age of twelve. Adolescence was not a defined age range until the 1950s; children made the swift change from child to adult in their mid teens and had to take on jobs and responsibility from then on with no preparation. This is echoed later in the play when Lady Capulet reveals she was married at a similar age herself.

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  17. Act 3 scene 1 can be thought of as the most important part of the entire play Romeo and Juliet for many reasons.

    Act 3 scene 1 is important because this is where the play becomes a tragedy for many reasons; the first reason is that it includes most of the main characters in high profile situations. Another point is the sad passing of Mercutio, which led to the death of Tybalt therefore banishing Romeo. Also the play becomes a tragedy because there is the death of Romeo and Juliet and everyone begins to learn from their deaths. Paragraph 2 Romeo and Juliet is based on the thirteenth century Italy.

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  18. There are many different aspects of Love in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

    Romeo's devotion to Rosaline who has vowed to be a nun and therefore is un-attainable is a good example of Courtly Love: "She'll not be hit with Cupid's arrow, she hath Dian's wit!". Romeo Confirms Benvolio's suspicion: "Then she has sworn that she will live chaste". Despite being beautiful, she will not stay the siege of loving terms". In a tormented out-burst Romeo vents his frustration in a series of oxymoron's to express his confusion: "brawling love", "feather of lead" and "cold fire" are examples of these.

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  19. Romeo and Juliet

    Lady Capulet thinks Juliet is grieving for Tybalt but it is Romeo instead. In this scene the characters should express this language in a way so that the person whom they are talking to should be unaware of the double meaning. Lady Capulet's relationship with Juliet is not at all flowing. In previous scenes Juliet rarely sees her mother apart from at mealtimes and special occasion (i.e. parties). When Juliet does see her mother, conversation is limited to short answers as if both Juliet and Lady Capulet aren't trying hard enough to create a better relationship.

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  20. Romeo And Juliet - brief summaries of the scenes

    Mercutio is Romeos best friend; he can be very aggressive and argumentative. He is always up for a fight. He is the main one to escalate all of the problems. Benvolio is gentle and tries to stop the fighting. Also he always tries to explain the problems going on. He is the peace maker in the group. Prince Escalus is the Prince of Verona and is highly in control of the two feuding families. He is the voice of authority in Verona. Act 1 Scene 1 starts with a fight as the Capulet and Montague servants fight in the street.

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  21. How does Shakespeare create dramatic tension in Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet ?

    He rushes into thing without thinking. They also know that he is very romantic young man. We know that before he met Juliet he was in love wit Rosaline but this love was unhappy. His best friends are Benvolio and Mercutio. Juliet is Lord and Lady Capulet's daughter. She is about 14 years old. She is an impulsive and very dramatic young lady. We know that she was very romantic as well as Romeo. She has a nurse who has looked after her since she was a baby. We know that their families have been foes from ages.

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  22. Act 1 scene 5 is the most important scene in Romeo and Juliet because it triggers off all the other events that lead to unfortunate disasters. A brief summary of act 1 scene 5

    But then it goes sad when Juliet finds out Romeo is a Montague the son of her only enemy. At beginning the servants create a atmosphere of preparation for the party, trying to get everything organised .Having servants shows that Lord Capulet is wealthy. Servants bustling about making it realistic look very effective. Making it calm and later on in the scene, because it's more busy, hectic later on. It is a enjoyable part for Romeo and Juliet however after this everything ends up going wrong. Capulet speeches are very warming and welcoming the atmosphere is happy. Capulet changes the tone of his voice when he talks to the servants, makes his voice stricter and when he talks to the gusts he sounds happy and cheerful.

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    Act 3, scene 1 is a very important scene in the play as it is a major pivotal point. In this scene, the whole tone of the play changes from being happy and romantic, to dark and sad.

    This insult takes away his masculinity and also makes him feel weak and insignificant. On top of that, He refuses to fight Tybalt in a duel. In those days, duelling was a way for men to prove their masculinity and courage. If you turned down a duel, you would be considered infeminite and a coward. Shakespeare has used a lot of dashes and ellipsis in this scene in order to show that Romeo is thinking very carefully about what to say to Tybalt in order to try and diffuse the situation which eventually arises.

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  24. How Much is The Friar to Blame for Romeo's and Juliet's tragic deaths?

    The Friar's close relationship with Romeo is also revealed in this scene, as Romeo confesses his love for Juliet to Friar Laurence, who is clearly accustomed to hearing Romeo's confessions of love and who has evidently given him advice in the past. His knowledge of Romeo's life builds the reputation that he is a man of trust, not one that would deceive a true friend, although other parts of the speech indicate a slight foreshadowing of the incidents that will occur - "Within the infant rind of this small flower / Poison hath residence, and medicine power; / ...Full soon the canker death eats up that plant".

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  25. How does Shakespeares language demonstrate the conflict between the Capulets and the Montagues in Romeo and Juliet- Act 3 scene 1?

    This proves there are two characters here that will not back down and want to fight. It also links to Act 1 Scene 1 where Tybalt starts the fight between the Montagues and Capulets; it also links to the party when Tybalt wants to punish Romeo for gatecrashing which also leads to this brawl. "Thou consortest with Romeo." Tybalt is just trying to find out where Romeo is and asks Mercutio, who twists it into an insult. This gives the audience an insight into his character revealing quite a manipulative side to him as he twists it into an insult again trying to start a fight.

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