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

In act 1 scene 5, Shakespeare makes this part of his famous play very effective and is made dramatic in many ways. The key part is that most or even all of the characters have an important and valid part to play within this scene. This indicates that it is a significant moment in the play.Right from the very start there is contrast from the scene before. This is already very dramatically effective as in the scene before Romeo has a premonition that something fatal is going to happen and there will be ‘some vile forfeit of untimely death’. This is effective as it gives the audience an idea that something bad is waiting to happen.In this scene Shakespeare also includes the enemy of the Capulets’, a Montague on Capulet territory isn’t something the audience are familiar with, as an enemy wouldn’t enter another enemies home alone. This creates suspense and a tense atmosphere throughout the scene. It gives us as the audience an idea that something will happen, as there was a brawl in the beginning. The fact that Romeo could get caught creates pressure on the scene. When Tybalt spots Romeo trespassing on Capulets territory while there is a party going on;”This by his voice should be a Montague.Fetch me my rapier boy.”As soon as Tybalt finds out there is a Montague on his land he immediately reacts in flames of heat and fire. He is raging with anger and wants to start a fight. He immediately informs Capulet of the trespasser and almost expects him to react in the same manner as he did; but Capulet stops Tybalt from causing another brawl and replies;”I would not, for the wealth of this town,Here in my house do him disparagement”This is a dramatic device as it leaves the audience shocked and surprised. It also brings out more of Capulet’s character as it shows he doesn’t like the brawling that is happening between each family and would rather be at peace with them. This is also a tall order for Tybalt and if tybalt is to ‘endure’ Romeo we know that it will be at Romeos cost. Shakespeare confirms our fears when Tybalt addresses the audience by saying;”I will withdraw, but this intrusion,Now seeming sweet, convert to bitterest gall.”This makes the scene tense for the audience, as they know that something bad is going to happen between the two families. Capulet shows that he is head of the house and has the most power in his family when tybalt is made to obey his commands. When he says ‘He shall be endured’ it shows his power:”He shall be endured.What, Goodman boy, I say he shall, go to!Am I the master here, or you? Go to!You’ll not endure him? God shall mend my soul,You’ll make a mutiny among my guests!This part of the scene is dramatic as Shakespeare makes the character of Capulet come across as strong, honourable and wise, which Is also backed up from the beginning of the play where he comes across as an exciting, welcoming and high spirited person, as he jokes around with the guests.Shakespeare makes the scene suspicious when Romeo asks whom Juliet is, when he first sets eyes on her, to which the servant claims he does not know. It seems odd that a Capulet servant couldn’t identify Juliet. Romeo is already in love with her after seeing her for the first time.”O she doth teach the torches to burn bright!”This is meant that her beauty is brighter than the blaze of any torch and that her presence makes the whole room light up. This is a very dramatic part of the scene as it is the first time that Romeo meets Juliet. On first meeting Shakespeare also uses a soliloquy (when a character is speaking their thoughts out a loud to the rest of the audience), which means that what the character is saying has to be very detailed and imaginative so that the audience will be able to picture it in their own minds. It is a very effective way to captivate the audiences attention as it makes them think. Shakespeare shows Romeos true feeling towards love through a sonnet (a 14 line poem ending with a rhyming couplet).Using a poem creates a soft feeling and emphasises the fact that Romeo has fallen in love at first sight. Using a rhyming couplet at the end makes Juliet out to be more than she seems to Romeo and again emphasises his love for her. The idea of night and day is used as binary opposites. This is very effective as it gives great contrast. Shakespeare uses Romeo and Juliet as ironic love characters however they were born to hate but Shakespeare makes them born to love. Shakespeare inserts in Juliet’s lines ‘love and hate’ and ‘early late’, which is again binary opposites of each other, also showing Juliet’s thoughts and emphasises the fact that Juliet has fallen in love with her enemy.Shakespeare uses Romeo as a holy sinner and Juliet as a holy subject.”This holy shrine, this gentle fine is this:My lips two blushing pilgrims, ready standTo smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss”Romeo is flirting with Juliet calling her a ‘holy shrine’, which is a sacred worshipping place. Shakespeare dramatically makes Juliet a holy person and also Romeo by describing him as two pilgrims, which is a holy worshipping place as well. Juliet’s character is slightly revealed here as she flirts back with him. It is effective as it shows their emotion for each other.Shakespeare makes this part of the scene very dramatically effective when Juliet says: “My grave is likely to be my wedding bed.” This is for shadowing the scene coming up but the audience don’t know this until they read on.The character of the nurse plays a very important part in the play. It reflects the Character of ‘Lady Capulet’ as in the past mother’s were not very protective and did not care for their children as much. A nurse would be set to take care of them.This reveals the historical background of Shakespeare time. The nurse is a dramatic key character, as she knows more about Juliet than Lady Capulet.Tybalt is also a key character that makes the scene and play dramatic as he is the one that stirs up the trouble and creates a lot of the tension with his hatred and anger towards the Montague family. Shakespeare also uses alliteration such as ‘Patience, perforce’ to show Tybalt’s anger and stubbornness. Tybalt is made dramatic in this scene, as he is also the cause of the tragedy. Shakespeare uses him as a minor character in the play but he has a massive impact on the play.

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