Drama in Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 3 Scene 1 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
'Romeo and Juliet' is centred around three main themes. The love
between Romeo and Juliet combined with the hatred between their
families. 'Romeo and Juliet' is also about fate and destiny. In the
prologue Romeo and Juliet are referred to as "a pair of star-crossed
lovers". These themes are all closely linked and have consequences
which eventually result in Romeo and Juliet's deaths.
The chosen scenes are the most important in the play. The actions in
these scenes create a lot of tension and are central to the plot. In
the first scene Tybalt is given a reason to want to fight Romeo. Romeo
and Juliet meet for the first time and instantly fall in love, only to
be driven apart in the second scene when Romeo is banished as a
consequence of a fight; this is immediately after they have secretly
married. These scenes are closely linked, as the main action in act 3
scene 1 is a direct consequence of something which happened in act 1
scene 5.Shakespeare is a skilful dramatist. In the scenes he uses
contrasting ways of gripping the audience's attention.
Shakespeare uses a fast moving plot of only four days; he consciously
shortened the source material to create effect. This makes it easier
to act out as well as creating more drama. It shows how passionate
Romeo and Juliet are. The shortened plot grips the audience's
attention as there is always something of interest happening. The
audience are shocked at how quickly things happen; there is always
suspense as to what will happen next.
Shakespeare has given thought to the position of act 1 scene 5; he
chooses to wait 4 scenes before the lovers meet. In this time he
clearly establishes the hatred between the Montagues and Capulets. In
act 1 scene 1 a fight breaks out in the streets of Verona which leads
to the intervention of the prince, who then delivers his decree. By
making the audience aware of the situation between the two families;
Shakespeare shows Romeo and Juliet's love is set against a background
of hate. We are also aware that Romeo is love sick over Rosaline. He
goes to the party as a masker to see her after being persuaded by
"Feast of Capulet's sups the fair Rosaline, whom thou so loves."
We also hear of the revelation of a planned meeting for Juliet and
Paris. Lady Capulet tells Juliet "this night you shall behold him at
our feast." It is interesting to know both Romeo and Juliet originally
go to the feast to look at different people. In act 1 scene 4 Romeo
has a sense of foreboding,
"I fear too early; for my mind misgives some consequence yet hanging
in the starsâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦some vile forfeit of untimely death."
The Elizabethan audience would have believed in fate and fortune. This
would have created suspense. As...