Drama In Act I, Scene V

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Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story written William Shakespeare in the 16th century. The themes are based on tragedy, love and fate. Love is introduced by Romeo and Juliet throughout the play and is what they only do together. Their fate sadly will be their death. However they were both destined to end in calamity.

To begin with, the play opens with the prologue in Verona, Italy. The prologue is written as a sonnet and is a traditional poetic form that dealt with a theme of requited love. Sonnets also created a sense of harmony. If one were to read the prologue, you will know that the play will end in tragedy. The unlucky children from these enemy families: the Montague’s and the Capulet’s fall in love but commit suicide meaning from the prologue ‘A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life’. This suggests to the audience that their forsaken death has put an end to the war of their parents feud. Nevertheless, the bombard against the two families had ended. This brought a lesson to the Montague’s and Capulet’s that there could have been reconciliation instead of antipathy. Furthermore what is abnormal about the prologue is that it has mentioned the tragic ending. This appeals to the audience because this makes the audience ruminate, why Shakespeare would want the ending before the prelude of the play had commenced.

Just before Act 1 scene 5, Shakespeare has placed this piece of text, which Romeo says ‘I fear to early’. This makes us think why Shakespeare has put this here and what feelings is he trying to create. The possible feeling he is feeling at the moment is fear that is referred in the quote. This creates a lot of tension in the air and brings the audience in feeling very desirous wondering why he is feeling fear? What is it that is making him feel fear? Shakespeare has created a superb piece of text by making us feel very fervent. Romeo also says ‘some consequences yet hanging in stars’. This creates some signs of his death, which will lead to his fate. Shakespeare has also written ‘by some vile forfeit of untimely death’. This makes the audience feel ardent because his death can approach at any time as simple as glass shattering. This creates an effective atmosphere. Shakespeare has also written for Romeo to say ‘I fear early, for my mind misgives’. This suggests to the audience that Romeo is excessively frightened.

Shakespeare makes the scene very exciting because he has created a sense of suspense. We feel very avid because the party is set right after Romeo speaks and how much anxiety is building up in him. When he sees Juliet at the party he says ‘Beauty to rich for use, for Earth to dear’. This tells the reader that Juliet is too beautiful for Earth and should be in heaven. At this time he has completely forgotten about Roseline, despite the fact Romeo does go on about her she never has not even once a physical appearance in the play. Juliet has compared herself to a snowy dove that symbolises innocence,...

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