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Explore The Ways That Shakespeare Makes Act1 Scene5 Of "Romeo And Juliet" Dramatically Effective.

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"Two households, both alike in dignity,In fair Verona (where we lay our scene),From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,Where civil blood make civil hand unclean,From forth the fatal loins of these two foes,A pair of star crossed lovers take their life."I quote this, as these six lines outline the whole play. By telling the audience this in the prologue, Shakespeare is using dramatic irony. We already know that Romeo and Juliet have to meet at some time, and, eventually will die.To set the scene, Juliet, the stunning, only daughter of Capulet, is destined by arrangement to marry Paris. Her father has thrown a great party with expectations for Paris to court Juliet. There in disguise, Romeo, a Montague, his heart is stricken for love of fair Rosaline. He has gate crashed the party with his friends, persuaded, only with the thought of seeing Rosaline. As spectators we innocently expect all to go to plan, Romeo with Rosaline, Juliet with Paris. How wrong we are. Yet without the twists and turns that take place at this party we would not have a play.The scene opens with a busy atmosphere, portrayed by the servingmen who are rushed off their feet. "Away with the join-stools, remove the court-cupboards, look to the plate." This is a major contrast from Act1 Scene1 where every one is fighting. The aggression is replaced with happiness and the expectation of a great party to come. The speech made by Capulet shows that he is proud that he can afford to throw such an extravagant party and he wants all his friends to enjoy it. "How long is't now since last yourself and I were in a mask?" By saying this Capulet is adding a touch of memory to his speech, he is looking back and remembering when he himself was courting his mistress in the same manner he expects Paris to do.When Romeo first sees Juliet he describes her as a vision. This is an example of a soliloquy. When Romeo speaks his thoughts aloud, for the benefit of the audience. Romeo's speech is in the form of rhyming couplets that compare, Juliet with a burning torch and a rich jewel. How one person can deserve so much flattery I am still yet to understand. The way in which Romeo beholds Juliet would nowadays be looked down on with distaste and labelled as shallow, but, back in Shakespeare's day people did not seem to mind that. He compares her "as a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear" to emphasize the fact that she stands out from others. This poem is completely different for the opening speech made by Capulet as it is much more serious than the light-hearted remarks made to welcome in the guests.After Romeo's romantic speech, Tybalt notices his presence from across the room and is immediately angered. This is a contrast, from the romantic thoughts that Romeo has been thinking, to the harsh words from Tybalt. "Fetch me my rapier boy". This demonstrates that Tybalt is not scared to fight, thinking that Romeo is here only "to scorn at our solemnity". The...

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