Exploring the Ways that Shakespeare Makes Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet Dramatically Effective
Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story, where Romeo and Juliet fall
in love but soon find out that their love is forbidden as they are
from separate houses, the Montague and Capulet houses. They have to
hide their love from their parent, problem a rise which causes death
for both of the lovers and friends. There are many things that the
prologue sets up. It sets it up the story as a tragic love story. It
also sets up a situation of dramatic irony. Dramatic irony is when the
audience knows something that the characters don't. I think this gives
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The audience know that Romeo
and Juliet are from to very rich and power Elizabethan families, Romeo
and Juliet will become friends. They are children from two enemy
families, that Romeo and Juliet were going to meet and in the end die.
The audience knew this from the prologue. The audiences expectations
of Act 1 Scene 5 was that Romeo would get into his enemy's party, the
reason Romeo didn't get caught at the party was because it was a
masked ball. It was Juliet's family's ball she was there to judge
Paris. Paris had asked Juliet's father Capulet if he could marry her.
Capulet had said that it was Juliet's choice who she married.
How Shakespeare makes Act 1 scene 5 dramatically effective. The
opening of Act 1 Scene 5 is a discussion between servants and serving
men these are of low status in the play. One of the ways that
Shakespeare makes this scene dramatically effective is in the opening
line 'Where's Potpan that he helps not to take away. He shift a
trencher?' (Lines 13-14) You can see that there is a busy atmosphere
where the servants are preparing for the party. Another one is from
servingman 3 'we can not be here and there too, cheerly boys, be brisk
a while and the longer liver takes all.' (Lines 25-26) The reason this
is dramatic is because you can sense that the servant is beginning to
get stressed and is worried as he has got too many things to do and
can't be in two places at the same time. Where the servants are the
atmosphere is stressed and busy, yet the atmosphere is completely
different where the party is being held.
Capulet's speech is welcoming his guests to the masked party and
Capulet is in a good mood. This is because Juliet is going to meet
Paris for the first time and he hopes that Juliet falls in love with
him. His speech is said as if Capulet is excited to get the party
started. Capulet can't wait to dance as he can dance with anyone.
Capulet tells everyone that it is a masked ball. 'That I have worn a
visor, and could tell a whispering tale in a fair Lady's ear.' (Lines
6-7) This means that Romeo and Juliet can meet each other, as they
will not know who each other is as they have masks on. This is what
the audience have been waiting for; they knew they were going to meet
from the prologue. Capulet's speech tells us a lot about him, one
aspect that you learn about Capulet is that he is a player 'Ah my
mistresses'. Capulet is giving out instructions throughout the speech,
he tells the ladies to dance and music to play. 'Ladies that have
their toes, unplagued with corns will walk about with you' here
Capulet is giving instructions to the ladies. The atmosphere in
Capulet's speech is completely different from the opening, the
contrast is that Capulet's speech is relaxed and joyful, where as the
opening is busy and hectic.
Romeo's speech is about...