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William Shakespeare "Romeo And Juliet" Analysing Act One Scene Five

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William Shakespeare courseworkby Robert CauleyWilliam Shakespeare is still today one of England's greatest writers, and Romeo and Juliet, which he wrote in 1595, is probably his most popular and well known play.It is based upon a poem written in 1562, called the tragical historye of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur brooks. The play 'Romeo and Juliet 'is set in fair Verona' in Italy, where it tells the story of two 'star crossed lovers' from rural families, Capulet and Montague, and how they end up taking there own lives. The story is meant to be a warning to young couples not to disobey their parents as this would lead to terrible consequences. Act One, scene five is one of the key scenes in the ...view middle of the document...

He is very powerful and authoritative, but also very arrogant, with a strong sense of self importance. As he welcomes his guests to the masked ball, he shows off his wealth and confidence by using bold gestures. A director could show this male dominance, which was common in Elizabethan times, by having Capulet stood higher up than other guests and being dressed in colours associated with wealth and nobility such as purple and gold.The phrase"Welcoming gentlemen! Ladies that have there toesUnplagud with corns will have bout with you…"Is spoken by Capulet to welcome his guests, making the mood light and enjoyable. He jokes and flatters his guests, which show his joviality and happiness. This is emphasised further by the use of exclamation marks at the end of each sentence which indicates Capulet's excitement. This could be shown in Romeo is looking for Rosalyne, the object of his objections, when he spots Juliet , At this point, the whole mood of the scene changes to one of love and romance Romeo begins a soliloquy as he speaks of Juliet's beauty using rhythm couplets to describe her in such a flowing way. He compares Juliet with images of light and dark to show her contrasting beauty to others "she teaches the torches to burn bright", " a snowy white dove trooping with crows" By the use of this poetic language Shakespeare makes this part of the scene even more romanticHearing Romeo speak, Tybalt recognise his enemy, the mood then changes to one of anger and aggression."This by his voice, should be a Montague "Tybalt is furious that Romeo has the nerve to come into his uncle's party, uninvited, and is further incensed by lord Capulet asking him why he is so angry and not be offended when he hears that Romeo is there. But when Tybalts threatens to hurt Romeo, Capulet mood changes from a jovial to and aggressive and threatening tone, as he does not anything or anyone to spoil his party."I would not for the wealth of this townHere in my house do him disparagement"Capulet, at this point is very aggressive towards Tybalt, using colloquial language to insult and humiliate him:"you are a princox , go"Tybalt is left frustrated by this, and is determined not to let Romeo to get away with this. This is a key point in the play, because if Tybalt had forgiven Romeo he would not of killed mercutis , and Romeo would not of killed him in revenge ,meaning the play might never turned to tragedy. So the impact of Capulet's insults to Tybalt affected the play greatly.At this...

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