Explore the Ways Shakespeare Makes Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet Dramatically Effective. Essay

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Explore the ways Shakespeare makes Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective. Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story, yet there are many themes in the play, mainly love and hate. The love is between Romeo and Juliet and the hatred between their families. In Romeo and Juliet, Act 1 Scene 5 is important for two major reasons. Firstly, it is important because Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time. They fall instantly and madly in love, making Romeo forget about his previous love with Rosaline - whom he gatecrashed the Capulet’s party to see. After seeing Juliet, Romeo quotes, “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.” Meeting Juliet makes him instantaneously forget about Rosaline and never think about her again. The second reason, is that the fighting between the Montagues and Capulets becomes exaggerated when Tybalt discovers Romeo is at the Capulet’s ball. Tybalt is furious at Romeo’s gatecrashing and requests not only that Romeo and his friends be thrown out, but also that the Capulet’s take revenge for the fact that he had the nerve to come to the party. In this act, the audience has a bad feeling about the play, as in the scene before this one, Romeo says “Shall bitterly begin this fearful date With this night’s revels, and expire the term Of a despisèd life closed in my breast By some vile forfeit of untimely death.” Which means, “this party tonight will be the start of something bad, something that will end with my own death” Act 1 Scene 5 begins with some serving men, who are excited for the feast, because after they’re finished working they can enjoy the festivities with their lady friends. Capulet is in an extremely good mood at the beginning of the scene when he is reminiscing with his cousin about how long it had be since the two of them had been to a masque. As Capulet is in

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