Analyse the dramatic effectiveness of Act 1 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet, exploring how Shakespeare creates an atmosphere of romance and danger in the scene.
William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is one of the most recognisable plays of today. The play was written in the early 1600’s. Back in the 1600’s many things where different, for example woman where not aloud to act due to the patriarchal society therefore all these parts where played by young males. Also many girls married at an early age and arranged marriages where normal. The play is a tragedy however the subject of love dominates the play, but there are many other themes, such as death, honour, fate, loyalty and suicide. Many of these are universal themes and are still used today. The play is based on a pair of “star crossed lovers” who’s whose deaths ultimately unite their feuding families as stated in the prologue. Act 1 scene 5 is of the most dramatic scenes as it is where Shakespeare creates both atmosphere and danger it is also where the story begins.
Shakespeare uses a range of dramatic devices to hook the audience and create a sense of romance, danger and expectation. In the prologue we learn what will happen in the play, many would question why Shakespeare does this. Shakespeare done this because in the theatre people would come and go as they please so he would need to grab everyone’s attention to make them stay for the whole duration of the play. By having a prologue it creates dramatic irony this makes the audience want to watch the events step by step that lead to the death of two loved ones. The prologue also creates tension and suspense especially when it states “take their life” as suicide would have been a new theme for the audience, in my opinion I think that a prologue is a good way to gain peoples attention and keep them on the edge of their seats. Shakespeare was very successful at doing this as the play was very popular. In the play Shakespeare left out the use of stage directions so there was an ordeal amount of improvisations. It also allowed any director lots of freedom. In Baz Lukrourns version of the play he adapts many things to suit a late 1900’s audience. Baz Lukrourns uses guns, drugs and cars as this is what the audience would be able to relate to it more it is also more accessible. I also find baz Lukrourns of the play easier to understand as I think I would have trouble understanding the play if it was suited for a Shakespearean audience.
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Act 1 scene V is especially important in the play and helps the audience to establish the key themes. In this scene Shakespeare very cleverly juxtaposes romance and danger when Romeo and Juliet first meet. This is shown when Romeo talks about Juliet and says “O she doth teach the torches to burn bright!” The word burn is usually used to describe destroying which is a negative verb whereas “bright” is the opposite and is generally used when referring to something positive and happy. This is a poetic exaggeration, since torches can’t really be taught. He is basically saying that she is more skilful and brilliant than fire. Shakespeare uses foreshadowing to give the audience a hint at what might happen for example when Juliet says “my grave is like to be my wedding bed” which is what happens at the end where she fakes her death to try and sneak of and marry Romeo. The two words grave and wedding contrast as a grave marks death and a wedding symbolises love and happiness this helps create a atmosphere of love and danger.
When Romeo and Juliet talk to one another they speak in rhyming couplets this helps to show how much they are in love with each other and shows the passion they share. When they speak they are also speaking in iambic pentameter this is like a heartbeat and emphasis the love they share once more. The use of the sonnet creates a conversational tone that shows their togetherness and how they are able to finish each other’s sentences as if they where destined for one another and where meant to be.
In William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, the two main characters are madly infatuated with each other, but they are not truly in love. There are several differences between true love and infatuation. First, true love takes time to develop and cannot happen at "first-sight." People who are truly in love with each other have had time to learn everything about the other person and ...