Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 5 - Dramatic Effectiveness

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Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 5 – Dramatically Effective?
Romeo and Juliet is widely regarded as William Shakespeare’s greatest piece of writing; one of the greatest tragedies ever written. It is a tragic love story, a story of love and hate. While there is a blooming love between the main protagonists of the play, Romeo and Juliet respectively, there is hate between the families of the two, the Capulet and Montague. One of the key ways that Romeo and Juliet became a classic is because it is dramatically effective. One of the key scenes of the play, Act 1 Scene 5 is a strong example of a scene that is dramatically effective. Also, coming into the scene there are expectations – Juliet will judge Paris; Romeo will try to cheer up and find
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With the suspense built for Juliet’s response, Shakespeare delivers a response that serves to quench the audience’s wish to resolve the tension. When Juliet states “Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much, which mannerly devotion shows in this, for saints have hands that pilgrims hands do touch, and palm to palm is holy palmers’ kiss” she shows her kind feelings toward Romeo. Firstly, she reassures Romeo that he is not so unworthy as he might have believed. She then continues praising Romeo, complimenting his ‘mannerly devotion’. This sequence ends climatically, the way many dramatically moments do, with Juliet and Romeo being seen in love. This is shown in the dialogue between Romeo and Juliet:

“Thus from my lips, by thine, my sin is purged...” states Romeo emphatically before they kiss.
“Then have my lips the sin that they have took,” replies Juliet.
“Sin from my lips? O trespass sweetly urged! Give me my sin again!” says Romeo before they kiss again.
“You kiss by th’book.”

This dialogue sends the message to the audience that Romeo and Juliet are in love, which serves to add to the cliff-hanger that Shakespeare presents later in the scene’s end. Furthermore, this dialogue serves as a subtle hint that the love Romeo expressed for Rosaline earlier was not as genuine as his love for Juliet. This aids in the drama presented.

Following the crucial declaration of love between Romeo and Juliet, the duo is separated due to Juliet having to be
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