Why Act One Scene Five of Romeo and Juliet is an Effective Piece of Drama

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Why Act One Scene Five of Romeo and Juliet is an Effective Piece of Drama ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is a play, telling the tragic story of two lovers kept apart by their family’s hate for one another. It was written by William Shakespeare. First published in 1597, the play is set in the Italian city of Verona and is themed on the love between Juliet, the daughter of the Capulet household, and Romeo, the son of the Montague household. Together they are forced to hide their love for one another due to the Capulet and Montague’s bitter rivalry. Juliet, of the Capulet household, is being primed for a marriage to Paris, while Romeo is apparently in love with a woman called Rosaline, whom we never actually see…show more content…
The scene is when Romeo and Juliet first meet in the Capulet mansion at a party held by Capulet. We see that Romeo and other members of the Montague family have gatecrashed the party, all wearing masks. In this piece of writing I will explore the scene and explain what are the particularly effective pieces of drama that make for such an enthralling, action-packed scene. Act One Scene V can be split into seven sections in which the mood of the scene changes vastly. The first of which is before the party takes off, where the servants prepare for the party. The mood in this section is of great anticipation and excitement towards the party. The servants discussion is intended to be comical, Shakespeare achieves this by using prose, which is predominantly used for comic characters and those of a low position in society. An example of the excited mood is when the third servant encourages the others into the main hall: “Cheerly, Boys! Be brisk a while, and the longer liver take all” In the second section Capulet and his cousin reminisce about their youth; perhaps more significantly it is the first time that Romeo lays his eyes upon Juliet. The mood in this section is quite sombre and slow in pace; however the pace of this section increases when Romeo sees Juliet as the audience would be intrigued by his comments that he directs towards her. We
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