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What Dramatic Devices Does William Shakespeare Use in Act 1 Scene Five

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What dramatic devices does William Shakespeare use in Act 1 Scene 5 of his play Romeo and Juliet and how do they engage the audience?
Romeo and Juliet story is written by William Shakespeare. It is about two “star cross’d lovers” who are deeply in love but their adventure takes a fatal turn. In Act 1 Scene 5 the Capulets have thrown a ball. Romeo and Juliet first meet and have their first kiss. When Tybalt recognises Romeo’s voice he swears to take revenge and this leads to Tybalt killing Mercutio and Romeo killing Tybalt. It is a pivotal scene in the play because Romeo and Juliet first meet and found out who each other’s families were. Tybalt hears Romeo’s voice and swears that he will take revenge. The two families are forced to reunite after the events that take place during the play. Two dramatic devices that are used in this scene are similes which are used to show how beautiful Juliet is: “Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear.” The costumes show how rich the Capulets and the Montagues are and that they are upper class. The effect it will have on the audience is that they will want to see if Romeo and Juliet have   a relationship and what Tybalt is going to do.
The servants in the play are running and rushing around the stage. This creates a hectic atmosphere where the audience would be excited and wondering what is going to happen next. The atmosphere would be a faster pace because Shakespeare has used short sentences. The servants are quickly speaking: “Where’s potpan, that he helps not to take away? He shifts a trencher? He scarpe a trencher!.” This creates an image comic characters speaking fast. The audience would feel eager to see what happens next- if Juliet falls in love with Paris and when Romeo turns up at the ball that the Capulets have thrown. The dialogue that the servants are speaking is in prose: “Ay, boy, ready?” They are speaking like this because it is ordinary language and they are from lower classes that are not normally educated. The...

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