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How Does Shakespeare Make Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet Dramatical

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 01:28 AM
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Considered one of Shakespeare’s (1564-1616) greatest plays. Written at the end of the sixteenth century, Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy about two lovers who were from two rival families. Only with their death do the families end the hate for each other, or as the prologue states ‘do with their death bury their parents' strife’. Act one, scene five is where they first meet at a party in the Capulet’s House.

At the start of the scene an atmosphere of hustle is created by two servants who words talk each other. The sentences are structured so that is seems that they are in a rush, and the sentences are also broken up into parts ‘You are looked for and called for, asked for and sought for, in the great chamber’.

Also at the start of the scene Capulet creates an atmosphere of euphoria when he talks to the guests. As well as when he forces the ladies to dance by saying ‘ladies that have their toes | unplaugued with corns will have a bout with you’ so that if they did not dance with him they would be admitting to having corns. When he talks to another Capulet he remembers the day when he could charm ladies and dance but now he is too old and he misses it ‘'tis gone, 'tis gone, 'tis gone’.

It is during this scene that Romeo first notices Juliet and her beauty and she is described by use of metaphors and rhyming couplets. When he first sees Juliet he asks ‘what lady is that, which doth enrich the hand of yonder knight?’ This means that she is so pure that she makes that persons hand pure as well.

The in rhyming couplets he goes on to describe how she is so bright (attractive) that she taught the torches how to burn ‘she doth teach the torches to burn bright’ and that she is like a star hanging on the ‘cheek of night’. He also mentions that she is like ‘a jewel in Ethiope's ear’ implying that she exotically beautiful looking girls as well as that she is ‘a snowy dove trooping with crows’ meaning that she is a...


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