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How does Shakespeare conduct scenes in Romeo and Julet in the way that creates the most dramatic impact? Free essay! Download now

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How does Shakespeare conduct scenes in Romeo and Julet in the way that creates the most dramatic impact?

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How does Shakespeare conduct scenes in Romeo and Julet in the way that creates the most dramatic impact?

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The mood changes throughout the scene which highlights the climax and intensity of act 1 scene 5. The mood of the scene starts seriously for at the end of act 1 scene 4 Romeo speaks and refers to the prologue ‘A pair of stars cross’s lovers take their life’, meaning the future and what’s about to happen is fate which leaves the scene in a cliffhanger. Romeo actually says ‘some consequence yet hanging it the stars’ which has a similar meaning and is also a use of foreshadowing. The start of the ball presents the audience with a lively, laid-back and fun atmosphere and is more light-hearted than the previous scenes, Capulet turns to the maskers at the ball and delivers a speech rather jokingly "tell all to enjoy the night and dance to the music." Capulet is behaving in this manner for he is surrounded by people who are of a high status meaning it's important for him to make a good impression upon powerful members of society. This speech is important as it lets the Audience know and that this night is a happy and joyous occasion also leaving audiences anxious of what is about to happen and they can also see the prologue revealing itself slowly. Which starts the scene off with a tense atmosphere so dramatic impact is already is high from the start.

One of the ways Shakespeare makes this scene dramatically effective is the way he portrays Romeo this makes a huge impact to the play for he is portrayed as an upper class character however he doesn't behave appropriatly to his status for example he is displayed as a rebel for he secretly attended his enemies ball. The intensity soon changes during Romeo’s entrance he is welcomed by joyful faces resulting in a relaxed and low intensity feeling for the audience. Also theres another sign of fate for Romeo only met Juliet by chance because the Capulet servant was either unable to read the list of guests or not doing his job properly. Even though the overall dramatic impact isn’t at its highest, theres still suspense that Romeo could be recognised as Montague by a Capulet and because of the ‘ancient grudge’ a fight could break out which could mean punishment for previous warnings from the prince in act 1 scene 1.
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