Explore Ways That Shakespeare Makes Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo & Juliet Dramatically Effective

Romeo and Juliet

Explore the ways that Shakespeare makes Act 1 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective.

Shakespeare makes this Act 1, Scene 5 dramatically effective as this is the scene where the two star-crossed lovers first meet, a young boy called Romeo and a young lady called Juliet.   The play is a passionate story about love, hate, romance and tragedy.   In this scene you have the love and romance between the youths and hate between the Capulets and Montagues.   This hate carries on from the first few scenes and is between the two feuding families, the first scene opens up with a fight from the Capulets and Montagues.

In this scene it is the party at the Capulet’s house that Romeo and his friends attend their enemy’s house uninvited.   Lord Capulet is in a cheerful and happy mood and wants everyone to enjoy themselves at the party.   He shows his excitement and joyous mood by saying,
“Welcome, gentleman, ladies that have their toes
Unplagued with corns will have a bout with you.
Ah ha, my mistresses! Which of you all
Will now deny to dance?   She that makes dainty,
She I’ll swear hath corns.   Am I come near ye now? (Act 1, Scene 5, lines 15-19).
This shows a different side to Capulet, it shows him in a partying and good mood.

Romeo sees Juliet for the first time in Act 1, Scene 5 and is astonished by her beauty and the impact see has on him.   Romeo soon forgets about Rosalie, the girl he thought he was in love with in the beginning of the play and this shows Romeo to be immature about love as he was so depressed over Rosalie but as soon as he sets eyes on Juliet he falls in love and is stunned by her.   He shows this by saying,
“Like a rich Jewel in an Ethiope’s ear;
Beauty too rich for use, for each too dear!
So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows,
As yonder lady o’er her fellows shows”. (Act 1, Scene 5, Lines 44-47 ).
Shakespeare makes Romeo’s poetry more effective by using examples of similes “Beauty too rich for use, like a...