How Shakespear Makes Act 1 Scene 5 of Rome & Juliet Dramatically Effective

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How Shakespeare Makes Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet Dramatically Effective

     At the start of Act 1 Scene 5 the guests at the Capulets’ ball have just finishes dining and Sampson and Gregory, the two head servants, are complaining that a number of the servants, especially Potpan, are not helping to clear up: “Where’s Potpan that he helps not to take away?” Most of the servants are trying to clean up quickly because they want to have their own party later. The scene then moves on to Lord Capulet inviting all of the guests to come and dance, he is making jokes and the mood seems quite relaxed and jovial: “You are welcome, gentlemen. Come, musicians play.” This first part of the scene presents the audience
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     On finding that Romeo is present at the Capulet ball Tybalt flies into a rage and immediately goes to tell Lord Capulet: “Uncle this is a Montague, our foe; a villain that is hither come in spite to scorn at our solemnity this night.” Tybalt is further enraged at the fact that his uncle refuses to eject Romeo from the ball and objects to Tybalt doing him any harm: “I would not for the wealth of all this town here in my house do him disparagement.” After crossing Lord Capulet and being reprimanded, Tybalt swears revenge on Romeo: “I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall, now seeming sweet, convert to bitterest gall.” The language Tybalt uses is the exact opposite of Romeo’s romantic, poetic verse. Tybalt’s language is filled with hatred and vengeance. The audience, already having witnessed his viciousness, hatred and violence toward the Montagues are most probably bracing themselves for a showdown between Romeo and Tybalt.
     Some of the most dramatically effective lines in the play are those between Romeo and Juliet during their first conversation at the ball. The imagery used is very effective and imaginative. At first Romeo takes Juliet’s hand and then asks for a kiss: “If I profane with my unworthiest hand this holy shrine, the gentle sin is this, My lips two blushing pilgrims ready stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.” Juliet declines Romeo’s first offer of a

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