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 ...view middle of the document...

The scene tells us how rich the Capulet family was. Class was important during the Elizabethan times. The Capulets would be dressed posh such as long glown and long dresses. They are powerful and others would respect them.
My impression of Lord Capulet is that he is a strong person who can do anything and can manage everything. I can imagine him tall and fat because the costume he is wearing at the ball would be tight. He needs to male agog impression to show that he is happy and enjoying the party: “Welcome, gentlemen!” The blank verse he is speaking in shows how important Lord Capulet is. The dialogue form he is using is iambic pentameters: “Unplagued with corns will have a bout with you.” The effect this has is to show that he is from a higher class. The audience would be nervous because Romeo is going to turn up at the party an on one knows until Juliet’s nurse finds out he is at the party. This is called dramatic irony.
When Romeo sees Juliet he immediately falls in love with her: “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright.” This makes me imagine when you’re on the stage with the lights facing you. Shakespeare uses light and dark. Juliet stands out in the light and the dark shadow covers the guests. The impression of Romeo gives is it is real love: “The measure done, I’ll watch her place of stand.” This means Romeo will stand back and watch her until he can hold her hand. At the end of the play Juliet sees Romeo dead and thinks he dead, but he isn’t, Juliet then gets a knife and kills herself, Romeo sees Juliet dead and kills himself, this shows that the two-star crossed lovers loved each other a lot. Romeo describes Juliet as a jewel: “Like a rich in an Ethiope’s ear.” Shakespeare has used a simile. The jewel is beautiful and precious and so is Juliet in Romeo eyes. He describes her like the moon in the sky with the dove bird: “It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night.” This has used a metaphor and means she has lit up from the room. The language techniques that have been used are firstly rhyming couplets: “Bright, light, ear, dear, crows, shows, hand and stand” to make the words stand out. Secondly the metaphor when it mentions: “It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night.”This creates an image that Juliet is a fairy where she is flying in the sky. Finally the rhetorical: “Did my heart love her till now?” this means that Romeo does not believe he has been in love before.
After Tybalt hears Romeo’s voice he demands for his sword straight away to kill Romeo: “Fetch me my rapier boy” at this point he is very aggressive and violent and he thinks of himself before he thinks of consequences. The mood changes when Romeo is romantic towards Juliet: “So shows as snowy dove.” When Tybalt hears Romeo, Tybalt says to fetch his sword right now and wants to kill Romeo after what he heard. The mood changes from romantic to hate to engage the audience. The impact it will have on the audience is they will like the romance but they will also...

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