Excitement and Suspense in Act 1 Scene 5 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Excitement and Suspense in Act 1 Scene 5 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

In this assignment, I'm studying the play Romeo and Juliet, by William

Shakespeare. I'm looking at Act 1 Scene 5. Where Romeo and Juliet meet

for the first time. This play was written between 1593 and 1596.

The story is about two rival families in Verona, each family has a

child each, Juliet and Romeo.

These young people meet accidentally and fall in love. They marry in

secret, without parent's acknowledgement or consent. Romeo gets

revenge on Tybalt (Juliet's cousin) for killing his best friend, to

get revenge he kills Tybalt. In effect of this Romeo is banished from

Verona. Juliet drinks a potion to make her look dead for 20 hours, to

avoid her wedding to Count Paris. Romeo, thinking Juliet is dead, he

takes his own life lying next to Juliet. Juliet wakes to find Romeo

dead, she takes his dagger and commits suicide, thinking that life

cant go on without Romeo.

But, I'm only studying Act 1 Scene 5, were Romeo and Juliet first

meet. In this scene servants are frantically preparing for the

upcoming party, held by the Capulet's,

'Away with the joint-stools, remove the

court-cupboard, look to the plate. Good thou, save

me a piece of marchpane; and, as thou lovest me, let

the porter let in Susan Grindstone and Nell.

Antony, and Potpan!'

This quote taken from the play, would be said frantically to emphasis

to the audience that he's giving out quick, last minute instructions

to the servants for the party. This is to get the audience into a

party mood.

Next, Lord Capulet is welcoming his quests to the party,

'Welcome, gentlemen! ladies that have their toes

Unplagued with corns will walk 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?

Welcome, gentlemen! I have seen the day

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