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

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Tension in Act 1 Scene 5 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) was born at Stratford-upon-Avon.From the age of seven to about 14, he attended Stratford Grammar School receiving an excellent well rounded education. At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who was seven years his senior and three months pregnant. He endured her until he could stand it no longer and fled to London to become an actor. He then became actor-manager and part-owner in the Blackfriars and afterwards the Globe Theatres. He was a first-rate actor, but it is as a writer of plays that he has achieved lasting world-wide fame. His plays are thought to be the finest ever written in any language. His 37 plays vary in type; historical romances, light, fantastic comedies, some are tragedies, all including the comical and the farcical. He was a shrewd business man, amassing quite a fortune in his time. He returned to Stratford for his latter years where he died at the age of 52. The atmosphere at the start of the scene is very lively and one full of excitement. We hear Capulet's servants complaining about one another "Where's Potpan, that he helps not to take away?" The servants bustle also picks up the pace of the play. They are in a hurry, and there's a sense that everything is speeding up. While the servants are still bustling about, Lord Capulet enters followed by his kins and guests. The stage direction says "to the Maskers," which lets us know that Capulet is speaking to Romeo's company when he says, "Welcome gentlemen........" and is making sure that these strangers are made welcome. I think the sight of the maskers summon... ... middle of paper ... ...and forever, and they both fear the consequences of their love, but without any thought of changing their minds or hearts. The Nurse asks Juliet what she's saying, and Juliet lies, saying it's just a rhyme she heard from a dance partner. The someone calls for Juliet, and she and the Nurse hurry away, ending the scene. I think Act 1 scene 5 is a very crucial scene as this is where the play really kicks off and starts to build the tension. I think its one of the most important scenes of the whole play as this is where they meet and the love begins shortly followed by hatred. We see a lot of emotions come through in this scene, firstly with Capulet and Tybalt having an arguement, then, Romeo and Juliet falling in love and then finally Romeo and Juliet finding out that there 'only love sprung from their only hate.'
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