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Shakespeare uses various techniques to create different moods and atmospheres and to reveal the characters. He uses comparisons in characters, the use of language and the use of tension. It is one of the most important scenes as it is where Romeo and Juliet first meet and where we learn the most about main characters. Being an important scene, Shakespeare has made it very tense and entertaining. The scene includes a lot of main key characters and we learn of the differences between the two families. The audience are already looking forward to this scene, as we want to find out about and see Rosaline! We are expecting fun as it is a party and want to know what happens with Juliet and Paris; will she marry marry him when she is of an older and more mature age? Before this scene we found information about various main characters. The audience found out that Romeo was in love with Rosaline at the very beginning and he was love sick and distraught with not seeing her. Romeo had had a dream the night before about a bad thing happening at the Capulet's party. Being Romeo he believed his own thoughts and was nervous about going. We also found out that Juliet, only 13 years of age, was the only daughter of the Capulet's. She has her own 'nurse' to look after her as she is not very mature and relies on other people. Juliet is very distant from the rest of her family and does not get on with them the most majority of the time; she is a lonely child. Capulet wanted Juliet to marry Paris, a rich older man but only when Juliet was older. Capulet is a strong character, he tries to keep the peace between his family and the Montagues, but if the Montagues start a fight first then he will want to carry it on, as he doesn't want to be seen as the loser. Finally Tybalt, he is the nephew to Lady Capulet and despises the Montague's and tries his hardest to start fights with them and will never hear a bad word spoken about him. Immediately before this scene, the atmosphere is very gloomy as Romeo had a dream about a bad thing happening at Capulet's party, this also gets us interested, as we want to find out if he is right and what will happen. At the opening of scene 5 Capulet's servants prepare for his party. The atmosphere is very busy, rushed and fast moving. All of the servants are rushing around preparing for the party. They all talk to each other in short sentences; "You are look'd for, and call'd for, ask'd for"¦" This key line shows the short, snappy words the servants used. 'For' is repeatedly used as they are rushed and just use it as a joining word to get their sentence across before rushing off to prepare more things for the party once more. The apostrophes are repeated in all three words as it shows they are rushed even in their speech; they have to shorten words to say what they wanted quicker; they can't finish sentences and even words! They do not have the time to stand and chat especially under the watchful eye of Capulet; they have too much to do for everything to be ready for when the party begins. Capulet then welcomes guests into the party and tries to get them to dance. The atmosphere is very humorous, as people are all in fancy dress; it is very vibrant, lively and very cheerful as people are having fun. "Welcome Gentlemen, Ladies that have their toes unplagued with corns"¦" Capulet repeats the word 'Welcome', this tells us that he is very pleased that everyone has come and he may have had too much to drink and forgets that he has already said it! Capulet is eager to get the party off to a flying start and he teases all the ladies by telling they are welcome to attend his party if they have nice feet! Capulet adds a jolly atmosphere to the party. Once the party had got going, Romeo arrived and glimpses Juliet for the first time; the atmosphere was very romantic and slow. "What Lady's that which doth enrich the hand"¦" Romeo compares Juliet to jewels, ""¦As a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear-"¦"which shows he thinks very highly of her, he uses "What Lady's that which doth enrich the hand"¦"in describing her as special. He immediately falls in love with her and we see a different side to Romeo, his mood and feelings go from one extreme to the other, as he was totally in love with Rosaline but with one sight of Juliet he is head over heals in love with her, which is very typical of Romeo. The effect on the audience is that we are privileged to share such an intimate moment between Romeo and Juliet. After Romeo and Juliet met, Tybalt overhears Romeo talking about Juliet and was angry that a Montague had come to the Capulet's own party. An argument started between him and Capulet, Tybalt wanted to fight Romeo outside and told one of the servants to go and get his sword but Capulet stopped him and didn't want any fight at his party and told him to leave it. The atmosphere was very tense and violent; Tybalt was very aggressive towards Capulet and anyone who helped try and stop him from fighting. ""¦Fetch me my rapier, boy"¦" This suggests he has no respect for his servants and people around him; he speaks as he is higher up than everyone else and uses the word 'boy' to show his power over them. Tybalt is impulsively violent; he acts first and thinks later, as he tries his hardest to start fights between him and the Montagues. It tells us he really wanted to fight Romeo. Capulet scolds Tybalt and he leaves the party sowing revenge. Tybalt was very angry that Romeo turned up, " He shall be endured"¦" Capulet is asserting his authority, as he wouldn't let him do anything about it. Capulet is being very naïve, as he thinks he has solved the problem. The atmosphere went from being very tense and un-settled to the audience finally having a breath of relief as the tense atmosphere is over. After Tybalt had left, Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time and end up kissing. The atmosphere is very romantic, as if it is slow motion because the camera focuses and continually flicks between Romeo and Juliet. "If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy shrine,"¦" Romeo is very eager to impress, he is pleased that he had got to be with Juliet after wanting to all night. Juliet responds in the same way, she is very flattered and equally eager to impress. Whilst Romeo and Juliet were kissing Juliet's nurse interrupted them, the atmosphere is very rushed and happens very rapidly. Unfortunately, Romeo finds out that Juliet is a Capulet and is disappointed, as he knows he will never be able to be with her with people knowing because of their family differences, ""¦My life is my foe's debt." Romeo does not understand how Juliet could be a Capulet, he was very upset at first, and he was in the hands of his enemy. The audience get anxious because of Romeo finding out she is his foe and the atmosphere gets very apprehensive. The audience feel depressed that Romeo and Juliet cannot be together with their family despising each other even though they know there could be love between them. Finally after Romeo finds out Juliet is a Capulet; vice versa for Juliet; she finds out Romeo is a Montague. The atmosphere is very playful and menacing, as Romeo and Juliet are still hopeful for being with one another from the bad news, as they know they want to be together and do not care about the consequences of being together. They were both very shocked and heartbroken about being enemies but they are not as naïve as their family and can see through differences and see love comparisons. Juliet refers to graves, which is a sign of bad things about to happen; we could interoperate as death! "My grave is like to be my wedding bed." Juliet may be thinking ahead, if she married Romeo her family would disown her and she may as well be dead to them. She also may be thinking if she married Paris, she would be very unhappy. She doesn't want to marry him but she wants to make Capulet and her family happy. She knows she would have a bad life and would think of it as her deathbed! In Act 1 scene 5, he brings across the characteristics and their personalities and uses a lot of tension. Tybalt for example, when the atmosphere got tense because of Romeo being at the party, Tybalt lost his cool and started getting angry, which gives the audience his real personality. Shakespeare creates different moods and reveals different characters because of Act 1 scene 5 is such an important scene. We know about some of the characters personalities but he shows us more, getting the audience looking forward to the scene from the tense build-up from the scene before. He uses the two families to bring across the differences and personalities; this is how he creates different moods; mostly being tense. He reveals different aspects of the main characters.
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Shakespeare uses various techniques to create different moods and atmospheres and to reveal the characters. He uses comparisons in characters, the use of language and the use of tension. It is one of the most important scenes as it is where Romeo and Juliet first meet and where we learn the most about main characters. Being an important scene, Shakespeare has made it very tense and entertaining. The scene includes a lot of main key characters and we learn of the differences between the two families. The audience are already looking forward to this scene,...
the party, Tybalt lost his cool and started getting angry, which gives the audience his real personality.

Shakespeare creates different moods and reveals different characters because of Act 1 scene 5 is such an important scene. We know about some of the characters personalities but he shows us more, getting the audience looking forward to the scene from the tense build-up from the scene before.

He uses the two families to bring across the differences and personalities; this is how he creates different moods; mostly being tense.

He reveals different aspects of the main characters.

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The play Romeo and Juliet... The play Romeo and Juliet is a romantic drama set in Verona, Italy in the 15th century. Romeo and Juliet are the children of two very wealthy families, the Capulets and the Montagues. However there is known hatred between these two families, that have been feuding for many years and are infamous for their vicious fights. At the time the play was set, women did not have a particularly significant role in society and it was custom for the young daughters of wealthy families to be married off, and even have children by the age of thirteen or fourteen. In Act 1 Scene two, there is an important conversation between Capulet and the young County Paris. Paris puts forward the idea of marrying Juliet to her father, however Capulet does not seem to want Juliet to leave his household yet and would rather wait until she was completely ready and happy with the idea of marriage. ''And too soon marred are those so early made, earth has swallowed all my hopes but she.'' This shows that there is clearly a strong relationship between Capulet and his daughter. At the start of the play we see a modest, respectful young Juliet. The actress playing Juliet could portray this by actually emphasizing on how Juliet seems eager to please her mother by actions such as, always looking presentable when standing before Lady Capulet and the way Juliet holds herself. The actress could also think about what tone of voice Juliet would use when talking to her mother, the nurse or Capulet. Such as a quiet and soft tone when speaking to her mother or father, and a more relaxed and louder tone of voice when speaking to the nurse. The contrast of these two tones of voice should also emphasize the relationship between the nurse and Juliet. In Act one scene three there is also a conversation between Lady Capulet and the nurse which really shows the close relationship formed much earlier between Juliet and her Nurse. Lady Capulet does not know when Juliet's birthdate is and the nurse has to inform her of the actual date. "She is not fourteen. How long is it now" to which the nurse replies "come Lammas eve at night shall she be fourteen"¦I remember it well." Lady Capulet feels embarrassed seems to shy off, whilst the burse and Juliet happily continue talking. A director could focus here, on the physical closeness of Juliet and her nurse i.e. Juliet could be sitting on the nurse's lap whilst Lady Capulet stands shyly in the corner of the room, emphasizing on their close bond and the distance between mother and daughter. During the first few scenes of the play Juliet is relatively quiet, especially when her mother is talking and only replies to her when she asks her a question, so it is not until much later on in the play that we can get a more rounded view of Juliet. Lady Capulet brings up the topic of marriage quite quickly in the play, but the now meek and timid Juliet simply replies to her mother's suggestion, "Oh, it is an honour I dream not of." Here the actress could really make it seem that Juliet is being sincere in what she is saying and those are her actual feelings towards the matter. Moreover, by doing this it would also show later on in the play the impact that Romeo has on Juliet and her sudden development and maturity, as she decides to marry Romeo almost straight away. The actress could do this by acting completely surprised and almost shocked by her mother's suggestion which would furthermore accentuate the shy and reserved Juliet at the opening of the play. Another form of which the actress could expose this meek Juliet could be by, concentrating on the way of which Juliet holds herself and the positioning between her and other characters of the play, to make the relationships clearer. For example, When Juliet is talking to her mother, the actress could stand slightly bowed and not constantly looking directly into Lady Capulet's eyes, showing respect and fear. She could also position Juliet with a slight distance between her and Lady Capulet, exposing the physical and emotional detachment in their relationship. However when Juliet is around the nurse, the actress could act much more relaxed and comfortable around her, and even show physical closeness between them to emphasize on their strong and close bond. This would also be useful for later on in the play as it would show the contrast between how the relationship of the nurse and Juliet change after Romeo becomes a part of Juliet's life. It is in Act two scene 2 that we first start to see signs of Juliet maturing and developing. In the previous scene of the play, we have just seen Juliet and Romeo meet for the first time, and how Juliet kisses someone for the first time, and the instant bond between her and Romeo that is formed. Now in scene two of act two, after Juliet has discovered that Romeo is a Montague her sworn enemy, she disregards this fact and chooses to love him over all the risks and consequences she could face. This shows development and new found maturity because the once shy young girl who was frightened at the thought of marriage, is now willing to risk everything to be with someone she hardly knows. The actress could show this development by emphasizing on how strongly Juliet feels towards Romeo and how quickly she is making key decisions such as even proposing the idea of marriage to Romeo. "Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow." Juliet also shows maturity when Romeo swears his love by the moon, she replies "swear not by the moon, th'inconstant moon, that monthly changes "¦lest that thy love prove likewise variable." When Juliet says this to Romeo, the actress could make Juliet sound certain that marriage is exactly what she desires and that she knows exactly what she wants, which would further increase the emphasis on character development and maturity. Further on in Act two, Juliet even seems more sure of herself and what she wants than Romeo does. She is in control of the relationship and   

The play Romeo and Juliet is a romantic drama set in Verona, Italy in the 15th century. Romeo and Juliet are the children of two very wealthy families, the Capulets and the Montagues. However there is known hatred between these two families, that have been feuding for many years...

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The play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare,...The play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, was written in the early 17th century, during the Elizabethan era. In this time period, women were expected to marry at a young age and have children to carry on the family name; this was to be their only role in life. Women were not believed to be rational and intelligent human beings. For centuries, women have been imprisoned within this box, constricted and restrained by the male view of what women's role in life is. They are mothers, daughters, girlfriends, and wives but never philosophers, business people, investors, owners, doctors or lawyers; they were thought to not be capable in such occupations. In Hamlet, Shakespeare uses this age-old idea and because of that the role of women is minimized to that of a mother, daughter, and wife. However, Shakespeare does cast a very sexual light on the role of women within this play. The female characters within the play Hamlet play a very minimal role and only serve to further develop the characters of the men within the play. Gertrude is both a mother and a wife within this play and she helps to motivate Hamlet further in gaining his revenge on Claudius. Hamlet states: And yet, within a month "“ / Let me not think on it "“ Frailty, thy name is woman "“ / A little month, or ere those shoes were old/ With which she followed my poor father's body, / Like Niobe, all tears "“ why she, even she "“ / "¦ Would have mourned longer "“ married with my uncle, / "¦ Within a month, / Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears / Had left the flushing in her galled eyes, / She married. I.ii.ll 147-158. Hamlet speaks of Gertrude's sudden marriage to Claudius after the death of Old Hamlet. In the second line of the above quote, Hamlet uses the world frail to describe women, meaning that women are weak and not in control of their emotions. Shakespeare also does nothing to develop Gertrude's character any further; we learn very little about her thoughts and feelings towards Old Hamlet, her marriage to his brother, and even Claudius himself. Ophelia also serves to motivate Laertes to further his revenge against Hamlet. "By heaven, thy madness shall be paid by weight/ Till our scale turn the beam" IV.v.ll 167-168. Yet, neither of these women were the original motivation; they only served to further motivate both Hamlet and Laertes. Both Ophelia and Gertrude are portrayed as weak females with virtually no independence. An example of this is Ophelia obeying her father when he commands her to stop seeing Hamlet. "I shall obey, my lord" I.i.ll 141. As a daughter, she immediately surrenders to her father and brother's will. Ophelia is further characterized as weak when she goes insane. When compared to Hamlet, we see that Hamlet managed to overcome his father's death and plot revenge on his father's murderer. Ophelia, on the other hand, succumbs to the distress and shock and goes insane instead. This is saying that men are strong and don't let their emotions overcome them, unlike women. Even Gertrude moves instinctively towards the safer choices given to her. An example of this is when she seeks out Claudius right after her confrontation with Hamlet. "Bestow this place on us a little while. Ah, my good lord, what have I seen to-night!" IV.i.ll 4-5. She does not stop to even think about her situation or what has happened. Gertrude is completely reliant on the men in her life and only seems to be able to think for herself in social situations. Gertrude states: Good gentlemen, he hath much talked of you, / And sure I am, two men there are not living / To whom he more adheres. If it will please you/ To show us so much gentry and good will/ As to expend your time with us awhile, / For the supply and profit of our hope, / Your visitation shall receive such thanks/ As fits a king's remembrance. II.ii.ll 19-26. Gertrude is in control of herself here and doesn't, at any point, look to Claudius for assistance as she normally does. The one time that Gertrude does try and show some independence is when she drinks from the poisoned cup. "I will, my lord, I pray you, pardon me" V.ii.ll 302. The message being given here is that without the guidance of men, women cannot function because if Gertrude had listened to Claudius, she would not have drank and survived. Throughout the entire play Hamlet, both Ophelia and Gertrude were controlled by the men in their lives; they are not in control of their surrounding at any time. Ophelia's immediate obedience to Polonius when he orders to stop seeing Hamlet is an example of this. "I would not, in plain terms, from this time forth, / Have you so slander any moment leisure, / As to give words or talk with the Lord Hamlet. / Look to it, I charge you. Come your ways" I.iii.ll 137-140. Polonius tells Ophelia what she has to do and doesn't allow her to think for herself. Each action that is done by either woman is the result of an earlier action done by one of the male characters. Ophelia goes crazy and then dies because of Polonius' death and Hamlet's rejection of her. "O, this is the poison of deep grief. It springs/ all from her father's death" IV.v.ll 74-75. Another example is when Polonius plans to use Ophelia as bait to figure out the cause of Hamlet's madness; he is controlling what she does and says here. "At such a time I'll loose my daughter to him, / Be you and I behind an arras then, / mark the encounter" II.ii.ll 175-177. "Ophelia, walk you here. "“ Gracious, so please you, / Well bestow ourselves. "“ / Read on this book, / That show of such an exercise may colour/ Your loneliness" III.i.ll 48-52. They are completely dominated by the male figures in their lives. The role of women in Hamlet is also very sexually oriented. There are many references to prostitutes, sexual favors, incest and sex itself. There are also many comparisons between objects and emotions to sexual objects or people. An example of this is when Claudius compares the guilt he is feeling to a prostitute. "How smart a lash that speech doth give my conscience! / The harlot's cheek, beautied with plastering art, / Is not more ugly to the thing that helps it/ Than is my deed to my most painted word" III.i.ll 57-60. Each negative feeling or emotion, such as guilt, is compared to women, as if they are somehow similar. In Hamlet's confrontation with Ophelia, he tells her many times to go to a brothel where she belongs, as she acts much like a whore does. "Get thee to a nunnery. Why wouldst thou be a/ breeder of sinners?" III.i.ll 131-132. Hamlet also speaks of women's attitude and how they pretend to be innocent and beautiful but are really not. Hamlet states: I have heard of your paintings too, well enough. / God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves/ another. You jig and amble, and you lisp, and nick-/ name God's creatures, and make your wantonness/ your ignorance. Go to, I'll no more on it. It hath made/ me mad. I say, we will have no more marriages. Those/ that are married already, all but one, shall live. The rest/ shall keep as they are. To a nunnery, go. III.I.ll 154-161. During the play performed by the Players, Hamlet speaks to Ophelia with heavy sexual connotations behind his words. "Do you think I meant country matters?" III.ii.l 115. "That's a fair thought to lie between maids' legs" III.ii.l 117. Ophelia is a noblewoman and yet, she is subject to embarrassing conversations that a servant woman would normally endure. This is saying that all women are alike and they have no class distinctions between them as men do. Even when Hamlet speaks with Gertrude in her room, he makes many references to her incestuous bed. "Nay, but to live/ In the rank sweat of an enseamed bed, / Stewed in corruption, honeying and making love/ Over the nasty sty!" III.iv.ll 102-105. Women are subject to whatever faults men place on them instead of themselves. Within the play Hamlet, the role of women is very negative; they are sexual objects, weak, and not independent. Shakespeare has used a model of the women of his time and put them into this play, Hamlet. Though time has passed and views have changed on women, Hamlet remains the same, stuck in the 17th century. The role of women in Hamlet remains very minimal and only serves to further enhance and characterize the male characters within the play.  

The play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, was written in the early 17th century, during the Elizabethan era. In this time period, women were expected to marry at a young age and have children to carry on the family name; this was to be their only role in life. Women were...

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