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romeo and juliet act 1 scene 5 evaluation

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Romeo and Juliet Act 1 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet takes place in the house of lord and lady Capulet during the preparations for the Juliet's engagement party and during the party its self. It is where Romeo and Juliet first meet before they realise who each other are and after they find out about each other. It is the basis of the whole play it is where Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love with each other, it is where tybalt develops a grudge for Romeo "I will withdraw: but this intrusion shall now seeming sweet convent to bitter gall" this quote shows that he will not take any action for now but will do something later on. Shakespeare uses this party as a backdrop to what is arguably one of the most important scenes in the play because there it creates a atmosphere of tension and love, all the major events that happen later in the play can be traced back to this moment from Romeos banishment to Juliet drinking the poison to both of there deaths This scene begins with the servants running around in a panic trying to get ready for the up coming party they are also in a panic because they cannot find potpan who is another servant "where's potpan that he helps not to take away" this quote shows that they are very frustrated with the preparations for the party this is further reinforced by there constant use of short sentences and blunt orders e.g. ...read more.

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When Tybalt hears Romeos voice he is immediately angered to the point in which he wants to kill him "This, by his voice, should be a Montague. Fetch me my rapier, boy" and "to strike him dead I hold it not a sin" it means that he finds it ok and not sinful to kill Romeo because he is doing in for his family's honour and so it would be ok in the eyes of god. The audience will now start to get worried about Romeos safety and would be concerned about for the future of him and Juliet But as Lord Capulet hears him storming about Romeo he ask what is a matter "why how now kinsman wherefore storm you so?" Tybalt then tells him that Romeo is at the party "uncle this is a Montague, our foe a villain that is hither come in spite to scorn at our solemnity this night" but then Capulet tell him that he doesn't want his party ruined by violence and to let him stay "let him alone he bares him a portly gentleman" and "he shall be endured what, Goodman boy! I say, he shall: go to, am I the master here or you?" this last quote is more of a threat not to ruin the party and to leave him be than an order to leave him alone. ...read more.

Conclusion

irony very well in this scene leaving it until the very end of the scene to divulge the information to Juliet as she finds out of his true identity "his name is Romeo he is a Montague the only son of your great enemy" she uses several oxymoron's to get her shock and heart ache across to the audience "my only love sprung from my true hate" if she truly hated him how could she ever love him? "To early seen unknown and known too late" meaning if she had know who he was from the start she may never of fallen in love with him but now she has fallen in love it doesn't matter who he is, this dramatic end shows that she loves him so much and that he loves her that they will do anything to be together even if it means upsetting there families or leading to her eventual death as it eventually does. This scene is central to the rest of the play because without this scene they would never of met and every major event in the play depends on them meeting such as when he climbs under her balcony and stating the immortal words "Romeo, Romeo, where fort art thou Romeo" to the wedding through to Romeos exile and to both of there eventual deaths. In my opinion this scene makes very good use of dramatic irony using in perpetuity throughout the scene. Created by joseph Griffiths on 01/02/2007 20:45 ...read more.

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