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Act 1 scene 5 has a very important role to play in Romeo & Juliet. Discuss its importance to the play and how Shakespeare makes this scene interesting and tense for the audience.

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Act 1 scene 5 has a very important role to play in Romeo & Juliet. Discuss its importance to the play and how Shakespeare makes this scene interesting and tense for the audience. Act 1 Scene 5 is a key scene in the play Romeo & Juliet due to the events that happen in it. This is where Romeo & Juliet first meet and fall in love with one another, a love that is not allowed given the antagonisms that exist between their families. Romeo's friend Bonvolio had made his plan work. He planned to get Romeo to experience "other beauties," or compare other women to his beloved Rosaline. This is also where the feud starts with Romeo and Tybalt because Tybalt is a Capulet and Romeo is a Montague. Tybalt is even angrier when he hears Romeo's voice at his uncle Lord Capulets party because no Montagues are allowed. "This by his voice, should be a Montague, Fetch me my rapier". The motivations that happen in the play show that the characters are doomed from the beginning because the forces greater than themselves. The forces include a long-running feud between the Montagues and the Capulets, something from which these lovers cannot escape no matter how hard they try. This scene has a great affect on all the other scenes in the play therefore I will be looking at how it is important. ...read more.

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He goes and tells Lord Capulet that Romeo is here at his party. " Tis he, that that villain Romeo." Lord Capulet is annoyed at him because he doesn't want anything to happen to his guests. Lord Capulet tries to calm Tybalt down, he tells Tybalt "To say truth, Verona brags of him to be a virtuous and well govern'd youth." Tybalt becomes even more enraged; "I'll not endure him," with this Lord Capulet's attitude and manner suddenly changes towards Tybalt. "He shall be endur'd." With this Tybalt storms out of the room leaving the audience in suspense. When Romeo & Juliet first meet this is vitally important in the rest of the play because if they didn't meet then the rest of the play wouldn't have happened. Romeo is very dazzled by Juliet and knows it is love at first sight. He expresses his inner feelings in a soliloquy which is controlled by his devotion and admiration for Juliet. "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright?" Shakespeare then uses a sonnet form with rhyming couplets to emphasise the love and romantic nature of the scene. "So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows as yonder lady o'er her fellow shows" When Romeo and Juliet speak to each other the speech forms a sonnet; this is the 14 line poem which has alternate rhyme and ends in a rhyming couplet and this shows us the way they feel about each other. ...read more.

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If he be married, my grave is likely to be my wedding bed". Romeo and Juliet are already keeping their love a secret and when she lies to the Nurse, the only person she trusts this shows the audience that they don't really care about anyone but themselves as they are in love and this sets the tone for their relationship. "My only love sprung from my only hate." This is because she has fallen in love with the boy of her dreams. She now knows that he is a Montague and knows her family won't accept their love for one another. At the end of the scene I think that the audience become more anxious as they want to know what else happens in the scenes to come. If they did a play for a modern audience I think that it will work as it did in Shakespeare time because everyone enjoys love stories and they will have more equipment and props so the play will become more realistic. This scene is very important to the play because without it lots of other events wouldn't take place. This scene also has dramatic irony because the audience knows more than the characters as the audience are fully involved in the play. I like this scene in the play because I like the way Romeo and Juliet first meet and fall in love, I also like the way Shakespeare's language is used to create characters, to add emotion and express meanings in the scene. ...read more.

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