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Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet

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Emmet Murphy Romeo and Juliet ACT ONE SCENE FIVE Analyse the dramatic effectiveness of Act 1 Scene 5 of "Romeo and Juliet", exploring how Shakespeare has created an atmosphere of romance and danger in the scene Act 1 Scene 5 is such an important part of the play because Romeo and Juliet meet each other for the first time and their romance begins. We also learn of Capulet's humorous personality and Tybalts menacing and violent side. Capulet's servants are busily clearing the hall in preparation for the dance that follows the meal. "We cannot be here and there too" The servants are rushing around; they are looking forward to the party. There is a sense of excitement around the party Lord Capulet's speech starting on line 15 uses jokes to get the party mood started, he asks musicians to play and women to dance. ...read more.


" Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night" It is evident that Romeo doesn't have a real idea of what love is. This is perhaps because of his tender age. William Shakespeare uses imagery to improve the romantic atmosphere. Romeo compares Juliet to "a rich jewel in Ethiop's ear" (Line 45). Ethiop is meant to be a black person; a jewel would shine more brightly against darker skin. He also compares her to a beautiful white dove amongst ugly crows. "Shows a snowy dove trooping with crows" Juliet's beauty stands out from the rest of the partygoers. Romeo treats Juliet as if she is some sort of saintly figure where her beauty should be worshipped, saying, "Touching hers, make blessed my rude hand" Tybalt is furious that Romeo has intruded on his uncle's party. ...read more.


Romeo doesn't receive a warning letter in time and kills himself because he cannot do without Juliet. Juliet soon awakes to find her lover dead. She commits suicide because she is so heartbroken. Shakespeare makes the first meeting between Romeo and Juliet romantic because they use poetic language as if in a sonnet. Romeo uses the imagery of a pilgrim approaching a saint's shrine. "This holy shrine...my lips to blushing pilgrims" Romeo and Juliet are shocked when they find out each other's names. Shakespeare gives us a hint that the relationship will end in tragedy when Juliet predicts, "If he (Romeo) be married, my grave is likely to be my wedding bed". She means that if she is married to the prince that she would commit suicide. I think the reason Romeo and Juliet fall in love so quickly is because they are made for each other. The scene is both romantic and exciting for the audience ...read more.

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