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Act 1 Scene 5 Romeo and Juliet Essay

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Explore the ways that Shakespeare makes Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet is a love story about two teenagers who fall in love with each other, "two star struck lovers". There are many themes in this play but in Act 1 Scene 5 the two key themes are Love and Hate. The love shared by the youngest of each house hold and the hate shared throughout the two households. The audience don't know much about Romeo and Juliet at first, all they know is that Romeo is from the Montague household and Juliet is from the Capulet household and that both of these households are high in status. In this scene the audience expect Juliet to meet Paris and for her to make her judgement on him to weather or not she will marry Paris, "Read o'er the volume of young Paris' face, And find delight writ there with beauty's pen; Examine every married lineament. They will also expect Romeo to meet Rosaline again and for there love to continue. Shakespeare opens up Act 1 Scene 5 by introducing the audience to the servant. He uses the servants to inform us about the party and open up the party. ...read more.


He sends his pager to collect his rapier for him so that he is able to kill Romeo "Now by my stock and honour of my kin, To strike him dead I hold not a sin." Capulet doesn't know initially why Tybalt has gone off on one and when he is told that Romeo is a Montague by Tybalt he try to calm Tybalt down. This reaction from Tybalt shows us that the bad feelings shown are mainly held upon the younger generations rather than the older generations. Capulet tries to calm Tybalt down by telling Tybalt that Romeo isn't such a bad person "And to say truth, Verona brags of him, to be a virtuous and well-governed youth.", and tells Tybalt that a party is not the place to cause trouble "It is my will, the which if thou respect, Show a fair presence, and put off these frowns". This just makes Tybalt more aggressive and he says "He shall be endured". Capulet uses 2 rhetorical questions "Am I the master here, or you? Go to!, You'll not endure him? God shall mend my soul" . After this Tybalt backs down but threatens that there is going to be trouble in the near future "I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall, Now seeming sweet, convert to bitterest gall" . ...read more.


The dramatic effect of the ending is that it breaks up the love scene between Romeo and Juliet in a big way . When Romeo discovers that Juliet is a Capulet he realises what problems this relationship will cause "O dear account! My life is my foe's debt." . Benvolio advices Romeo to leave. Juliet soon discovers by talking to the nurse after some confusion that the man she has been talking to is a Montague and is devastated "That I must love a loathed enemy" . This leaves us wanting to know more about what happens. Shakespeare has made Act 1 Scene 5 dramatically effective because he has shown us the blossoming love between Romeo and Juliet the fact that they are warring families and the depth of hatred this causes in Tybalt. The universal themes of love and hate are still relevant to audiences today, many books and films are still about these themes (love and hate) and the story of Romeo and Juliet continues to be told in different ways such as the film " West Side Story". My personal opinion about the scene is that it tells us a lot about the two households but I feel as if this scene is not the most interesting scene in the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? Romeo and Juliet English GCSE Year 10 Essay Samantha Donaldson ...read more.

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