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Act I, scene 5 and Act II, scene 2 relate Romeo and Juliet's first meeting and their subsequent declarations of love. Explore these scenes and their importance to the play as a whole.

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The play Romeo and Juliet is set in fourteenth century Verona, Italy, where two families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are feuding. Romeo Montague attends a Capulet party in disguise with his friends, meets Juliet Capulet, and falls immediately in love with her. She returns those feelings and agrees to marry Romeo the next day. The young couple turn to Friar Laurence who performs the ceremony because he thinks this will end the feud between the two families. Shortly after the ceremony, Romeo and Tybalt engage in a duel. As a result, Romeo is banished. Meanwhile, unaware of the wedding, Lord Capulet promises Paris that Juliet will marry him. In despair, Juliet again turns to Friar Laurence for help. Through mix-ups and misunderstandings, the love of Juliet and Romeo is doomed. However, at the beginning, Romeo and Juliet lived in a world of their own, and it was pure bliss. Their first meeting, and the time when they declare their love for each other, both play a significant part in the play. The audience learn about the real character of Romeo during these scenes. ...read more.

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The importance of this is to contrast between real love and superficial love, which makes it easier for the audience to see when a character is in love. At the beginning, Romeo is portrayed as a young boy who believes he is in love with someone, but when he falls for Juliet we see that, this time, it is real. This is important because the audience dislike Romeo at the start of the play, as he is wallowing in his own sorrows all of the time. Yet, when he really falls in love, the audience find themselves warming to the character of Romeo. This also adds a lot of drama, as the audience knows that he is destined to die. Also, Romeo's language changes from when he "loved" Rosaline to when he falls for Juliet, which proves that his feelings for both women are not the same. When he was infatuated by Rosaline, he said things like "feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health..." These sound as if he is reading them from a book, and have no emotion behind them; the language used is very predictable, and obviously not from the heart. ...read more.

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Language, structure and form are used as methods to achieve the desired reaction from the audience: the language used by both lovers is very heart-felt and delicate, showing that their love is mutual and pure. Romeo uses metaphors of religion and nature to describe Juliet, and in his opinion she seems to be the superlative of all things beautiful; the first time Romeo and Juliet meet, their lines are structured so that their words run together and it looks as if the couple were destined to be together, because they work so perfectly with each other; the couple's lines at their first meeting don't only run together, but they also form a sonnet. Sonnets are usually used to express love in poetry. However, in this case it also reminds the audience of the prologue, which was also in the form of a sonnet. The importance of these things is that they add to the tragedy by proving again that the couple are really in love, because if the couple didn't love each other as much as they did, it would not cause such heartache for the audience throughout the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? Alex Mullan - English Coursework - Romeo and Juliet Page 1 of 5 ...read more.

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