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Analyse the dramatic qualities of Act 1, Scene 5 and comment on its importance to the play as a whole

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Romeo & Juliet Coursework Analyse the dramatic qualities of Act 1, Scene 5 and comment on its importance to the play as a whole Romeo & Juliet is an Elizabethan style tragedy, with two star crossed lovers held back by a long standing family feud. Romeo & Juliet are passionately in love after they meet at Juliet's house, at a house party. Which Romeo and his friends, the Montague's gate crashed and this is where they met. This happened in Act 1, Scene 5 which I am going to analyse. The plot of Romeo and Juliet was taken from a whole range of other stories, poems and plays. The original idea was written by a man called Masuccio Salernitano. It was set in a Italy in 1476. IT was a story about two lovers, this story was re-written and altered by writers over the next 100 years. Then an English poet wrote a poem called "The Tragicall Historye of Romeus & Juliet". This is where Shakespeare got the idea's about the characters and also adapted the story by Salernitano to come up with Romeo & Juliet. ...read more.

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However Juliet does not want to marry him after she meets Romeo and therefore betrays her family. This show that Juliet does not want to marry Paris as she is madly in love with Romeo and we later go on to see her did for him. Capulet then starts to greet people at his party, he is in a very good mood and the scene is in contrast of the previous scene, the mood makes the audience feel that the play is calm and tender and this makes them feel relaxed. When Romeo enters the party he is amazed by Juliet's amazing beauty. He totally forgets about Rosaline and falls in love with Juliet. He asks someone who she is but they do not know. He was no idea she is from the opposite family, the Capulet. O she doth teach the torches to burn bright, It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night Like a rich jewel in an ethiop's ear Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear! ...read more.

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My only love sprung from my only hate, Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me, That I must love a loathed enemy. This tells us that she loves Romeo and she knows she cant have him. This speech sets the scene for the tragedy to come. It tells the audience something terrible is going to happen and therefore prepares them for it. To conclude this scene has mood swings, it starts happy and cheerful, in contrast to the previous scene, then Tybalt see Romeo and the mood changes once again into a scene of anger, then Romeo and Juliet meet and the mood once again changes into a scene of love and romance. This scene is a key scene to the play as it sets the scene for the tragedy to come later on. It is the pivotal point in the play and is key to the understanding, it also shows you how Romeo & Juliet felt when they first met and makes you feel for them. ?? ?? ?? ?? Martin Suzan Romeo & Juliet 03/01/05 ...read more.

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