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Analysis of Romeo and Juliet ( Act 1 , Scene 5 ).

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Analysis of Romeo and Juliet ( Act 1 , Scene 5 ) Act 1, scene 5 starts with four Capulet's servants busily preparing for the party. Romeo is in the party with his friends, hoping to see Rosaline who he thinks he is in love with. Juliet is in the party to view Paris, a potential husband, she was asked to marry him from her mother. Romeo and Juliet meet in this scene for the first time. It starts with Capulet's servants talking in prose. The servants' quick interchange gives the impression of excitement. Common people, such as servants and people with no education, mostly speak prose. Then the guests arrived and Lord Capulet starts to speak in blank verse (unrhymed iambic pentameter). He acts as a commentator to what was going on in the party. "You are welcome, gentlemen! Come, musicians play. A hall! A hall! Give room, and foot it, girls! More light, you knaves! And turn the tables up, And quench the fire, the room is grown too hot." Lord Capulet commands his servants and talk to his guests at the same time which gives an impression of lots of things happening at the same time. ...read more.


He makes many comparisons between light and dark, black and white: "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright!" "So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows," This conflict between light and dark occurs throughout the play, symbolising the conflict between the two families and the clash of love and hate. After Romeo's talk, Tybalt notices Romeo's presence. He immediately asks for his rapier, so he can kill Romeo. Tybalt talks in blank verse which shows a contrast between Romeo who talks in rhymed couplets and does not wish to join in the family feud, but prefers to talk of love: "Fetch my rapier, boy. What, dares the slave Come hither, cover'd with an antic face," This also shows Tybalt's quick temper. He is a man of fewer words and more action. Once he knows there is a Montague in the party, he immediately asks for his rapier to kill him. He considers it to be right to kill Romeo and continue the family feud: "Now, by the stock and honour of my kin, To strike him dead I hold it not a sin." The talk of love from Romeo is now contrasted by Tybalt's talk of hatred, death and killing. ...read more.


Romeo asks for Juliet's name after she goes to see Lady Capulet. When Romeo discovers that Juliet is a Capulet, he is so shocked: " Is she a Capulet? O dear account! My life is my foe's debt." Benvolio then leads Romeo away. Juliet still does not know who Romeo is. She asks her nurse to find out who he is. But she asks two other men first, just to make it not so obvious that she is interested in Romeo. When the nurse tells her he is a Montague, she is equally shocked: "My only love sprung from my only hate!" I think they both feel despair and disappointed. However, neither of them gives up and tries to move on. Also, they do not know each other's name before they fall in love with each other and kissed, suggesting the haste and suddenness of their love. This scene is mostly about Romeo and Juliet's first meeting, but the way in which Shakespeare presents this with Tybalt's aggression suggests that it is not only the beginning of their love but also their downfall and death. Romeo and Juliet try to stop the conflict between their houses and so they can be together, but Tybalt wishes to divide them and continue the family feud. This mixture of love and hate is the main theme of the play. ...read more.

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