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By concentrating on Act 1 Scene 5, explore the ways Shakespeare suggests that from even their first meeting Romeo and Juliet's love will end in tragedy?

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By concentrating on Act 1 Scene 5, explore the ways Shakespeare suggests that from even their first meeting Romeo and Juliet's love will end in tragedy? Throughout the play, Shakespeare suggests that various difficulties and setbacks are likely to be faced in Romeo and Juliet's relationship. From the very first scene, when fighting between the two opposing families broke out, the viewer of the play sees the hatred between the Montagues and the Capulets. So much is the hate, that they are willing to killing each other. After presenting this to the viewer, Shakespeare surprises us by hinting in Act 1 Scene 5 that a relationship is likely to form between Romeo and Juliet due to the love between them. Moreover, Shakespeare emphasises this when Romeo says, "Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! / For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." Moving through the crowd, Tybalt, Juliet's cousin, hears and recognizes Romeo's voice. Realizing that there is a Montague present, Tybalt sends a servant to fetch his rapier. Capulet overhears Tybalt and reprimands him, telling him that Romeo is well regarded in Verona, and that he will not have the youth harmed at his feast. ...read more.


Romeo and Juliet are so enrapt completing the sonnet and gazing into each other's sparkling eyes that they forget to ask one another for names; instead, both discover from the Nurse the other's identity. In an instant, Juliet concisely expresses the connection between love and hate and marriage and death: "My only love sprung from my only hate." She also declares immediately that if she cannot marry Romeo, she would rather die: "If he be married. / My grave is like to be my wedding bed." The image of death as a bridegroom for Juliet is repeated throughout the play to maintain an atmosphere of impending tragedy There are more complications which suggest that Romeo and Juliet's love will end in tragedy. After the fighting earlier in the play, the prince issues an edict that there will be death for anyone who 'disturbs the peace' in Verona. This leaves the audience in a bit of suspense as the audience knows that someone is going to die and Shakespeare suggests this way that there is going to be tragedy. ...read more.


The shared sonnet between Romeo and Juliet therefore creates a link between their love and their destiny. With just one shared sonnet, Shakespeare finds a means of expressing perfect love and linking it to a tragic fate. In conclusion, the audience is suggested to throughout the play by Shakespeare that Romeo and Juliet's love will end in a fatal tragedy. There loves opposed the social customs and the social structure of the society they lived in. It was against family standards, religious values and outside the norms of the traditional marriages in Verona. Moreover, because fate had a part to play, there was no way they or their love would last till the end of the play. Tybalt "Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe: A villain that is hither come in spite, To scorn at our solemnity this night. He further states, "I'll not endure him" "I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall, Now seeming sweet, convert to bitt'rest gall." Romeo "O dear account! My life is my foe's debt" Juliet "If he be married, My life is like to be a wedding bed" "My only love sprung from my only hate!" "...That I must love a loathed enemy." ...read more.

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