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Discuss the importance of Act One Scene Five in Romeo and Juliet

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GCSE Coursework Discuss the importance of Act One Scene Five in Romeo and Juliet Act One Scene five is a very important because it is the scene where Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love at first sight. Their love is contrasted with Tybalt's anger and hatred, which leads to the tragic outcome occurring later in the play. We get to know more about the main characters and the theme of fate, set up in the prologue, is evident again here. This scene begins with the serving men preparing for the Capulet ball. They are bustling about, joking and speaking informally. They say "Ay boy ready" and "You are looked for and called for, asked for and sought for, in the great chamber." ...read more.

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This shows Romeo believes she is much prettier than all the other girls around him. We know he is madly in love with her and it is love at first sight, his line "I ne'er saw true beauty, till this night" his use of rhyming couplets indicates true love. Romeo and Juliet actually meet on stage and we know as the audience that this section is important and about love, because it is written in a form of a sonnet. The use of religious imagery clearly shows the audience that Shakespeare wants them to think that this is love of the highest quality. Words such as "pilgrim", "holy shrine", "sin", "devotion", "saints", "palmers" and "prayer" compare Juliet to being God like. ...read more.

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We further see his power when Tybalt shows his anger at Romeo being at the party, first he says "Content thee gentle coz, let him alone..." When Tybalt refuses Capulet said "Go to, go to/ you saucy boy..." insulting Tybalt, and finally shouts saying "I'll make you quiet..." Showing this extreme of character in this scene could for shadow his attitude towards his daughter, when he discovers she doesn't intend to marry Paris. Tybalt seems to be one of Shakespeare's representational characters, epitomizing hate. When the audience first meet Tybalt in Act 1 Scene 1, he seems to be enjoying the "fray" and tells us he hates "peace hell and all Montague's". In this scene he threatens revenge on Romeo; he says "convert" his anger "to bitt'rest gall." This leads to the tragedy and death of Romeo, Tybalt, Mercutio and Juliet. ...read more.

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