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Dramatic contrasts in act 1 scene 5 - 'Romeo and Juliet'.

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Dramatic contrasts in act 1 scene 5. 'Romeo and Juliet' is the romantic tragedy by Shakespeare telling the story of two young lovers from feuding families who killed themselves rather than be parted. The scene opens with four servants all busily making preparations for the gathering. Romeo and Juliet's first encounter is in a party at the house of Capulet. Romeo is at the party uninvited, with his friends eager to see Rosaline, the women he thinks he is in love with, and Juliet is meant to be meeting Paris, a possible suitor which her mother requested Juliet to see, although she has no wish to marry at this time. The scene opens with four servants all busily making preparations for the gathering. The servant's section of the play is all very quick and leaves the idea of bustle and excitement. They talk in prose. The audience is given the impression of there being a lot more servants on stage than just the four. The visitors then appear on stage and the action changes from the servants to Lord Capulet who speaks in blank verse. Capulet acts as a observer to the action. "You are welcome gentlemen. Come, musicians play. A hall, a hall, give room! ...read more.


Romeo also shows this with the line "Did my heart love till now?" this shows that his feelings for Rosaline were false but his feelings for Juliet are not. This talk of love is then contrasted by Tybalt's hatred for Romeo and all Montagues and his talk of death and killing: "To strike him dead I hold it not a sin." This language is typical of Tybalt, who is always talking of death, violence and detestation. As soon as Tybalt hears Romeo he says "This, by his voice should be a Montague. Fetch me my rapier, boy." This shows Tybalt's character, he is a man of fewer words and more action, which is a contrast to Romeo who does not join in with the feuding of his family but favours talking of love and of sensitive issues. Romeo marvels at Juliet from a distance when he first sees her but as soon as Tybalt discovers Romeo he immediately asks for his sword. Tybalt also speaks in blank verse, another contrast with Romeo. Tybalt's anger on discovering a Montague at the party is unexpectedly contrasted to Capulet's calm manner towards it: " I would not for the wealth of all this town here in my house do him disparagement; therefore be patient, take no note of him;..." ...read more.


This talk of having money is contrasted immediately afterwards when Romeo discovers that Juliet is a Capulet and says "my life is my foe's debt." Benvolio then leads Romeo away. Towards the end of the scene when there is just the nurse and Juliet left on stage, Juliet shows how cunning she can be by pointing out and questioning after the names of many men when she is trying to find out who Romeo is. She shows how clever she is by hiding the reality that it is only Romeo she is interested in by not mentioning him first. This contrasts to the former displays of her youth and innocence and supposed naivety. The line "if he be married, by grave is likely to be my wedding bed." This makes use of dramatic irony as this is near to the truth. It is also a contrast to her previous feelings before the scene when she told the nurse and her mother that she did not wish to marry. After Juliet finds out that Romeo is a Montague she says "My only love sprung from my only hate!" she recognises that she is in love with Romeo and the feelings of horror and dread is experienced by both Romeo and Juliet on discovering each others names is another contrast to the feelings of happiness and bustle conversed of the feast earlier. ...read more.

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