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Examine The Importance Of Act 1 Scene 5 Considering The Significance In Terms Of Plot, Character, Theme And Dramatic Power - Romeo and Juliet

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Examine The Importance Of Act 1 Scene 5 Considering The Significance In Terms Of Plot, Character, Theme And Dramatic Power Romeo and Juliet is a love story about two "star-crossed lovers" who are from rival families, the Capulets and the Montagues, that have been arguing for years, they meet and fall in love at first sight, the story contains various points to change what is happening in the play concerning plot, character, theme and dramatic power. But Act 1 Scene 5 could possibly be the main turning point. Concerning plot this scene changes the whole story, before this scene Romeo is convinced that he is in love with Rosaline, he is depressed because she does not love him or because he knows that nothing can become of it because she is more important than he is, he expresses this love using oxymorons in Act 1 Scene 5, "O Heavy Lightness, Serious vanity, Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms, Father of Lead, Bright smoke, cold fire, sick health, Still-waking sleep." It was fashionable in love poetry of Shakespeare's time to put together such contradictory words, these strange words are a clever way of expressing emotions, for example 'Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms', this means that in the physiological world the forms are well-seeming, but he feels misshapen and chaotic. ...read more.

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Put up your swords, you know not what you do... I do but keep the peace. Put up thy sword, Or manage to part these men with me." This shows that he will not fight and will try to negotiate peace all the time, though when there is no other choice he will fight. At the end of this scene they both leave just as they entered. Capulet appears to be a respected, in control man who likes to entertain his guests and involve everyone into the activities as this example shows, "You are welcome, gentlemen. Come, musicians, play. A hall, a hall, give room! And foot it, girls." At this point he is speaking in prose. If he requests something to be done people will carry it out, for example when Tybalt spots Romeo and requests to throw him out, "He shall be endured. What, goodman boy, I say he shall, go to! Am I the master here, or you? go to! You'll not endure him? God shall mend my soul," Tybalt respects this and does not do anything, even though he does not like it, Tybalt is a violent, aggressive man, as shown in Act 1 Scene 1 "What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word, As I hate hell and all Montagues, and thee." ...read more.

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This scene shows loyalty, Tybalt listens to Capulet and does not start a fight with Romeo. This scene also shows religion, with the religious imagery that Romeo and Juliet use in their sonnet. In terms of dramatic power this scene sets it up for the rest of the play. This scene is where Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time; they fall in love, which sets off a chain reaction of dramatic events, such as the discovery of each other's families, Tybalt murdering Mercutio and their untimely suicides. These are all very dramatic actions that help express meaning and emotions. Also there is power in the fact that Capulet allowed Romeo to stay at the ball, which shows that he is a decent man, and raises questions upon how trivial the family grudge is, if they really do hate each other, then why does he allow Romeo to stay? So in conclusion this scene changes the whole story in terms of Plot, Character, Theme And Dramatic Power, it is very important to the rest of the play because it is the point where Romeo and Juliet meet, without it the play would not go on. I believe that there is no message here, the only purpose for this play is for Shakespeare to entertain people and make money, so without this scene the play may not have been what it is. H/W Robert Minks 8/12/03 ...read more.

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