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Carrie - Anne Groves 10 kw Explain the dramatic significance of act 1 scene 5 of "Romeo and Juliet." This scene is very important to the whole play of " Romeo and Juliet." Mainly because its where Romeo and Juliet first meet and fall in love, we also see tybalts anger which shows us the obstacles that will become a problem in Romeo and Juliet's relationship. In a usual Shakespeare tragedy the main character that is noble of birth has a flow, which brings about their downfalls and death of others. " Romeo and Juliet" kind of fits in to this, Romeos fault is that he rushes in to things too fast but I don't believe this is the cause of Romeo and Juliet's death. I believe other people are responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet. For example the families of Romeo and Juliet could be both to blame, they should have ended the feud to set a good example to the younger members of the family, if the couple didn't have to hide there relationship there deaths may have been prevented because they wouldn't have had to go to such extreme measures. Some people may blame Mercutio for he left a curse on the both the families as he died. Friar Laurence could also have been to blame for the death, because he didn't get the message to Romeo quick enough about Juliet not actually been dead. ...read more.


Since Juliet is younger than Romeo and she invites him instead of giving him the cold shoulder, this shows how strong their love is because they are going against the traditions of society at the time. Later on in this scene they realise they are both from the different feuding families. Juliet finding out Romeo is a Montague does not affect their love and she still wants him, she says to her nurse "go ask his name. If he be married, my grave is like to be my wedding bed." This is very ironic because she does die soon after she is married; however even though they are family enemies there love is too pure and strong to be apart. Previous to act 1 scene 5 we see Tybalt in a street brawl between the Capulet's and the Montague's, he is a member of the Capulet family cousin to Juliet, and he hates the word peace, and wants to continue the feud. In act 1 scene 5, he wants to start trouble because he feels Romeo is intruding in his home and making a mockery of his family. "Tis he, that villain Romeo" Tybalt says to his uncle which he then argues with as Tybalt wants to cause trouble at the party but lord Capulet wouldn't let him. As lord Capulet wont have any trouble at the party Tybalt then plans his revenge on Romeo, so Shakespeare makes us realise that Tybalt is very angry and does not like to be made a fool of. ...read more.


Before they meet I would have them chasing each other round the garden through the plants and the trees until they caught each other. This scene is important to the whole, play because it is were Romeo and Juliet first meet and fall in love, then find out they are from enemy families and we see the obstacles that are going to be between them and what they will have to overcome to be together. Shakespeare makes is very obvious that the love is going to end in tragedy by the fact he shows us the obstacles for example, Tybalt wanting to take revenge on Romeo for been at the party. Also he starts the fight with a play so at some point we know there will be a broken heart. Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare most popular plays, I believe it does have relevance on today's society, today we see many arranged marriages, mixed race marriages, sometimes causing great distress to the individuals concerned. The 21st century children growing up in a muti race society find it easy to stray from the traditions set down by there families leading to distress for both the young people and there parents. Poverty and deprivation within the inner cities sometimes leads to gang like cultures, which could create the same scenario as Shakespeare's plot. The musical west side story brings Shakespeare play set to music back alive, with scene set in America in the 1950s. Shakespeare love and tragedy story brought to life again in the two rival gangs the sharks and the jets ending in tragedy for 2 young lovers. ...read more.

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