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how does act act 1 scene 5 and act 3 scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet affect the tragic ending of the play?

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How does act 1 scene 5 and act 3 scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet affect the tragic ending of the play? In my essay I will be analysing the two scenes, act 1 scene 5 and act 3 scene 1 from the play Romeo and Juliet. Summery: The well known play Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare, is about a young boy and girl who fall in love. They do not realise that they are from enemy families that have been involved in a long feud for many years. They first meet at a party held by Juliet's parents the Capulet's. Romeo and his other Monatgue friends have snuck into the party uninvited. The moment the two first meet they fall madly in love. They secretly meet and within a couple of days they are to be married. However as the family feud continues, more blood is shed as Tybalt (Capulet) kills Mercutio (Montague). Because of this Romeo seeks revenge by killing Tybalt. The prince banishes Romeo from Verona upon hearing the death of Tybalt or he too will have to face death. Romeo leaves Verona, as Juliet mourns for him not believing what he has done. Although Juliet still defends him, and becomes upset from the prospect of never seeing him again, and says she wants to die. Similarly does Romeo, however Friar Lawrence persuades him otherwise telling him that he will see Juliet again. ...read more.


Romeo takes Juliet's hand and says her hand is like a holy place where he is unworthy of visiting. She replies that by holding her hand he is showing devotion, and pilgrims touch the hands of statues of saints, so holding one palm against another is like a kiss. He then questions her by saying don't saints and pilgrims have lips too? She says yes-but those lips are for the use of prayer. To that he says let lips do what hands do, and that he is praying for her to kiss him. He asks her to make his prayer come true so as he doesn't loose his faith. She says that the saints do not move even when they grant the prayers. To which he replies don't move while I act out my prayer. With this he kisses her, and states that his sin has been taken from his lips. To which she asks if her lips now have the sin from his? To which he takes his sin back with another kiss. With that they are parted from one another as Juliet is rushed away to talk with her mother. Romeo asks the nurse "who is her mother", to which the nurse delivers the bad news that she is the lady of the house - a Capulet. Romeo shocked with what he has heard says to himself "Is she a Capulet? ...read more.


This would mean Romeo wouldn't need to receive a message about the Friar's plan as it would not exist, so therefore he would not visit the apothecary under false pretences to buy the lethal poison in which he uses to kill himself. As well as this Paris's life would also be spared, as he would not be at the tomb side of the supposedly dead Juliet. And lastly Juliet would not be forced to commit suicide as her one true love, would too not have needed to take his own life in order for the couple to be together. To conclude I think that Tybalt is the most to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. I don't think it is his fault entirely as he has been bought up thinking that the Montague's are enemies, but due to his uncontrollable anger more lives were lost that were uninvolved in the feud. Because Tybalt refused to listen to Romeo's reasoning his actions led not only to his deaths but the separation and the tragic ending of the two soul mates. As the prince said, "For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo." All this tragedy could have been prevented if the families sorted out the feud a long time ago, and allowed Verona to become a city of peace, rather than the host of an ongoing war. ...read more.

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