• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. Analysis of Act 3 Scene 5 - Romeo and Juliet

    Lady Capulet thinks that she is crying because of the death of Tybalt. Lady Capulet connives and tells her that she will have revenge on Romeo saying that she will have Romeo dead. " I will send him an unaccustom'd dram that he shall soon keep Tybalt company."

  2. Why is Act 3 Scene 1 such an important part of Shakespeare's tragedy, "Romeo ...

    It is here that Romeo decides that Tybalt is to blame for Mercutio's death and for the staining of his reputation. We can see that Romeo is shattered by Mercutio's death, and his ability to make sensible choices and decisions has been clouded by hatred and anger for Tybalt.

  1. Romeo and Juliet: Act 3, Scene 5

    Juliet but about her: 'To have her match'd, and having now provided' I believe that the stage would be set out with lady Capulet and the nurse stood together at the left of the stage, Capulet in the middle talking to Nurse and his wife, and then Juliet on her

  2. Explore the ways in which act 3 scene 4 prepare the audience for the ...

    so he is trying to marry Juliet as swiftly as possible, because he wants to be alive for his daughters marriage. The play is set in a matter of 5 days, this explains the rush in the characters lives and why everything is done so quickly.

  1. shakespeare Romeo & Juliet analysis act 3 scene 5

    She then quoted "Ere he, that's should be husband, comes to woo" (Line 119, Act 3 Scene 5) This shows that Juliet is astonished at the how fast the marriage is moving and is shocked that she is going to be married before her future husband's even been to see her.

  2. Why is Act 1 Scene 5 an important scene in Romeo and Juliet?

    Tybalt is made more furious when he is told by Capulet, his uncle, that he cannot confront Romeo and fight. This implies that he is a violent character as he wants to fight and that he encourages the fight and the tension between the families.

  1. How is drama created in act 3 scene 1 of Shakespeare(TM)s Romeo and Juliet?

    It is a key part to keep the audience drawn in, and Shakespeare uses it well in this scene. Romeo now married to Juliet intends on keeping at peace with her family and even tells her cousin Tybalt that he loves his family as much as his own, "Capulet, which name I tender as dearly as mine own".

  2. Focusing on Act 5, Scene 3, What are the Similarities and Differences between Romeo ...

    Five years later he moved to Stratford upon Avon. In 1596 six years later Hamnet tragically died. Shakespeare baught a new house in Stratford. He then opened the famous Globe theatre in London In 1599. After fourteen years the Globe theatre burned down. Shakespeare died at the age of 52, accomplishing a lot in his life.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work