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How does Shakespeare bring out the themes of love and hate through the language and actions of the characters in Act 1, scene 5? How do the events of the scene prepare for the action of the rest of the play?

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How does Shakespeare bring out the themes of love and hate through the language and actions of the characters in Act 1, scene 5? How do the events of the scene prepare for the action of the rest of the play? Romeo and Juliet is about two families, The Montagues and the Capulets. These two families hate each other and Romeo and Juliet come from different families so they can't share the love they have for each other. The play ends in tragedy and both families learn a valuable lesson. When Romeo sees Juliet for the first time he prepares for the speech that is about to come by having his eyes fixed on Juliet and slowly moving forward as he tries to get a glimpse of her. Some of the comparisons that Romeo uses in his speech puts forward a message that Juliet is the most perfect human being in the whole world and that she stands out from everyone else. Romeo displays this by, "As rich as a jewel in an Ethiops ear." ...read more.

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Tybalt may have a certain look in his eye, which would demonstrate the hatred between the two families. By the effect on Tybalt at the end of the conversation between himself and Capulet, you can see that Tybalt despises Romeo and maybe senses that he is up to something but Tybalt doesn't quite know what. "Patience perforce with wilful choler meeting makes my flesh tremble in their different greeting: I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall, now seeming sweet, convert to bitt'rest gall." From this we can also recognise the hatred that Tybalt has for Romeo as the sight of him makes Tybalt's flesh tremble. Shakespeare makes these liens memorable by pausing at regular intervals, which helps build up the tension, and is concluded in the last little bit of the line, "convert to bitt'rest gall." This is memorable as this acts like a turning point in the play and is the decisive moment when Tybalt is going to do something about Romeo and the Montagues. When Romeo and Juliet first meet they communicate through a love sonnet. By having them speak this way, Shakespeare emphasises the theme of love straight away. ...read more.

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Juliet has a small speech and in the first line she says, "My only love sprung from my only hate." This brings everything that is about to happen down to earth because Romeo and Juliet both know whom each other are and that they should never be in love in the first place. She also Says, "That I must love a loathed enemy." This is putting a message forward that this would only happen to her and it is just her luck. She also uses the word, 'loathed', which keeps the thought of the hatred that Romeo and Juliet are supposed to have for each other. Now they both know who each other are, the predicament stands at they are either going to have a very awkward love or they can never see each other again, despite their love. They end up choosing to have a very awkward love. The back round of hate fits into this by the way Juliet says her speech and the way Romeo uses the word, 'foe', to describe Juliet. They are reminding themselves that they have to be deprived of their love because of their back rounds. ...read more.

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