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How does Shakespeare build up the contrast between love and hate in Act 1 scene 5?

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How does Shakespeare build up the contrast between love and hate in Act 1 scene 5? The play 'Romeo and Juliet' is about the relationship between two young people who are from feuding families. The two lovers are basically doomed from the start, as we can see from the title of the prologue - 'The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.' Tragedy tells us that it the story will end in disaster, which it does. The prologue gives us an outline of the story telling us a brief history of the two families and what happens to Romeo and Juliet. The first few lines tell us about 'Two households alike in dignity.' 'Dignity' shows us that the two families are dignified, and probably have a good reputation in the city. We also see that they are very alike. Despite the families' high standard, their 'mutiny' is an act of rebellion against the prince; their fighting could put the whole city of Verona in danger. After telling us about the two families, the prologue then tells us about the fate of Romeo and Juliet. They were both born from the 'fatal loins' of their parents, 'loins' meaning the reproductive area and 'fatal' meaning anything made from them is doomed. ...read more.

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This develops the idea of light against dark. This makes Juliet seem like an extraordinary person who stands out well against the mundane crowd. In lines 53-91 Tybalt has just noticed Romeos presence and in return he is furious. He could recognize the masked Romeo because of his typical Montague way of talking in rhyme, as we can see from 'This, by his voice, should be a Montague.' So obviously Tybalt has grown accustomed to the Montague's' way of speaking. Tybalt's reaction is, again, impulsive and violent, 'Fetch me my rapier, boy.' Tybalt instantly wants to fight, despite all the guests and the chance of ruining his uncle's ball. Tybalt thinks the only reason Romeo has came to the ball is to mock the Capulet's efforts, this fuels his hatred for Romeo, urging him on to fight. Tybalt uses words which show hate, like 'villain' many times. This shows he thinks Romeo an enemy. This contrasts with Romeo's little speech, as he used words that showed love and affection, Tybalt's words show hate and loathing. Capulet isn't too happy with Romeo's arrival at the ball, but he still doesn't let Tybalt fight him. ...read more.

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So Romeo kisses Juliet on the lips, and they are about to start another sonnet, but the nurse needs to talk with Juliet. The nurse tells Juliet that her mothers 'craves a word' with her. Romeo is curious, about this, so he asks 'What is her mother?' This is when reality breaks in on Romeo and drags him out of his happiness, the nurse replies Her mother is the lady of the house,' so she is Lady Capulet, therefore Juliet is a Capulet, his enemy. Romeo has a very shocked reaction to this, he says his 'life is my foes debt,' he thinks that he owes his life to his enemy, who is also his lover. Act 1 scene 5 is extremely important in the play because it is the main point of Romeo and Juliet's relationship. It is also important because it is the starting point of Tybalt's vengeance seeking with the Montages that will result in two deaths, Mercutio's and his own. The contrast Shakespeare has built up is very strong, with the sensitive, gentle love between Romeo and Juliet, and the strong hatred from Tybalt. This scene sets out what will happen later on the play, the strong feelings of love and hate and the deaths, and the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Thomas Smith 10E ...read more.

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