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How does Shakespeare use character, motivation and language in Act I Scene V to move the plot forward?

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How does Shakespeare use character, motivation and language in Act I Scene V to move the plot forward? A tragic love story where "a pair of star crossed lovers take their lives", Romeo and Juliet is a play, with themes that conflict each other, complimenting the relationships between the Montagues and the Capulets, the two rival families. Along with religion and death, love and hate are the two most prominent yet conflicting themes found in Romeo and Juliet, with Romeo and Juliet's love for each other and their families on-going feud. "My only love sprung from my only hate" Juliet - Act I Scene V Shakespeare's use of the universal themes of love and hate are still relevant to audiences today; as no matter what, it is human nature to love and hate, and by using these as his base themes Shakespeare has shown the consequences of what love and hate can do. Before Romeo and Juliet actually meet in Act I Scene V the audience receive a lot of information about each of them, from the previous scenes. Romeo is portrayed as a young man who is broken hearted from finding out that Rosaline has "sworn that she will live chaste". It is because of this that Romeo behaved closed and to himself. "But to himself so secret and so close" Romeo - Act I Scene I It is only when Benvolio talks to him that the audience see Romeo open up to reveal that he is truly sensitive and that he may truly be in love with Rosaline. ...read more.

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"And touching hers, make bless�d my rude hand." Romeo - Act I Scene V Romeo's language is full of love, with references to both true love and religion, which would allow the reader - especially with religion - to se this asides importance. Also, Romeo uses a lot of antitheses to describe Juliet, using them as metaphorical contrasts of beauty with ugliness, peace with violence and light and dark. "So shows a snowy white dove trooping with crows." Romeo - Act I Scene V Shakespeare has used it to enhance the feelings that the audience feels toward Juliet. However, this is all contrasted by the actions and words of Tybalt, who is full of anger and hatred for Romeo. "To strike him dead I hold not a sin." Tybalt - Act I Scene V This angry behaviour conforms to the expectation that has been created from what Capulet said earlier in the scene about the heat, and it is this that explains Tybalt's fury. Also, the audience would realise that Tybalt feels the way he does towards Romeo due to them being from rival families. There is a shock to the audience as Capulet finds out about Romeo's presence. The audience expect Capulet to be enraged to find out that there is a Montague in his home but instead of this he shows restraint and self-control. Also, when Tybalt offends Romeo's honour, by calling him a "villain", it is Capulet who actually defends Romeo. "Verona brags of him to be a virtuous and well-governed youth" Capulet - Act I Scene V This behaviour might have been used, by Shakespeare, as a subliminal reference to the themes of peace ad violence. ...read more.

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By finding out that they are from rival families, tension is caused for Romeo and Juliet. It also leaves the audience with a highpoint and some uncertainty as to what will happen to Romeo and Juliet's love. This then makes the audience ask themselves will Romeo and Juliet follow their parents and never speak to and hate each other or will they follow their hearts and be together at all costs - even their lives. Shakespeare, I feel, has successfully made the scene dramatically effective as it leaves the audience thinking as to what is going to happen further into the play. Shakespeare has also used the dialogue of his characters manipulate them into thinking a certain way about certain characters. For example, Tybalt's words are always full of anger and hatred and therefore the audience may feel a certain repulsion for this character. Act I Scene V is crucial to the rest of the play as this is when Romeo and Juliet meet fall in love and find out who each other is. Without this scene none of this would happen and if Romeo and Juliet do not meet and come together the this has left the audience left unfulfilled. Also, there is really no play at all. Personally, I think that Act I Scene V is dramatic, also, it is a real moment of tension when Romeo and Juliet find out they are from rival families and builds up the dramatic effect even further, allowing Shakespeare to move the play forward with ease. However, Act I Scene V does convey the message of love very well, with the uses of the sonnet, along with Romeo's first speech. ?? ?? ?? ?? Romeo and Juliet Essay Alisha John Page 1 of 8 ...read more.

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