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How effectively does Shakespeare develop the themes of love and hate in act one scene five of Romeo And Juliet?

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How Effectively Does Shakespeare Develop The Themes Of Love And Hate In Act One Scene Five Of Romeo And Juliet? Laurence Phillips 10G1 The fifth scene in act one is remarkably important in the story for a number of reasons. It is the first time that Romeo lays his eyes on Juliet and becomes overwhelmed by her beauty. "O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!" He has forgotten all about his previous love Rosaline and realises that up until this point he has not known the true meaning of love. "I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." It is also incredibly important because it is the first opportunity for a conflict to occur between the Capulet and Montague families. ...read more.

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During the first scene, Tybalt tells Benvolio: "...Peace? I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee." This gives us an indication of the absolute hate felt by Tybalt himself for the opposite family, using a comparison between hell and all Montagues. In act one scene five, Tybalt is almost again involved in a brawl with the Montague family, particularly Romeo himself. Lucky for Romeo, Tybalt and all, Capulet calms down Tybalt. Tybalt exits but not before expressing his disgust toward Romeo, threatening to, "...Convert to bitterest gall." (Or kill him.) The themes of love and hate are very cleverly interwoven with Juliet's words almost at the end of the scene: "My only love sprung from my only hate!" Here, she is speaking of young Romeo, whom she had only met that night at her parents' party. ...read more.

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"...She doth teach the torches to burn bright!" is just one of the many expressions Shakespeare uses to convey the idea of Romeo being a victim of love. "I ne'er saw true beauty 'til this night." Although he has only just seen Juliet, already Rosaline is out of the picture. Him talking of Juliet being true beauty makes the whole description of her all the more passionate. I feel Juliet felt exactly the same love for Romeo as he did for her. Juliet said at the end of the scene: "If he be married, my grave is likely to be my wedding-bed" referring to Romeo. This shows us that Juliet would be willing to die to be with Romeo. The moment Romeo and Juliet first meet and speak is cleverly laid out by Shakespeare. Juliet uses the religious term "pilgrim" towards Romeo, which to me depicts an image of church, and subsequently marriage. ...read more.

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