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In Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet, there is a dramatic sense of romance and danger. How does Shakespeare convey these emotions through his text? Consider how Baz Luhrmanns interpretation of this scene has brought out the emotions present in the te

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In Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet, there is a dramatic sense of romance and danger. How does Shakespeare convey these emotions through his text? Consider how Baz Luhrmann's interpretation of this scene has brought out the emotions present in the text. In Act 1, Scene 5, of "Romeo and Juliet", Shakespeare conveys romance and danger to the audience through his text in many ways, including his use of language and the way he structures his scene. The scene is important as Romeo meets Juliet and they find out they are from rival families. Tybalt also decides to take revenge on Romeo because he came to the feast uninvited and assumes Romeo wants to mock the Capulets. Previously, there had been a civil brawl between the Montagues and the Capulets. Afterwards, the Prince declared that the next person to start a fight, would be executed. Meanwhile, Paris and Capulet are discussing the possible marriage of him and Capulet's daughter Juliet. Paris is told to wait two years before marrying her but he can meet her at the feast that night. In Scene 1, Romeo talks to Benvolio about being 'in love' with Rosaline but unfortunately she does not want any involvement with him. ...read more.

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This shows that Juliet is kept inside the mansion which once again shows the social context of the play. Verona being a patriarchal society means Juliet, as her father's possession, is kept inside the mansion. In ten lines, the audience will be convinced of Romeo being in love and of Juliet's beauty. To begin with, he compares her to light, "she doth teaches the torches to burn bright". Romeo then extends this image by saying she is "like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear", again emphasizing her rarity and dazzling beauty. His comment "Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear", makes her seem to good to be true and is prophetic as it also seems Juliet is too good for this world; indeed she dies in four days. Romeo says she stands above everyone, "a snowy dove trooping with crows". He has compared her to Rosaline but Juliet is a much better sight. In the last four lines Romeo declines his love for Rosaline and announces his love for Juliet. Romeo speaks in rhyming couplets during the ten line speech which shows his passion for his new found love. ...read more.

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This creates suspense as the audience wonders if they will ever be together or if the families will stop them. Within this scene Shakespeare alternates from romance and danger many times. Juliet then seeks the identity of Romeo in excitement but doesn't want the Nurse to suspect anything so she asks the identity of two other men. Already, Juliet is keeping secrets which is a sign of things to come. Her thoughts as the nurse seeks Romeo's identity, "If he be married, my grave is like to be my wedding bed," shows Juliet is already thinking of marriage in terms of death. She finds out Romeo is a Montague and is instantly distressed. She now loves him and cannot change her feelings, even though now he is a Montague. Her rhyming couplets express her passion for Romeo, but with Juliet her passion often leads to desperation. We then see Juliet isolated as the "strangers" leave and keeping her love secret from her Nurse makes Juliet alone literally with her new found love. Act 1, Scene 5 is a scene full of dramatic emotion, especially romance and danger. As the final scene of Act 1, it is the catalyst for the rest of the action in the play. It is clear from this scene that Romeo and Juliet will never be together and even they know it. ...read more.

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