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In Act 1 Scene 5, the Two Lovers Meet and fall in Love,

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In Act 1 Scene 5, the Two Lovers Meet and fall in Love, Examine Closely the Ways in Which Shakespeare Dramatises This Moment and Explore its Importance to the Development of Action of the Whole Tragedy? (Draft 1) Act 1 Scene 5 is probably one of the most significant scenes in Shakespeare's play 'Romeo and Juliet'. It is the first moment in the play where the two lovers meet and fall in love. When Romeo and Juliet meet, the dialogue and action is very powerful and is used as a symbol of what is to follow. This is the first scene when the audience starts to think about the consequences that will ensue from the two lovers falling in love as the scene is interrupted with violence and aggression as Tybalt discovers Romeo's identity. This scene contains important themes and imagery which are developed through out the play, starting the dramatic build up to the tragic climax. The lovers, Romeo and Juliet first meet at a dance hosted by the Capulet family. Romeo is dragged to the dance by his friend Mercutio as the Capulets are his family's sworn enemy. At the beginning of the scene, Capulet gives a warm and welcoming speech to the guests "You are welcome, gentlemen come, musicians play" This makes Capulet seem wise and peaceful which is ironic because later on in 'Romeo and Juliet' Capulet is selfish and ignorant, forcing Juliet to marry Paris and starting the chain of events which caused the death of the lovers. ...read more.

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Ay Pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer" The sonnets are shared equally between Romeo and Juliet, flowing smoothly between the two of them, showing the connexion between them. This dramatises the moment and the significance of their true love. Shakespeare also uses religious imagery "This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this" This suggests their love is almost holy, purer and higher than everything else. In Act 5 Scene 1, Romeo and Juliet kiss, this would be considered very forward in those times. This moves the play forward as audience can see the development of their feelings for each other and can feel the passion between the two of them. The kiss contrasts greatly with the typical lust normally displayed by young people showing a greater feeling of love. The kiss is more like a holy act "Then move not while my prayer's effect I take, Thus from my lips, by thine my sin is purg'd" The contrast between love and hate "My only love sprung from my only hate", dramatises the scene and symbolises the tragedy that it to come later in the play. Shakespeare only uses a rhyme scheme and sonnets during the lovers' dialogue. This dramatises their relationship. As soon as the lovers stop speaking, the play returns to normal language "What is her mother?" Shakespeare uses language to represent the characters personality in the scene. Tybalt's language is full of aggression "It fits when such a villain is a guest" which reflects his fiery and easily angered temperament. ...read more.

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Juliet is trapped by her family and they stop her being with Romeo because she knows the consequences if they found out. These consequences are obvious to the audience as well and the tension of the two families finding out about the love affair develops the action of the whole tragedy. The imagery of doves and peace continues through out the play. In the end the lovers do bring peace between the Capulets and Montagues because they realise the consequences of their feud after the star crossed lovers have taken their life "O brother Montague, give me thy hand" Romeo and Juliet's love is portrayed as being heaven sent. Lots of star and heaven imagery is used in Act 1 Scene 5. It is almost as if Juliet foresees the fate of their love as she says ""Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine" This once more links to Romeo's death and the theme of death and heaven continues to run throughout the play developing the idea of tragedy to come. In Act 1 Scene 5 when the lovers first meet, Shakespeare uses various methods to dramatise the scene and develop the feeling of the tragedy that is to come later on in the play. Some of these techniques include imagery, the lovers dialogue being in the form of a sonnet. The feeling of this scene changes quickly between romance and aggression dramatising the scene and making it one of the most important in the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? Claire Lancaster ...read more.

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