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In what way has Shakespeare made act 1 scene 5 an important turning point in Romeo and Juliet? How should a director stage the scene to reflect this, paying particular attention to the themes that shakespeare presents?

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In what way has Shakespeare made act 1 scene 5 an important turning point in Romeo and Juliet? How should a director stage the scene to reflect this, paying particular attention to the themes that shakespeare presents? "Ay sir, but she will none, she gives you thanks. I would the fool were married to her grave." That is a quote from Juliet's mother. The reason why she is saying she wishes Juliet was dead is because of all the trouble she is causing. This change is down to what happens in act 1 scene 5, all of the main characters undergo some sort of change in this act. Tybalt is the only main character who does not change as a result of this scene, but instead it is his words that change the course of the play. Juliet's character however is the one that transforms the most, from a naive girl to a rebellious married woman. Before act 1 scene 5 the impression of Juliet is a sweet girl who does what she's told. This is shown when Lady Capulet, her mother is telling her Paris wants to marry her. "I'll look to like, if looking liking move. But no more deep will I endart mine eye than you consent gives strength to make it fly." This quote was taken from act 1 scene 3, when Juliet is talking to Lady Capulet. It basically means she will not love anyone unless she has her parent's permission. The fact that she thinks she can choose who she falls in love with shows her innocence and inexperience in these matters. Not long after she has talked to her mother she is flirting with a man she doesn't even know the name of, Romeo. Before the end of the scene she has kissed Romeo, at that point she still doesn't know his name. It is not until the end of the scene she asks the nurse to find out who he is, and at that point she discovers he is a Montague. ...read more.


At the beginning of act 1 scene 5 at Capulet's banquet, he is in a jolly mood, he even makes a joke about woman who are not dancing having corns on their feet. This happy side has not yet been seen by the audience, and is a bit of a shock. This is a turning point for his character; it shows he has other emotions, not just hatred. The last time he was seen by the audience he wanted to go and kill someone. Shakespeare has done this deliberately to shown Capulet just loses his temper. Capulet and Tybalt are arguing later in this scene about Romeo been at a Capulet party when he is a Montague. Tybalt wants to go and kill Romeo, but Capulet won't let him, his reply to this is "Why, uncle, 'tis a shame-". Capulet not letting Tybalt kill Romeo then sets up the rest of the play, because Tybalt promises to get Romeo back. It is a major change in mood for Capulet, from before when he was happy and welcoming everyone, to becoming violent with Tybalt because he wants to kill Romeo. Then, in act 3 scene 1, Capulet finds out Tybalt has been killed by Romeo he in upset. In his grief he is also asking the Prince why isn't he punishing Romeo to death. This scene shows mixed emotions for Capulet yet again, from sorrow for Tybalt, to anger about his killer been able to live. When Capulet says his line "He shall be endured." To Tybalt, they have been arguing for a while, so they will both be talking in raised voices. A director would want to show the tension and Capulet's flaring temper by possibly having Capulet pinning Tybalt up against a wall. Capulet goes from happy to angry in a split second with no warning. To make more apparent Capulet being so two faced, when he is happy in this scene he could keep his mask on. ...read more.


Or have her hearing something distinctive, so it shows whom Romeo is talking about. Also when they are together they will be close to each other, possibly Romeo holding Juliet's hands to show the intimacy of the moment. Age has been more of a factor in the play than youth, up until act 1 scene 5. The reason for all the violence is because of an ancient feud. All of the younger characters don't really know what the feud is about, because it was more involving the older characters. This scene is a turning point for this theme as well, age had control before, but now Romeo and Juliet both defy their parents and do what they want. "Deny thy father, and refuse thy name. Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love And I'll no longer be a Capulet" This quote is from the famous balcony scene, Romeo and Juliet barely know each other, yet they are both ready to betray their family. Juliet is the symbol of light in this scene and Tybalt is the symbol of darkness. When everyone else is happy, Tybalt is the one wanting to kill people. To represent this on stage a director would dress Tybalt in darker clothing, or put a different colour light on him. Black is the commonly thought of colour of darkness, so it would feature often when Tybalt is in that part of the play. Has Shakespeare really made act 1 scene 5 a turning point in Romeo and Juliet? In certain ways he has, without Tybalt promising to get Romeo back there would have been no violence. If Romeo and Juliet had never seen each other at the banquet, there would be no romance. This play is based on violence and romance. This scene also had other uses, it let the audience get to know the characters more, and let them develop. At the end of the scene Romeo and Juliet are left torn between their families and love, their choice of love is the biggest turning point in the play. ...read more.

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