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romeo and juliet

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet is an Elizabethan play written by William Shakespeare set in Verona, Rome. There are two feuding families, the Montague's and the Capulet's, of which two members fell in love. The prologue tells the audience that two will fall in love and, guided by fate, there will be a tragedy "the fearful passage of their death marked love"(prologue). In Act 1 Scene 5 we the audience, expect Romeo to see Rosoline at the party. Juliet is expected to see Paris at this party and see if she likes him. Act 1 Scene 4 we the audience already know that Romeo is love struck and can't get over Rosoline "I cannot bound a pitch above dull woe, under love's heavy burden do I sink"(Act1 Scene 4) Romeo is saying love has pinned him down and he can't jump because of loves weight. We know Romeo & Juliet are from totally different families that have been feuding for centuries as it tells us that in the prologue. Juliet isn't to sure if to go and see Paris "I'll look to like, if looking liking move, but no more deep will I endart mine eye than your consent gives strength to make it fly" (Act 1 Scene 3) Juliet is says if when I see Paris I like him I shall except him, but she isn't committing to anything for definite. ...read more.

Middle

The love between Romeo and Juliet is made more dramatic because Romeo isn't supposed to be there and it is risky for him. Shakespeare enhances the drama by the introduction of the character Tybalt. Tybalt notices Romeo at the party and says this to Capulet "Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe: A villain that is hither come in spite" (Act 1 Scene 5). Tybalt has noticed Romeo has come for spite. The audience know that there is going to be trouble ahead and are expecting a fight but, it doesn't happen. That's why the audience are shocked when Capulets says "Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone" (Act 1 Scene 5) This is an unexpected turn for the audience. I think there is a contrast between the way Capulet speaks to Tybalt than to his guests is quite temperamental "Nay gentlemen, prepare not to be gone we have a trifling foolish banquet towards" (Act 1 Scene 5). Capulet is saying gentlemen don't go, stay we are having a fun party. We have learnt about Capulet so far that he isn't very predictable and that he has turns of personality, Capulet isn't kicking Romeo out because his guests are there. The contrast between Romeo's speech and Tybalt aggressive speech rhymes the same as Romeo's love speech he is making the last two works rhyme. ...read more.

Conclusion

It is ironic Juliet says "my grave is like to be my wedding bed" (Act 1 Scene 5) because Romeo and Juliet get married and die in the same church. In this part of Act 1 Scene 5 Shakespeare will have silenced the party just so you could hear Juliet and the nurse also Juliet will be centre stage. In conclusion, Act 1 Scene 5 is very dramatic because Shakespeare held the tension of Romeo and Juliet meeting with this scene. Shakespeare involved the shocking kissing at first glance, the shared love sonnet with religious overtones, and by letting Tybalt find out Romeo is at the party it shocks the audience. When Capulet stopped Tybalt from kicking Romeo out of the party. This scene is crucial to the rest of the play because these two lovers' help to end the families feuding. This is a dramatic scene that sets the play live because the audience never thought it was going to be so heart breaking. This scene is dramatic because it is Juliet's first and last love. Even now, plays are based on the love hatred theme. This play has set the foundations of many to come. Shakespeare's themes are still present in our society today. Personally I like this scene because two lost lovers have met and fell in love. It is this event which triggers the rest of the events in the play. ...read more.

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