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romeo and juliet

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Consider Shakespeare presentation of the ball scene in Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet and the part that this scene plays in the play as a whole Romeo and Juliet is a very famous, well known and still very popular tragedy. This play was written by Shakespeare in around 1594-1596.the scene act 5 scene plays a very important role in the play. This scene is very important because this is the first time Romeo and Juliet meet, and fall in love, that leads to their untimely death. There are many main themes in this play and love and hate are two very important ones. The title seems as if the play would be all about these two young lovers together but in fact there are not many scenes like this. The prologue sets the scene by saying that there are 'two households both alike in dignity' and they have an 'ancient grudge'. In the play the heads of houses are never seen fighting we only see the servants, children and nephews. The Montagues and Caplets are two rival families in a family feud. This feud is one that goes back for many years, before any member of the current family was born, but neither family is willing to forget the past and move on. ...read more.


The audience would recognise the pattern of a sonnet which is known as the language of love and Romeo and Juliet wee in love. We see in this scene that when Romeo and Juliet meet and talk to each other they use words that link to religion for example: "prayer, shrine, saint". This is because Romeos and Juliet's love was important and in those days religion was very important. In the play there are many ominous undertones which led to the ultimate tragedy. The prologue says their deaths marked love and as Juliet says 'My grave is like to be my wedding bed' this means that they were doomed from the beginning. Fate links to the family feud because any romance between two members of the different families was always going to be difficult with the families being rivals. The family feud also links the violence as the families fight often. In act 1 scene 5 we see a more devious side to Juliet. She wants to find out the identity of her love but does not want anyone else to find out even her nurse who cared for her since she was born this is could be thought out in two views/ she thought he might have been married and wouldn't want to be humiliated or however in the subtext Shakespeare may be hinting about her shyness. ...read more.


Tybalt is Capulets nephew he is a hot tempered, hateful and aggressive towards the Montague family especially Romeo. Paris is a nobleman and a kinsman to the prince. Capulet wishes that Paris marry his only daughter Juliet, Juliet does not and cannot marry Paris .she doesn't want to marry him because she is married to Romeo and loves him. In the end he is killed by Romeo who fulfils his wish of dieing by Juliet. Romeo id=s the only son of Montague. Romeo is sad as Rosaline, his love, will not return his affection. His friends Mercutio and Benvolio persuade him to gate crash the Capulets ball to see that Rosaline's beauty is nothing compared too many other women. Mercutio is a kinsman to the prince he is smug and acts over confidant as we see when he fights with Tybalt. He is a humorous character fooling around. He is very disrespectful and cheeky especially to the nurse The main cause of the deaths of Romeo and Juliet are hastiness in which Romeo fell in love and not long after got married to Juliet. Infatuation he was not really in love with Rosaline yet he thought he was he may not be in love with Juliet either. They were many wrong decisions made that lead to Romeo and Juliet's death but fate brought them together and fate ended their lives. ...read more.

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