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Romeo and Juliet

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Why is act one scene 5 of "Romeo and Juliet" an effective piece of drama During the lead up to act one scene 5, a fight breaks out between the Capulets and the Montagues, where the prince arrives and stops them. Afterwards, Romeo's parents are concerned about his behavior and Romeo decides to tell Benvolio that he is in love with Rosaline. Paris wants to marry the Capulets daughter Juliet so they invite him to a ball which will take place at their mansion. A servant who can't read asks Romeo and Benvolio to read out an invitation for him, which invites him to the Capulets ball. This gives Benvolio an idea. Lady Capulet tells Juliet's nurse about Paris's proposal of marriage. Benvolio and Mercutio manage to persuade Romeo to go to the ball. When the audience learn that Paris intends to marry Juliet they would know from the beginning that it isn't going to happen, because the play is called "Romeo and Juliet". However, when Romeo is persuaded to go to the ball by his friends the audience would be able to guess that Romeo and Juliet would fall in love with each, and both Paris and Rosaline are going to be forgotten. ...read more.


The Capulets roll during the ball is to be good hosts. During those times people threw parties to prove how wealthy and respectable they were. He adds humor to the scene by telling the guests at the ball a joke; "Ladies that have toes unplagu'd with corns will walk about with you." This means that all the girls who are not dancing, you can assume they have corns on their feet. In those times having corns on your feet was the same as having something similar to warts or blisters. Therefore, by not dancing everybody would assume you had them. He told this joke to encourage all of the woman onto the dance floor. The effect of Romeo first catching sight of Juliet is very romantic. Romeo explains to the audience that he had never seen true love until that moment, even though he had also said to Benvolio during the lead up to act one scene five, referring to Rosaline. By saying this he is making fun of Rosaline and basically saying that she meant nothing to him. ...read more.


The word Kin means family. Tybalt uses strong language because he wants to maintain his families honor. Also, he thinks that Romeo is either looking for trouble or being disrespectful towards him and his family. However, as his uncle and master Capulet will not hear of a fight. "I would not for all the wealth of this town, here in my house do him disparagement..." This is because he wants to be thought of as a good host, and he thinks that it is more of a dishonor to start a fight at the ball than it is for them to allow Romeo to stay. The audience knows that Tybalt is angry because he says; "I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall, Now seeming sweet, convert to bitt'rest gall." This means that he will pretend that he is calm and that everything is alright for the moment, but he will get Romeo later when his uncle is not around to hold him back. From this the audience will become aware there is going to be trouble and the romance to turn into tragedy. Harry Shakespeare N6 ...read more.

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