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Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 5.

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 5 Throughout this scene there are moods of excitement, romance and danger. These moods help the audience react in certain ways to the play. These moods also give us clues to what will happen later on in the play. At the start of the scene we see the servants running around frantically trying to complete the last minute touches to the house so that the party will go smoothly. The audience can see that a significant moment in the storyline is approaching because of the eagerness of the servants to make sure everything is perfect. The stage directions say, "hurry about the stage." One servant orders another servant to "be brisk," and at the end of the lines there are exclamation lines. All these quotations help create an exciting atmosphere. This continues when Old Capulet is welcoming his guests. He makes jokes to the guests, followed by laughter and dancing. ...read more.

Middle

On Romeo's first sight of Juliet he says "Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!" Clearly even the smallest thought of Rosaline has vanished from his mind. At this first sight, Romeo uses many similes describing Juliet as a number of different things. He is very corny and cheesy and has a set way of describing women and knows how to win their hearts. He is only a teenage boy and we assume that he has fallen in and out of love many times. It is quite probable that he does not even know what love actually is. The audience is filled with tension and excitement when Tybalt over hears Romeo talking. Tybalt declares, "This by his voice, should be a Montague". He fills up with rage and shouts "Fetch me my rapier". With this the audience are sitting on the edge of their seats. Old Capulet shouts at Tybalt for causing a scene and wanting to start a fight with Romeo. ...read more.

Conclusion

Tybalt kills Mercutio and Romeo, in a rage, and gets his revenge on Tybalt. These events end up with Romeo's banishment. At the end of the scene Juliet says, "My grave is like to be my wedding bed." What she thinks she is saying is that she will die if she cannot marry him. However, we know that at the end they both die together in the Capulet tomb. This may or may not be clear to the audience however it is an undercurrent of danger. The audience already know that Romeo and Juliet are doomed to death but they are given an insight into the events leading up to their death and which people have a part to play i.e. Tybalt. At the end of this scene the two lovers find out whom they have fallen in love with. They both react badly realising how fatal this relation is. Juliet says, "My only love sprung from my only hate." Romeo says, "O dear account! My life is my foe's debt." Both their reactions remind us about the tragic ending and how their relationship is dangerous. Devrim Dirlik 10RB ...read more.

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