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Romeo and Juliet - Act 1 scene 5.

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English Coursework* Act 1 scene 5 is a conclusion to a series of exciting events as we the audience have seen, these include; the fight between Capulet and Montague's this situation is made clear in the sonnet spoken before the start of the play: "Two households, both alike in dignity, From ancient grudges break to new mutiny. The continuance of their parents' rage, Which, but their children's end, nought could remove." The theme is continued as soon as Sampson and Gregory appear, and dominates the first scene. Romeo's parents are worried about his strange behaviour. Romeo is entangled in his affair with Roseline, The 'calf - love' of Romeo for Roseline, which is little more than affection. Romeo tells Benvolio about his love for Roseline. His advances are not returned by her and his infatuation seems to be a sickness, an affliction: "She hath forsworn to love and that vow Do I live dead that live to tell it now." ...read more.


The depth and beauty of the new union Romeo and Juliet create. Their love achieves an intensity of passion; they become totally absorbed in one another, theirs is a selfless love - a total giving up of each other to the other. The overwhelming passion of Romeo and Juliet is conveyed most vividly and movingly through the imagery. Romeo achieves something far greater with Juliet than with Roseline, something enduring. When the lovers meet at the first time, at Capulet's house, they address each other in a beautifully artificial way, with plenty of wit but little passion. This imagery captures the audience's imagination and tells us the nature of Romeo and Juliet's love. The dominant feature of the play's imagery is the contrast between light and darkness, and the most remarkable aspects of this is the way in which Romeo and Juliet appear to each other as luminous objects in surrounding darkness: "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright!" ...read more.


The audience didn't feel shocked when Romeo and Juliet realised the identity of each other this is because we were told right from the beginning so what we feel is more sympathetic and sorry towards Romeo and Juliet: "My only love sprung from my only hate!" These are the words to which Juliet realises the identity of her love. She goes on with: "Prodigious birth of love it is to me That I must love a loathed enemy." It is the beginning of love to her and she must hate her enemy who she dearly loves. These are the words to which Romeo realises the identity of his love: "Is she a Capulet? O dear account my life is my foe's debt." These words affect the audience in the way that they have anxiety, tension and they draw the audience into the play. Conclusion After seeing act 1 scene 5 the audience will want to know how Romeo and Juliet respond to knowing their love is their enemy, how Tybalt reacts to Romeo, how Paris reacts to Juliet's rejection, and the twist of fate that will lead Romeo and Juliet to commit suicide. ...read more.

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