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Romeo and Juliet - Act 1 Scene 5

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Romeo and Juliet The play is about two young people, Romeo and Juliet, who fall in love in Verona. Their parents hatred filled feud eventually brings about their deaths Even before the play has begun, it seems as if the parents only made the lovers to die with a pointless sad, life. When the prologue speaks of 'fatal loins' Shakespeare sets a strong feeling of love and hate, as well as a sad sort of irony. The prologue also speaks off the fury of the parents in comparison to the love of Romeo and Juliet when it speaks of their 'parents rage'. The word rage is a very strong word which Shakespeare uses to show extreme and uncontrollable anger or hatred, which the playwright uses to get the message of their absolute contempt of each other across to the audience. This contrasts with the love predicted for Romeo in Juliet as 'star crossed lovers' they were destined to fall in love, but also destined to die. It foreshadows the love and hate later in the play. Act 1 Scene 5 is very important in showing the strong contrast of love and hate in the play. Romeo and Juliet fall in love at first sight at a ball where Romeo is unwelcome as a member of the Montague family. The audience sees Tybalt angry and violent as he threatens Romeo. ...read more.


He would probably whisper angrily at Tybalt when he says "Good man boy! I say he shall! Go to!" He seems very angry at Tybalt for causing an upset in his party. It shows that Capulet is not all smiles like he would have people believe, and just wants for his party to go well. The audience may be worried that Tybalt may meet Romeo when Capulet is not around. In this scene the immense anger and hatred of Tybalt shine through, in a strong contrast to the love shown by Romeo. He is very angry at Romeos presence and shows himself to be rebellious and stubborn. Tybalt refuses to "endure him". He acts as though it's an effort to tolerate his presence, as the word "endure" suggests hardship. His temperament is in extreme contrast to Romeos, Tybalt being arrogant and full of hate, Romeo being gentle and easy going. They share the fact that they are both passionate in what they do, though at opposite ends of the spectrum, which is shown by his love and Tybalts anger. The audience finds out he loathes Romeo with all his might when he asks his servant "fetch me my rapier boy". It is a new low for Tybalt as he shows that he is willing to spill blood over something Romeo was not even involved him, at a party full of people. ...read more.


This is reversing what he said completely. However, because she is flattering him as well, it is unlikely she wants to put him off entirely. It is more likely she is teasing him, or playing with him. Near the end of the Sonnet they share, Romeo becomes more forthright and open about what he wants. He tells Juliet he thinks they should "let lips do what hands do". This is almost directly asking for a kiss from her. Romeo is not losing his patience, but he is becoming unable to control his emotions, and think properly. He is getting more infatuated with her as the sonnet goes on, and cannot bear to resist his urges for much longer. Juliet eventually allows the feelings she has been suppressing throughout the sonnet to come out, near the end of it. She tells Romeo he can "have my lips the sin that they have took". She is not giving in to Romeo, but to herself. She is allowing herself to express what she really feels. As the sonnet end with a kiss, the real world breaks in on them. The nurse says "madam", and at this point, background actors may unfreeze, lights may come back on, and louder or different music may restart. This scene is very important as it is the first expression of Juliet and Romeos love, and of Tybalts hatred. The contrast really sets the scene for the rest of the play and emphasizes the love-hate relationships. ...read more.

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