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"Romeo and Juliet"-Act I, Scene 5

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Shakespeare Coursework Assignment "Romeo and Juliet"-Act I, Scene 5 Act I, Scene5 is a very important scene in the play, and it is a decisive moment. This is where the main conflict of the play is first revealed to the audience, and this has a dramatic effect as the audience's expectation and curiosity is finally met. The conflict starts when Verona's two rival families' son and daughter (Romeo and Juliet) meet for the first time, and of course fall in love instantly. This part of the play also highlights the two lovers', Juliet's cousin Tybalt's, and Juliet's father Lord Capulet's personalities, it helps the audience to form an opinion of each of them and see their involvement in the play. This is a great opportunity for the audience to learn about these characters and to see the play from their point of view. The scene also strongly emphasises on the rivalry and abhorrence between the two families, the Montagues and the Capulets. In the first part of the scene, the audience can watch the preparations for the party held by Lord Capulet. The servants are clearing space for the dancers and generally getting organised for the arrival of the guests. The atmosphere between them is very busy, lively and energetic, the servants are getting continuous orders like "Away with the join-stools, remove the court-cupboard, look to the plate.". This informal way of speech is used by Shakespeare to emphasise on the servant's low class or priority. ...read more.


The audience can see from this piece that Romeo is emotionally very unstable, he has got over his previous "love,, Rosaline as soon as he saw Juliet, this also reflects his immaturity as he gets in and out of love very quickly. He appears to be a very sensitive and romantic person, who admires beauty "for I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.", he is also a dreamer, as he sometimes seems to be in his own little world. As soon as Tybalt, Juliet's cousin notices Romeo, his deadly enemy at the party, the audience's attention is immediately turned on him as he says "to fleer down at our solemnity" and "to strike him dead I hold it not a sin" by which he expresses his hatred, anger and rage towards Romeo, the audience can hear sibilance as he says his vicious words, it sounds like he's spitting them out. He looks very angry and his uncle, Lord Montague asks him why he's so angry. He goes into telling him about Romeo, and he uses negative and angry words like "foe" or "villian" to express his fury. Capulet tries to pacify Tybalt, he tells him that Romeo is a "virtuous and well-governed youth" which means that he is well known and respected in Verona, and he is brought up well. The words of Lord Capulet tell the audience that he is a good, moralistic man, he doesn't want to ruin his party with a fight, and he wants to be a good host and wants to uphold his good reputation. ...read more.


Romeo asks the nurse who the girl is; as of course he doesn't know yet that she is Juliet, Lord Capulet's daughter. As the nurse tells him who she is, Romeo's shocked and says "O dear account! My life is my foe's debt" meaning that now he owes his life to Lord Capulet and again foreshadowing tragic events, death. He feels uneasy; he knows that there'll more to this when he says, "so I fear, the more is my unrest". Juliet also uses her nurse to find out about the "yond gentleman". When she comes back, and tells Juliet that the man is called Romeo and is a Montague, she also foreshadows tragedy by saying "My only love sprung from my only hate...That I must love a loath�d enemy" meaning that the only person she's in love with is her great enemy, and the audience can predict that the outcome of their relationship is not going to be accepted and there will be retrievals from both of the families resulting in a tragic ending. Act I, Scene 5 gives the audience a romantic and an exciting feeling. This is due to the variation events following each other; there are very serious, sad and aggressive moments in this scene as well as funny, humorous and romantic ones making the scene very colourful and enjoyable. The contradiction between the themes and the people in the scene supplement each other making the scene complete. The imagery used adds to the auditive pleasures of the audience and creates the feeling of a higher class in society. ...read more.

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