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Romeo and Juliet Act one, scene 5.

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Romeo and Juliet Act one, scene 5 Then we come to act one, scene 5. The scene begins at the house of the Capulets. It is at the party. The atmosphere at the beginning of the scene is lively and busy. Capulet welcomes his guests to the party with a speech. He is witty and urges the shy ladies to dance. He teases them by saying 'Ladies that have their toes unplagued with corns will walk about with you, Ah ha, my mistresses, which of you all will now deny to dance?' He is humoring his guests. Capulet is bossy and controlling, yet welcoming. Once his guests are all dancing, he and an elderly relative watch and talk about the last time the two of them danced like that. It is then that Romeo catches sight of Juliet. Romeo asks a servant 'What ladies that which doth enrich the hand of yonder knight?' The servant did not know. Romeo is immediately stunned by her beauty. Romeo speaks of Juliet. He quotes 'Oh she doth teach the torches to burn bright'; a torch is what was used for light when it was dark. By comparing her to a torch, he is saying that she shines. He also describes her as being 'Like a jewel in a rich Ethiop's ear' Ethiopia was a rich country in Elizabethan times. ...read more.


Tybalt explained that a Montague, a villain was at the party. Capulet said 'Young Romeo is it?' then tybalt confirmed is referring to Romeo as a villain again. Capulet Told tybalt to 'Let him alone' as Romeo was behaving as a gentleman and it was known that 'Verona brags of him to be a virtuous and well governed (well behaved) youth'. He explained to Tybalt that he would not insult Romeo by telling him to leave and for tybalt to leave Romeo be. Capulet wanted a nice atmosphere at his party and didn't want any trouble caused. Capulet said that if tybalt had respect for him, then he would take note of what he was telling him. Tybalt says 'It fits when such a villain is a guest. I'll not endure him', he is saying that he is not happy that Romeo is welcome and is not willing to put up with him. Capulet tells tybalt that he 'shall be endured' and that tybalt has no choice in the matter. Capulet mocks him saying that he would not look good or grown up by causing trouble. He told Tybalt that it would go against him if he continued to behave in that manner. Tybalt agrees to accept Romeo but makes it clear that he isn't happy about it and storms off. ...read more.


Thus from my lips, by thine, my sin is purged.' By kissing her, his sin is cleansed. Juliet asked, 'Then have my lips the sin that they have took' meaning do her lips carry the sin. Romeo said ' Sin from my lips? O trespass sweetly urged. Give me my sin again.' He is saying... well Let me take my sin back, let me kiss you again. They kiss as nurse interrupts with a message that Juliet's mother wishes to speak to her. Romeo asks the nurse 'What is her mother?' And learns that Juliet is a Capulet. He quoted 'O dear account, my life is my foe's debt.' He means that his life now depends on his enemy, Juliet being his life. Romeo then leaves. The guests begin to leave; Benvolio tells Romeo that they must be going. Juliet then sends her nurse to discover Romeo's name. She told her nurse 'If he be married, my grave is like to be my wedding bed', meaning that she'll die unmarried if she can't marry him. She is in shock to learn that he is a Montague, the son of their great enemy. She said 'My only love sprung from my only hate, too early seen unknown, and known too late!' she is saying that she saw Romeo and fell in love with him before she knew who he was. And now that she knows who he is, it is too late for her to change her feelings. Juliet and Nurse, then too leave. ...read more.

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