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Romeo and Juliet Act One Scene Five

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet Coursework M.Hawkes Act One Scene Five is such an important scene because it's the first time that the two lovers, Romeo and Juliet meet. When they see each other for the first time, they fall in love straight away and is the start of the main point of the play. When Romeo sees Juliet for the first time he makes two comments about how pretty she is 'O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!' and 'I ne'er saw true beauty till this night,' and he realises that Rosaline, his previous love, is nothing compared to Juliet. It is also the first opportunity for conflict since the mass brawl. Romeo has gate crashed the party and is spotted by Tybalt. Tybalt confronts his Uncle, older Capulet, and tells him that he wants to physically remove him from the party 'It fits when such a villain is a guest, I'll not endure him' but his Uncle will not let Tybalt ruin his party for there is the County Paris there, who is going to marry Juliet and he doesn't want his family thought of as a bunch of ill mannered rogues 'Content thee gentle coz, let him alone' 'More light, more light! - For shame! I'll make you quiet. What, cheerly, my hearts.' ...read more.

Middle

Shakespeare cleverly interlinks the two words 'love and hate' very well; he does this because this is what the play is all about 'love and hate'. When Romeo finds out that his only love is a Capulet he says 'O dear account! My life is my foe's debt.' When Juliet finds out she is even more distraught and she says 'My only love sprung from my only hate! 'Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love is to me, That I must love my loathed enemy.' Juliet has fallen in love with Romeo and Romeo in love with Juliet and they have now both learnt too late, that they love loathed enemies. The theme of love in the opening part of the play is about Romeo's love for Rosaline. After the brawl Lady Montague asks the question 'O where is Romeo?' We have seen war and then we hear of love, as Benvolio describes the behaviour of his infatuated friend. Romeo has been having early symptoms of love, unrequited love, but neither Benvolio nor Romeo's parents appear to recognise this. When Romeo comes back from his long walk he knows that there has been some sort of disturbance in the streets, but he is not interested, there is only one thing that matters to Romeo, the emotion called love 'Bid a sick man in sadness make his will. ...read more.

Conclusion

The use of the word 'pilgrim' is used in nearly every line of the sonnet, Romeo describes them both as being 'two blushing pilgrims' which is true, and they are two lovers on a journey. The themes of love and hate in this scene are contrasted very well, you have Romeo and Juliet who meet each other for the first time and fall in love with each other straight away not knowing that there families are loathed enemies, and Tybalt who spots Romeo at the party and wants him physically removed from there because he can't stand the thought of a Montague being at the party. So here you have both themes love and hate being contrasted very well. At the end of the scene Romeo and Juliet find out about their families, when they do they are both distraught and both come out with very sad quotes. This reminds us of the 'ancient grudge' between these two families and it becomes an insurmountable barrier between these two lovers. Both Romeo and Juliet are very secretive about their identities like Juliet is trying to avoid approaches by the County Paris for whom the party was partly arranged so that Juliet could meet her future husband, Tybalt has reason for revenge after the party as he saw Romeo there and he wasn't meant to be, he was gate crashing. Tybalt wasn't allowed to do anything about it at the party so he wants to do something later on, which ends up turning very bad. ...read more.

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