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Romeo and Juliet - Consider the importance of Act 1 Scene5 in terms of plot, theme, characters, language and imagery and dramatic power.

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GCSE Shakespeare Coursework Romeo and Juliet Consider the importance of Act 1 Scene5 in terms of plot, theme, characters, language and imagery and dramatic power. Act 1 Scene 5 is very important to the plot of Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet. It is in this scene that the son of the Montague family, Romeo and the daughter of the Capulet family, Juliet, meet and fall in love and the tragedy of the play takes form. For years the families of Capulet and Montague had been fighting, they all lived in Verona. The Prince of the town was tired of all the street fighting between the two that he enforced a new law. This law would stop the fighting; if anyone were to be caught they would have to face the ultimate punishment, death. The start of the play sees Romeo very depressed, he is in this state because he thinks that he is in love with Rosaline, however this love is unreturned. This is because she has devoted her life to God, Romeo compares her to the Goddess of Chastity but she is even more committed as the Goddess was once seduced, but Rosaline will not be. ...read more.

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Romeo seems disgruntled, as he is "lovesick", but then he sees Juliet and he is happier, he uses rhyming couplets to express his feelings he says that she is radiant and she makes others look ugly. "O! She doth teach the torches to burn bright. It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear; Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear! So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows, As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand, And, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." We can see from this that Romeo is very talented and is able to create this poem. In this poem he also uses similes: "It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear;" Here he implies that she is a jewel in an Ethiop's (a black man) ear, so there is contrast between the black ear and the shining jewel, this tells us that he has been well educated. ...read more.

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We are curious to see how they will find out about each other and what they do when they do find out. The imagery and playful language used by the characters also provide dramatic power for the audience, as the audience will find it exciting how the characters use certain words to give a bigger effect. The way that Romeo and Juliet use Christian imagery will excite the audience as well as the flirting that goes along between them in the sonnet. Tension is created because the two lovers are from feuding families this makes the whole situation more exciting, the situation was already exciting when they didn't know who each other were at party and they had fallen in love. This now brings another level of excitement to the situation also providing dramatic power for the audience. In conclusion this scene has proven to be one of the most important parts of the play as it is almost like the base of the play, where everything starts off. It is in this scene where Romeo and Juliet meet, where they fall in love and it is where the lead up to all the deaths occur. The play as a whole, I found quite exciting, as I hadn't known much about this play previously. Peter Phan ...read more.

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