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Romeo and Juliet. Explain the Appeal to an Audience of Act1 Scene V

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Romeo and Juliet Explain the Appeal to an Audience of Act1 Scene V Romeo and Juliet is a play about love and family honour. From the prologue we learn the background to the play. The play is set in Verona were a feud is going on in act one scene one between the Capulet and Montague families. Two lovers, one from each family, decide to take their own lives to bring the feud to an end. In this play we also see conflict and themes - love and hate, the love between Romeo and Rosaline and the hate between the two families. Before Romeo and Juliet meet in act one scene five, the audience know that Romeo is in love with a girl, whom we do not meet in the play, Rosaline. However, Romeo is upset as Rosaline does not love him back. The audience also know that Paris wishes to marry Juliet but she is reluctant about this because she does not know him. This is a part in the play were love and hate is contrasted. Romeo is convinced that Rosaline will be attending Capulet's ball and has been told to go by his cousin Benvolio. However Romeo is somewhat reluctant as he can sense something will happen: "I fear, too early, for my mind misgives some consequence yet hanging in the stars..."Romeo and Benvolio are Montague's and it was a Capulet party; they will have to break in undercover to keep there identity hidden. ...read more.


This would be clear to the audience as Shakespeare used the poetic language to express his feelings towards Juliet. In Shakespeare times all parts were played by men; therefore, without making them kiss or show love physically, they used words in a heightened elevated way to get the point across. However, as Romeo speaks these poetic words about Juliet, it shows the audience how mind changing Romeo can become. Romeo purposely went to the ball to see Rosaline in secret but his attention was caught by Juliet. The audience now get a better insight into his mind and how he can just switch his feelings, towards the opposite sex, on and off. Romeos character also contrasts to Capulet's. It differs from the happy and teasing character to the romantic and serious character of Romeo. Tybalt (Juliet's cousin) overhears Romeo and becomes angry, as he knows Romeo is a Montague: "This, by his voice is a Montague. Fetch me my rapier boy!" Dramatic effect is added by using words such as "Antic face, fleer, and slave, to strike him dead I hold it not a sin." This part of the play would appeal to the audience as the effect of Tybalt's anger may result in another feud. Capulet addresses Tybalt in a controlled tone of voice by explaining that everything is okay: "Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone, a bears him like a portly gentleman." ...read more.


It shows that Juliet is devoted to Romeo and she says she will die unmarried if Romeo has a partner. This also tells the audience that Rosaline is completely out of the picture. Juliet speaks in verse towards the end of the scene: "My only love sprung from my only hate. Too early seen unknown, and known too late". By this Juliet means the only person she love was brought into the world by the people she hate, and knows who he is now, but its too late. As Juliet speaks this verse the nurse asks: "What's this?" Juliet cunningly replies by the saying it were a rhyme she learned when dancing with someone. This shows to me, that Juliet is very quick minded. She does not want to tell no one about Romeo so she quickly explains is was a rhyme she learned while dancing with someone, which was technically true. Act one scene five is a very important scene to the play as the language used by Shakespeare here articulately describes the deep passion that they feel for one another, and the audience are well rewarded for their patience in waiting for the two lovers meet. It also puts the audience into suspense as to what will happen in the next scene with Romeo and Juliet. Will the two families find out about the lovers? Will they carry on the affair in secret? ?? ?? ?? ?? Gemma Nolan Year 10 Mrs Birkett ...read more.

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