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Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time at the masked ball in Act 1, Scene 5 - How does this scene prepare the audience for the tragedy which lies ahead?

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GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE COURSEWORK (ROMEO AND JUILET) BILAL JABBAR D10F Essay Question: Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time at the masked ball in Act 1, Scene 5. How does this scene prepare the audience for the tragedy which lies ahead? Introduction Romeo and Juliet is about two equally rich and important families who lived in Verona. The two families, the Montague's and the Capulet's have an ancient grudge between them because of an old argument carrying on in strife for many years, generation after generation, after generation. Their two children Romeo and Juliet cursed with bad luck fall in "forbidden" love with each other. The children's misadventure ends the fearful mutiny of their parents' tragic rage, finally bring peace to Verona. Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time in Act 1, Scene 5. This scene prepares the audience for the tragedy that lies ahead in the way Shakespeare has used the stage directions, stage craft, dramatic irony and the language in the scene, Romeo's premonition written as a soliloquy. The language (verbal+ body language) used by both Romeo and Juliet. Also because of the events that take place before and during this scene. The actions and language of the characters. Romeo using similes and metaphors in Act 1, Scene 5 to describe Juliet. The audience expect that a tragedy will happen because of the fact that Romeo should not be there in the first place. This creates excitement and anticipation in the audience and the audience become really involved in the play. This is important because it keeps the audience on their toes and it keeps them interested in the play and without anticipation the audience loose interest in the play. The themes of the play are in opposition to with each other. These themes include: fate / freewill, language / reality, love / hate, public / private and light / dark. ...read more.


Romeo's speech is rich in romantic imagery. Romeo uses similes and metaphors in his soliloquy to compare Juliet with various things. Here are some examples of how Romeo talks about Juliet in his soliloquy. The striking smile: 'It seems she hangs on the cheek of night/As a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear'. In this quote of Romeo's soliloquy, Romeo compares Juliet to a sparkling jewel in a black man's ear, which is a simile. Meaning Juliet stands out of all these people, just like a black person with a sparkling jewel in his ear would do. 'Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear'. This is a metaphor, Romeo tells us that Juliet is too beautiful to be with and too dear for the earth to live on. Telling us that she must be really beautiful. And the image of her as "a snowy dove trooping with crows", are in keeping with the associations of brightness and white that run throughout the play, and are often mentioned in relation to love. This quote is a metaphor, in which Romeo tells us that Juliet is different from all the rest of the people there and he does this by saying that Juliet is like a snowy dove in between crows. As if she really stands out just like white doves that are associated with peace, would do in the middle of crows (which are black) and are associated with bad things. This communicates his feelings to the audience and they now recognize that the passion with which Romeo speaks and his feelings of love for Juliet are sincere. 'Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!'. In this quote Romeo questions his love for Rosaline and declares it as not his true love. This suggests that Romeo can not love deeply because if he did love deeply then he will not be changing women so quick. ...read more.


The similarity that Shakespeare has created in between the both characters realisation is that they both can see the bright side of their love as well as the dark side. The bright side they see is that they both still love each other even though that they know they families are ancient foes. The dark side is that they can not however go against their families in reality. Their language also suggests that they will still marry each other no matter what because after they both realise their differences they only seem to think about the bright side and no the dark side. We also know their love is true because Romeo and Juliet both compare their love leading them to their death. I think that Act 1, Scene 5 clearly gives the audience a clear idea of what may happen in the rest of the play because the moment Romeo and Juliet fall in love with each other the audience know that a tragedy will happen, due to them being from different families and they both talk about how their love will end in their deaths. This is when Juliet talks about her grave being her wedding bed and Romeo talks about his life being his enemy's debt. The audience get a big hint that a tragedy will happen, this is when Tybalt threatens vengeance against Romeo. So the audience know Tybalt can not be stopped going against Romeo. The audience becomes certain about this when Tybalt says that killing Romeo will not be a sin. So they get a sense that a tragedy will happen. We know that they will marry each other because in their quotes they do not mention anything about them backing away from their love, clearly suggesting that they will marry each other. We also get a big hint that their love will end in a tragedy because like I said before Romeo talks about his life being his enemy's debt and Juliet talks about grave being her wedding bed. By Bilal Jabbar D10F 1 ...read more.

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