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Romeo and Juliet's lovestruck sonnets.

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Essay- Act 1 Scene 5 Love, hate, urgency, annoyance, anger, light-heartedness, self-importance, confusion and despair are the main feelings conveyed in Act 1 Scene 5. All of these in turn convey dramatic impact in a variety of ways, and are portrayed using a variety of language types and structures, ranging from the central purpose of this theme, Romeo and Juliet's lovestruck sonnets, complete with many rich, exotic metaphors, similies and comparisons, to Capulet's self-important reminisces and orders, contrasted with Tybalt's offence-taking, fault-finding black-and-white hate for all things Montague, and his subsequent anger at being denied a brawl, and having his self-importance diminished by Capulet's scolding remarks. This complex variety of emotions throws the audience's feelings into chaos, the underlying prefigurative irony signalling the beginning of the end for Romeo and Juliet despite the humour, happiness and love peppered through the scene, and it is Shakespeare's masterful use of juxtaposed contrasting themes and emotions that makes Romeo and Juliet the legend that it is. The first section of the scene features the servingmen setting the party scene by laughing and joking as they prepare for it. ...read more.


He sees himself as the figurehead of the party, and thinks that if anything goes wrong it will be his fault. As the scene goes on, however, Capulet has to calm Tybalt to keep the party from turning into chaos. In this section of the scene, Capulet displays some reason, ("...a virtuous and well-governed youth.") but this is mainly to his own advantage, as he does not want his party spoiled, ("You'll make a mutiny among my guests!") Characterising Capulet as a man with a good head for business. As Tybalt argues, Capulet's now-obvious temper flares again and in the dialogue he scolds Tybalt for wanting to pick a fight, and throws degrading remarks at Tybalt, ("...boy"... "princox"). This is key to the dramatic impact of the scene, as it not only juxtaposes Romeo & Juliet's love against Tybalt's hate creating interest and elevating the love to show its 'true love' status, but also, in letting Romeo stay, opens the door to let Romeo meet Juliet, a significant moment in the play. Tybalt's hate is predominant throughout almost every scene, and is only kept in check by other characters such as Prince and Capulet. ...read more.


Tybalt finishes each of his parts in the dialogue with a rhyming couplet, ("...kin...sin" ... "...spite...night") signifying finality and directness. Romeo's emotions begin melancholy, leading from his prophecy in Scene 4, but this disappears as soon as he sets eyes on Juliet. Straight away he is using metaphors, ("...enrich the hand of yonder knight...") and from there he launches straight into a twelve-line sonnet. Light and dark contrasts and references are used all the way through Romeo & Juliet, ("Her beauty makes this vault a feasting presence full of light") and this also occurs in this sonnet: ("O She doth teach the torches to burn bright!") This sonnet is one of the richest sections in the whole play for comparisons and metaphors, ("...As a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear"... "...A snowy dove trooping with crows") and also features biblical references ("...make blessed my rude hand"). It also proves Benvolio's claim to be right: ("I will make thee think thy swan a crow"). This sonnet makes it sound as if Romeo and Juliet have found 'true love', Romeo banishing all thoughts of Rosaline ("...I ne'er saw true beauty till this night"), but also signifies the beginning of the "fearful passage of their death-marked love". ...read more.

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