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Romeo and Juliet's meeting is a turning point in the play. What aspects of Shakespeare positioning and crafting of act 1, scene 5 are important for the audience watching it?

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Romeo and Juliet's meeting is a turning point in the play. What aspects of Shakespeare positioning and crafting of act 1, scene 5 are important for the audience watching it? Act 1, scene 5 is important because it's an insight into how Romeo and Juliet's relationship will end which is shown through symbolism. This scene is pivotal to the whole play as it shows the relationships that are explored at length later in the play. It gives the audience a background and history of the people and a greater understanding of the consequences. This scene also acts as a catalyst and as a result of the actions in this scene in the deaths of the 'star crossed lovers' whose fate has already long been decided. For an audience it is where all the action has truly begun. It is an exciting and positive scene contrasting greatly with the scene that it has followed. At the end of scene 4 Romeo's speech is a prediction of the events to follow. He talks about fate and how it controls him and will later bring his 'untimely death.' He doesn't believe he has a choice in what will become but knows that it will happen as it's 'hanging in the stars.' ...read more.

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We see this when he is talking to Capulet. He often loses sight of his role because of his temper. He questions the authority of those who are above him. I think people become unsympathetic to Tybalt as they see his anger and the way he lacks any tolerance. However we do see his loyalty to his family, which he never loses. Capulet becomes a more caring and trustworthy character. He is more interested in having a good party and doesn't feel as strongly about the feud as the party is his priority and he is not worried that Romeo is at it. He doesn't treat Romeo badly even if Romeo has secretly got into the party without an invitation. Later on when Capulet orders Juliet to marry the county Paris the audience start to dislike Capulet. He has ordered Juliet to marry a man she does not love. It makes the audience feel he has misguided them because they trusted him at the beginning when he was convivial and caring. He completely changes that by not caring for Juliet's feelings. It makes us empathise with Juliet when she feels her only hope is to stage her own death. We begin to understand just what the families' feuds can do to a person. ...read more.

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The light in this play is love particularly the love shared between Romeo and Juliet. The darkness is usually representing death and the families' involvement in the relationship. The religious imagery is used again because it's so powerful especially to a strongly religious audience the sonnet was particularly important because sonnets were only used between lovers and were very secret. To an Elizabethan audience I sonnet would demonstrate love perfectly and show how in love they were because it's so personal and special. The atmosphere at the end of the scene is quite negative as Juliet learns straight away that Romeo is a Montague and that her 'only love springs from her only hate' they cannot be together as he is from the rival family. She is already in torment as she can predict the troubles this will bring. Juliet is being called away by a family member this symbolizes the families involvements. She knows she cannot be with Romeo and that it will cause trouble but knows that won't stop her. The scene for the audience will be very important because of the contrasts of characters and the contrasts between the scenes. It is also when Romeo and Juliet first see each other and fall in love and if that were not to happen the whole play would seize right there. It is where the 'real' action begins and we begin to see what the characters destinies are. ...read more.

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