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Romeo and JulietAct 1 Scene 5

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English Coursework Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 5 In this essay I am going to discuss how Shakespeare uses Act 1 Scene 5 to introduce key themes that run throughout the play. The play is written as a typical tragedy. It is based around serious key topics - love, fate, death - and is sad and moving, with the main characters dying at the end. There are also some things which are unusual for a tragedy. There are some comical conversations and the Nurse is a fairly funny character. There is also some romantic and optimistic scenes between Romeo and Juliet that seem to go against the sad, doomed feel of the other scenes in the play. I am also going to look at how Shakespeare foretells key events that are to happen later in the play, as well as how he uses language for dramatic effect. The opening of Act 1 Scene 5 is very important. At the end of the previous scene Romeo and Mercutio were fighting about dreams. This, combined with the fact that he had dreamed about his "untimely death", and the fact that he was about to enter the house of an enemy, probably meant that Romeo was feeling slightly uncomfortable. ...read more.


The sharing of the sonnet between Romeo and Juliet isolates them from the party that is taking place around them. It also shows how well they are connected - their first conversation together is a love poem. This sonnet is filled with religious references - "holy shrine" (line 91), "Good pilgrim" (94), "lips that they must use in prayer" (99). This use of religious language makes Romeo and Juliet sound pure and innocent. Throughout the sonnet Romeo refers to Juliet as "saint" and she refers to him as "pilgrim". Pilgrims make long journeys to the shrines in their holy lands to show their faith. This could have been written to show that this is what Romeo feels he has spent his life searching for, that his life is finally complete. It is known from the beginning of the play that Romeo and Juliet are "star-crossed lovers". Their fate is written in the stars; whatever they do to try to prevent it, they are going to die. It is fate that brings them together in the first place. In Act 1, Scene 3, Capulet is arranging a party and sends his servant Peter out with a list of guests to invite. ...read more.


The Nurse returns and tells Juliet that Romeo is a Montague. Juliet turns away from the Nurse to say "My only love sprung from my only hate, Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me, That I must love a loathed enemy." The rhyme and contradicting ideas show Juliet's pain at falling in love with an enemy. I think Act 1 Scene 5 is well written as it clearly shows the characters relationships and feelings towards each other. It shows that Romeo and Juliet are so perfect for each other that they fall in love at first sight. It also shows how pointless the families feud is, that even though Romeo has never done anything to harm or annoy him, Tybalt wants to fight him, just because he is a Montague. It also gives hints as to what is to happen later in the play. It is already known that Romeo and Juliet are going to die, but the reader is constantly reminded with lines such as "Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars," (line 107) and Romeo dreaming of his "untimely death" (111). ?? ?? ?? ?? Jennifer Jolley 08/05/2007 ...read more.

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