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Romeo And JulietTo what extent can it be argued that Act 1, Scene 5 is the most crucial scene in 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare.

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Richie Mann Romeo And Juliet To what extent can it be argued that Act 1, Scene 5 is the most crucial scene in 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare. In this assignment I shall be analysing the play 'Romeo And Juliet' by William Shakespeare. I am going to look at the techniques used in the play such as coincidence and structure to discover whether I think the play is a success. I shall also give a close analysis of act 1, scene 5 to see whether it really is the most important scene in the play. Firstly, I am going to look at and research William Shakespeare's background and the time period that he once lived in. Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, in 1564. Beyond the records of his baptism in 1564 and his burial in 1616, there is little documentary evidence for William Shakespeare's life apart from many unverifiable stories. Even the traditional date for his birth, St George's Day, 23 April, is uncertain. What evidence there is connects him firmly to Stratford-upon-Avon, where he was born, married, and died. Nothing is known of Shakespeare's early life before his marriage, at the age of 18, in 1582. For five years, when he was in his twenties, there is nothing to tell us where Shakespeare was or what he was doing. ...read more.

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There is a large contrast between Tybalt of the Capulets and Benvolio of the Montagues that is shown in this scene. "I do but keep the peace" Benvolio is trying not to start a fight with the Capulets as he prefers peace to violence, but this is hard to avoid when Tybalt is there. "Talk of peace! I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee: Have at thee, coward!" Tybalt mocks Benvolio, as he is a sworn enemy of the Montagues, It shows that Tybalt is a hotheaded character. This scene is constructed to show the violence, the men are promoting the fight but the women are worried. "Give me my long sword, ho!" "A crutch, a crutch! Why call for a sword?" This quote shows how Old Capulet wants his sword to fight the Montagues, but Lady Capulet is telling him he needs a crutch to support him as he is to old to fight. The fighting is eventually stopped by the Prince and his men. "If ever you disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace" We also learn a bit about Romeo in this scene. When we meet him we find that he is intoxicated with his love for Rosaline, a Capulet. He to, contrasts the violence. " Bid a sick man in sadness make his will: Ah, word ill urged to one that is so ill! ...read more.

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I'll not endure him" " He shall be endured" Tybalt acts rather childishly and so Capulet does not want him to make a scene and ruin his party. Tybalt becomes even angrier as he has been publicly humiliated. " Sin from thy lips? O trespass sweetly urged! Give me my sin again" " You kiss by the book" When Romeo and Juliet first meet they fall in love with each other and eventually kiss, in those times this was a big thing to do on your first meeting. "Is she a Capulet? O dear account! My life is my foe's debt" "His name is Romeo, and a Montague; the only son of your great enemy" Romeo surprisingly enough discovers that Juliet is a Capulet and she later finds out that he is a Montague. "My only love sprung from my only hate!" Shakespeare has used coincidence in this play to give us lovers from two families that hate one another. After analysing the 'Romeo and Juliet' I have found that Act 1, Scene 5 can be argued to a large extent to be the most crucial scene in the play. This is because William Shakespeare's use of coincidence brings Romeo and Juliet to meet and fall in love, which is definitely the key part of the entire play. Without that scene there would be no other way that the story could continue as it did to its tragic ending. ...read more.

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