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David Hayes Act One Scene Five of Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is a romantic play written by William Shakespeare, it is a tragic story of two lovers that can't be together because of an ancient feud between their families, Capulet and Montague. They can only be together in death, so they take their own lives, unlike many other love stories where they live happily, this play ends tragically. Also, the audience already knows the lovers fate from the beginning of the play, because of the prologue. Moods change throughout the scene to sustain the audiences attention. One of the most important scenes in the play is act one scene five, in which Romeo and Juliet meet and this is the scene I'll be concentrating on. The audience would be eagerly awaiting this scene since the prologue, we later realise that this scene is crucial to the play as most of the later events in the play wouldn't happen without this scene, such as Tybalt and Mercutios death. ...read more.


He spends some time speaking to his cousin about the good old days which shows what a sad unhappy man he is by going on about the past instead of focusing on the now. Next is the meeting of Romeo and Juliet, the mood changes again, now it's calm, romantic and peaceful. When Romeo fist sees Juliet he is totally overcome, this is enforced when he says "O" and sighs. He then uses a poetic language when he talks about Juliet, which is very romantic. It seems to be love at first sight for them. He describes Juliet as a "snowy dove trooping with crows", also Romeo used many oxymorons such as "sick health" when he talked to Benvolio about Rosaline, this suggests he was mixed up about his feelings for her, this is not the same with Juliet as he is sure he loves her. He has now completely forgotten Rosaline which shows that it was probably just an infatuation. ...read more.


They talk to each other using a sonnet (a 14 line love poem). They share this therefore showing their love is equal. All is going smoothly between them until they are interrupted by the nurse, this suggests their relationship won't be smooth, easy or simple. Now Capulet dismisses his guests and the atmosphere is tense, confused. Capulet then calls for "more torches", suggests the mood has become darkened again (troubled). The atmosphere now changes to tense, shock and disappointment as they both learn that they are meant to be feuding families and complete opposite. This scene ends with a cliff-hanger, which keeps the audience gripped and pushes them to read/watch on. It leaves the audience wondering what will happen? How will Romeo and Juliet end up dead? And what's Tybalt going to do to take revenge on Romeo? Overall it's a very gripping scene as Shakespeare uses techniques such as mood changes, so the audience doesn't get bored therefore enticing them to read/watch on. ...read more.

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