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Romeo & Juliet Assignment

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Gemma Phillips 10-1/T Romeo & Juliet Assignment Act 1 scene 5 is an important scene in the play, explain how and why this scene is important by referring to the drama, Shakespeare's use of language and how this scene fits into the rest of the play. Choose another scene from the play and repeat the process. Act 1 scene 5 is an important scene in the play. In this essay I am going to discuss how and why this is by referring to the drama, Shakespeare's use of language and how this scene fits into the rest of the play. I have chosen Act 3 scene 5 for my subsequent scene for which I will repeat the above process. The previous scene concluded with Romeo's curious premonition. Romeo seems to foresee his own death here "Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars, Shall bitterly begin his fearful date" (line 108) Romeo believes that he has mortgaged his life in return for love. It is written in the stars that events during the following night will lead to his being asked to repay this debt with his life. He calls upon the one that "hath the steerage" of his "course" - he who guides the path of his life - to direct him safely. The sea is often used by Shakespeare as a symbol of the powerful and unpredictable forces of fate. The audience already know that Romeo's tragic fate is fixed, for he is "star-crossed". This scene ends with a sense of foreboding but Shakespeare uses the opening of Act 1 scene 5 to relieve the tension. The last scene ended on a gloomy and threatening note with Romeo having a premonition of his death. Before this scene begins we know that Romeo is totally obsessed by his love for Rosaline, his parents and friends are extremely worried because he will not speak of it, he is constantly pondering his 'misery' and thinking himself the most tragic figure, he is apparently keeping well ...read more.

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Tybalt answers Lord Capulet, saying that it is indeed Romeo, repeating the fact that he is a villan. Capulet then politely tries to talk some sense into Tybalt saying "Content thee gentle coz*, let him alone. 'A bears him like a portly gentleman; And to say truth, Verona brags of him" (line 65) *In calling Tybalt "gentle coz" he's asking Tybalt to be well-mannered too. "Gentle" has the meaning that it retains in the word 'gentleman', and "coz" is a short and friendly term for 'cousin'. ('Cousin' was a word that covered a lot of ground, including 'nephew', which is what Tybalt is in relation to Lord and Lady Capulet) Capulet goes on to say "To be a virtuous and well governed youth, I would not for the wealth of all this town...Show a fair presence, and put off these frowns, An ill-beseeming semblance for a feast" (line 67-73). Despite Capulet's friendly words of wisdom, Tybalt is still angry responding to his Uncle "It fits when such a villan is a guest. I'll not endure him" Tybalt persists, and we see how Lord Capulet's mood can change swiftly too. He quickly becomes furious at Tybalts disobedience. During the course of the play, we get the impression that Capulet likes to be in control and will not tolerate anyone who disobeys or refuses to agree with him, even if it concerns family as it does with Tybalt now and later with his own daughter, Juliet. Lord Capulet does not want to cause a disruption to the ball as he is host because it would prove embarrassing - this shows that Capulet is very image conscious and values his popularity and the opinions of others. Him being such a strong and powerful character and also the fact that Lord Montague (Romeo's father) is probably very similar in nature is most likely to be one of the causes of the feud and rivalry between the two houses, both wanting to be the superior and most important. ...read more.

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As the nurse chases after Romeo, Juliet says "If he be married, My grave is like to be my wedding-bed" meaning 'I'll die unmarried' or 'I'll die if I can't marry him' - another ominous comment. This is the first time in the play that death is portrayed as a bridegroom, although this image occurs again at the end. Here Juliet is also unknowingly foreshadowing her fate, in which her grave does become her wedding bed. The nurse immediately returns with the news that the one Juliet asked about is Romeo, the only son of her great enemy, Lord Montague. Juliet's reaction is similar to Romeo's when he found out who Juliet really was, saying "My only love sprung from my only hate" (line 137). "Too early seen unknown, and known too late" (line 138) suggests that if Juliet had known Romeo to be a Montague, she wouldn't have fallen in love with him, but now it's "too late". She also says that she met him and loved him before she knew who he was. This underlines the folly of the feud - if the two families would just accept each other as they are rather than as enemies, then the feud would disappear. Sometimes it is difficult to decide whether the play is more about the nature of hate than the nature of love, more concerned with death and darkness than with life and light. Juliet feels, like Romeo that love is once and forever, and they both fear the consequences of their love, but without any thought of changing their minds or hearts. The nurse asks Juliet what she is saying, and Juliet lies, saying that it's just a rhyme she heard from a dance partner "A rhyme I learned even now, Of one I danced withal" (line 142). Someone calls for Juliet, and she and the nurse hurry away, ending the scene on a point of high tension, and leaving the audience pondering the events which they know the future holds. ...read more.

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