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Show how Act I Scene 5, the Capulet party scene in “Romeo and Juliet” brings together and develops important ideas introduced earlier in Act I.

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Show how Act I Scene 5, the Capulet party scene in "Romeo and Juliet" brings together and develops important ideas introduced earlier in Act I. The Chorus in the Prologue introduces the play and reveals what is going to happen. From just listening to the Prologue expressed in a sonnet, we know that Romeo and Juliet will end in despair and tragedy. 'From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life.' From these specific lines we already understand that suicide and death will be a powerful theme throughout the performance. From the short section mentioning the Capulet servants Sampson and Gregory we can deduce that the play is going to be violent as the words and phrases used are intense. Sampson even goes to the extremity of saying that he would rape the Montagues' maids (virginal women) The chorus in the prologue introduces the idea of 'A pair of star-crossed lovers'. All references to love are described with death, 'A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life', 'The fearful passage of death-marked love.' The prologue prepares the audience for stirring and dramatic developments, which are then brought to life in Act I Scene 5. Scenes One to Four have built up our expectations for Scene five. The opening bustle of preparations is realistic. Shakespeare adds a touch of humour when a serving man asks to have some of the leftovers, 'Good thou, save me a piece of Marchpane.' ...read more.

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Capulet shows his vast superiority over Juliet. 'Hang thee, young baggage! Disobedient wretch! At the party Juliet hardly notices Paris although he is clearly besotted with her and is planning to 'woo' her. Paris is like the son that Lord Capulet never had. Lady Capulets' love for Juliet is less obvious. The nurse has a closer relationship with Juliet than her own mother. The nurses own daughter 'Susan' had died and therefore the nurse treats Juliet as her own. Even though the nurse mourns the loss of her daughter and husband, the nurse makes hard situations less difficult by being talkative and making sexual jokes and references, relieving the clear tension between the characters. "And yet, I warrant it, it had upon it brow A bump as big as a young cockerel's stone, A perilous knock; and it cried bitterly. 'yea' quoth my husband, 'fall'st upon thy face? Thou wilt fall backward when thou com'st to age; Wilt thou not, Jule? It stinted and said 'Ay'." Juliet falls instantly in love with Romeo in a romantic, charming, love scene. Their love for each other is so strong that their family divide, which threatens their lives, is ignored by the ill-fated couple and the destiny described in the Prologue comes into 'play.' Romeos' character was based on the stereotypical sighing lover, pining away for the scornful girl, who is unobtainable. Romeo illustrates what was expected of a courtly lover. Romeo was previously 'lovesick' for Rosaline although Rosaline did not return Romeos' love. ...read more.

Conclusion

O dear account! My life is my foes debt.' Juliets' words are perhaps the strongest, ' My only love, sprung from my only hate!' Capulet tries to brighten up Juliet as she has been grieving about Romeo slaying Tybalt. Juliets' parents think that she only crying for Tybalt, she has to lie and agree with her mother that she wants Romeo dead. When Juliets' father tells her about her marriage to Paris, she is desperate for a delay, 'Delay this marriage for a month, a week; Or if you do not, make the bridal bed In that dim monument where Tybalt lies.' She threatens that she would rather be dead than marry Paris and she says that Friar Lawrence should be making the bridal bed in the family vault. This shows Juliets' devotion to Romeo, though to her parents this would look like she was being deliberately stubborn in not marrying Paris. At the end of the play Shakespeare took a more gentle approach and was sympathetic to the lovers plight. We feel sorry for the lovers whom had to battle against their obstructive families to be together. Even though Romeos' death was 'accidental' Juliet could not bear the thought of not being together with Romeo that she too took her own life. Her only escape to be with Romeo eternally was death and because their love was so unique and exquisite Juliets' only option was to kill herself. Juliet would rather be dead than live a life without Romeo. The play is motivated by using love to conquer hate. Love will always win. Shakespeare successfully interprets this theme into the play 'Romeo and Juliet.' ...read more.

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