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The Significance of Act 1 Scene 5 in Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

The Significance of Act 1 Scene 5 in Romeo and Juliet In Act 1 scene 5, Romeo first meets Juliet. When Romeo first sees Juliet he immediately falls in love with her and she falls in love with him. They flirt and kiss. The scenes before this have explained the Capulet and Montague history and have given us some background information about the characters. In this scene we learn more about them and we learn the direction the story is taking. This scene is important because the main events in the play all lead off from this scene. Because Romeo was spotted at the party, later in the play Tybalt kills Mercutio. This causes Romeo to seek revenge on Tybalt and this causes Romeo to be banished. When Romeo comes back to Verona he is chased by The Watch and finds Juliet, who has taken a poison to make herself appear to be dead so she doesn't have to marry Paris. This scene is important because without it, the main events of the play wouldn't have happened. When Romeo and Juliet meet we learn that Romeo is a very romantic person. In earlier scenes Romeo felt down because he had split up with his girlfriend, Rosaline. He had spent time alone and used poetic & romantic language. When Romeo and Juliet first meet they use very romantic language. The whole conversation is written as a sonnet, which emphasises their love and signals the start of their relationship. ...read more.

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Too early seen unknown and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it to me, That I must love a loathed enemy." The opposites are love/hate, early/late, unknown/known and love/loathed. These contrasts link to the rest of the story. For example the two families loath each other however at the same time this is undermined and contrasted by Romeo and Juliet's love. "Too early seen unknown and known too late!" This line can be seen as a premonition of the final outcomes of the play. Romeo finds Juliet too early because if he had found her later she would have woken up from the drug she had taken and he would not have killed himself, and then they would have succeeded to be with each other. Also its can be perceived to describe the confusion and misunderstanding between Juliet and Romeo, she tries to get a message of her plan to him but he does not receive it because the message arrives to late so he does not know about her plan. When Tybalt sees Romeo at the party, he wants to fight him and kill him because he believes Romeo has come just to ruin the celebration, but Capulet tells Tybalt to leave Romeo alone. Capulet says, "Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone, 'A bears him a portly gentleman; And to say truth, Verona brags of him To be a virtuous and well governed youth. I would not for the wealth of all this town Here in my house do him disparagement; Therefore be patient, take no note of ...read more.

Conclusion

We know that they will fall in love and die, but we don't know why or how and what makes this more interesting is that the characters don't know either. As the audience to see the story all come together as if by fate, inevitable it makes a much more enjoyable story not to want to find out what happens in the end, but what happens to get to that ending. Also as we learn more about the story we can pick up on 'clues' as to what else will happen. When Romeo and Juliet meet we, as the audience know that they are from rival families, but they do no know this. This makes the story more interesting because it draws the audience in to see their reaction and the outcome when they learn of how they are from opposing families. Modern films like, "Pulp Fiction" and "Reservoir Dogs" which were both hugely popular and successful showed the ending at the beginning and what made the story enjoyable was finding out how the characters came to be in that situation. This is one reason why after over 4 centuries Romeo and Juliet remains one of the best known and most read play of all time because of the superstition and suspense created. The superstition is created by the suggestion of fate controlling the events of what happened. And the suspense because we know what will happen and are anticipating how the story will lead to this. I really enjoyed this scene because it gives insight and clues to the outcome of the play; it is a crucial element in the story. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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