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The Significance of Act One Scene Five in 'Romeo and Juliet'.

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The Significance of Act One Scene Five in 'Romeo and Juliet' Romeo and Juliet is a story about two star-crossed lovers that end up in tragedy. The tragedy begins when they meet in act one scene five at Capulet's ball. The others are the balcony scene (2.2), the short wedding scene (2.6) and the opening of Act 3, Scene 5. The lovers are both in Act 5, Scene 3, but Romeo kills himself before Juliet wakes. Shakespeare prepares for this scene by showing Romeo's infatuation with Rosaline, a very strong "crush" on her, with Romeo being miserable it has a big effect on the audience, he foresees his own death at the end of act one scene four. The audience feels sorry for Romeo, so they also feel upset and miserable. On the guest list for the party, Rosaline is described as Capulet's "fair niece", but she never appears in the play. Benvolio in 1.2 has promised to show Romeo a more attractive woman, but doesn't really have anyone special in mind, as far as we know. Similarly, we know that Juliet is there because Capulet wants to give Paris a chance to meet her. ...read more.


Capulet knows that it's not good to show his guest his bad mood. Tybalt, Romeo is "virtuous and well-governed" [well-behaved]. Tybalt is angry at losing the chance for a fight, and blames Romeo for this, especially when he is made to look silly by Capulet, who tells him off and calls him a "saucy boy". Tybalt says that he will leave it now and get him later, he seeks his revenge. Once Romeo and Juliet get together they kiss. Juliet says to Romeo that he kisses by the book. She is saying that he kisses not with his heart but as if he has read a book about how to kiss. Romeo compares Juliet is a holy shrine, he has compared her to religious things. Juliet compares Romeo to a pilgrim. This makes it look and sound more serious. Nurse tells Juliet that her mother is calling her, this is the start to the nurses involvement into Romeo and Juliet's affair. The nurse tells Romeo who Juliet is (Capulet's daughter) and tells Juliet who Romeo (Montague's son). At this point the audience start feeling worried even though they already knew this. The nurse says to Romeo he who ' lays hold of her will have the chinks' which means who ever gets with Juliet will be very wealthy. ...read more.


Juliet explains that handholding is the right kind of kiss for pilgrims, while lips are for praying? Romeo's witty response is to ask for permission to let his lips do what his hands are allowed to, and Juliet agrees to "grant" this for the sake of his prayers. When Romeo kisses her, Juliet says she has received the sin he has "purged" from himself. Romeo insists at once that he must take it back and kisses her again! There are many named characters in this scene, but you should concentrate on four of them mainly: Romeo, Juliet, Capulet and Tybalt. The Nurse gives bits of information, and Lady Capulet tells Tybalt off briefly. But the most important pair is Romeo and Juliet, look at their speech for evidence of their feelings. Romeo has told us he is attracted to Juliet. Her reaction shows that she is interested in him, she allows him to take her hand and to kiss her. Anything more in a public situation could make us think Juliet to be promiscuous. The next most important pair is Tybalt and Capulet. Capulet may dislike the Montague's, but he is trying to obey the Prince's command. But as a host, he cannot allow even an enemy to be attacked under his own roof. Gurpal Singh Bhogal 12.3 ...read more.

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