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To What Extent does Act1 Scene 5 Prepare the Audience for what is to come?

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To What Extent does Act1 Scene 5 Prepare the Audience for what is to come? I am going to write about why Act1 Scene5 prepares the audience for what is going to happen in William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". They play is based on two characters from two rival families, the Capulets and the Montagues who fall in love at a party in 1.5. Tension between the two families is obvious because of the fight in 1.1 between Tybalt Capulet and Benvolio Montague and their group. 1.5 is set at the great hall in the Capulet's mansion, Romeo and his friends have dressed up and went uninvited to a party. The first and most important thing to note is the huge rivalry between the two houses. ...read more.


he believes he has never been in love as much as this moment. This forms a strong bond between him and her for the rest of the play, so much so that he will die for her. This till-the-death bond gets the audience ready for the ending that we know. When they first meet Romeo tells her that his lips are like two pilgrims wanting to kiss her. She tells him a pilgrim's lips should be used in prayer. He kisses her saying that it will purge his sins. This is where the audience realise the main story line, a love which can never happen. Romeo realises that she is a Capulet and says "O dear account! My life is my foe's debt", he means that by terrible reckoning he is at his enemy's mercy. ...read more.


He does not want any trouble because it will make his family looks bad. This helps to tell us that in the future of the play that Capulet does not want riots and problems caused because the prince said if they had one more fight then they would risk exile. Finally the role of the nurse is important; she goes between Romeo and Juliet in this scene and later in the play. She is dedicated to Juliet, not a particular family so she does not tell the older Capulets about the affair, even when they marry later in the play. So in conclusion we can see that Act1 Scene5 sets the pace for the rest of the play. It deals with Romeo and Juliet's love, the fight and Tybalt's death in Act3 Scene1, the hate between the two families and the role of the nurse. Aaron Horn, GCSE English Coursework, 2002. Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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