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What do we learn about the character of Tybalt, Romeo and Juliet in Act 1 scene 5 from what they say and do? What hints of danger appear in this scene and what affect do these have on the audience?

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What do we learn about the character of Tybalt, Romeo and Juliet in Act 1 scene 5 from what they say and do? What hints of danger appear in this scene and what affect do these have on the audience? In Act 1 scene 5, the audience know about the fight in the square with the Montagues and the Capulets, and they are aware of the hatred between the two families. They also know that Romeo is in love with a girl called Rosaline, but she doesn't like him and Romeo is dismayed. Rosaline however, is going to the Capulet's masked ball that night, so Romeo and his friends decide to gatecrash so he can see her. The audience are also aware that Paris has asked for Juliet's hand in marriage, and tonight's ball will be the perfect chance for Paris to see her, and vice versa. In scene 4, Romeo has also had a dream, a premonition that something fearful is going to happen the night at the ball. "I fear too early; for my mind misgives Some consequence yet hanging in the stars." This creates a cold atmosphere for the audience, making them curious, and wondering what it could mean, and what could go wrong. ...read more.

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Romeo and Benvolio were earlier talking about Rosaline. And Benvolio said as soon as they were at the party, he would see a hundred nicer girls and forget about Rosaline. Romeo wouldn't have that because he was too madly in love with her, but then he proved Benvolio right, as he fell for Juliet. As Romeo watched Juliet dance, he speaks aloud, describing her and comparing her to the brightly lit torches in the room. Tybalt, Juliet's cousin, hears his voice. He knows it's Romeo. He only recognises him by his voice, as it was a masked ball and his face was covered. Tybalt is angry, and can't believe that a Montague has dared to gatecrash the Capulet's ball. It's obvious that Tybalt wants to start a fight, because he storms off and goes to tell Lord Capulet that a Montague is present. This shows his fiery character, he doesn't think about the consequences of his actions, and wants his own way all the time. Lord Capulet doesn't mind though, that Romeo is there as he says Romeo is not doing any harm and he is known as a well-behaved young man. "And, to say with truth, Verona brags of him To be virtuous and well-govern'd youth." ...read more.

Conclusion

The nurse interrupts Romeo and Juliet, telling Juliet that her mother craves a word with her. Juliet immediately leaves Romeo and quickly goes to see her mother. This shows that Juliet is very obedient and somewhat "scared" of her mother. When Juliet has gone, Romeo is left alone with the nurse. He eagerly asks the nurse who the young girl is, as they don't even know each other's names yet, even though they are in love. "Her mother is the lady of the house," is the nurses reply. With that answer, Romeo realises that Juliet is a Capulet and feels as if his life is over because they are sworn enemies. But he loves her so he will ignore his family's wishes anyway. "Is she a Capulet? O dear account! My life is my foe's debt." The audience must link this up with what is going to happen next, with Romeo's premonition of doom. At the end of the party, Juliet finds out off the nurse that Romeo is a Montague. Romeo and Juliet both know it's too late to change the way they feel, as they are already too much in love. This is where the audience realise something is going to go wrong, and the relationship is doomed. It is preparing the audience for anything bad and unexpected that is to come. The atmosphere here has changed dramatically, from love and calmness to worry and curiosity. ...read more.

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