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What is the Dramatic Significance of Act 1 Scene 5 of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'?

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What is the Dramatic Significance of Act 1 Scene 5 of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'? William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564. He had three children, two of which were twins. The time in which he lived in was the Elizabethan era. Fathers used to 'sell' their daughters to a man they thought would be suitable for her. As you see in Romeo and Juliet, some young girls used to marry at the age of thirteen. He started to write his plays in 1589. The first mention of Shakespeare was in London. Another playwright, Robert Greene seems to have been jealous of Shakespeare. He is known to write approximately thirty-five plays. Romeo and Juliet was written between 1589 - 1595. In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo (from the house of Montague) falls in love with Juliet (from the house of Capulet). Despite being rival families, Romeo and Juliet find some way to marry in secret. Then Romeo kills Juliet's cousin Tybalt. Because of this, Romeo is 'banished' to Mantua, but before he goes, Friar Lawrence gives Juliet a potion, this will make Juliet appear dead, even though she isn't. When Romeo finds her 'dead', he takes a potion and kills himself. When Juliet finally awakes, she finds Romeo dead, so she kills herself too. This is true love. The dramatic significance of act 1 scene 5 is, it is where Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time. ...read more.

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In act 3 scene 1, Mercutio and Benvolio see Tybalt, they understand that Tybalt is looking for Romeo. Mercutio draws his sword to Tybalt. At that point, Romeo steps in to stop the fight, but it was too late. Mercutio was wounded. In a furious fit of revenge, Romeo then strikes Tybalt and kills him. The theme of love and hate plays a part here. The Prince decrees that Romeo should be banished from Verona. In Shakespeare's times, banished used to be , if someone done something wrong, they would get sent somewhere else as a punishment. In scene 2 of act 3, Juliet talks to the nurse, and is unaware the events that have taken place. Once she has found out what happened, she declares that she cares more for Romeo than her own cousin. "Give me my Romeo; and when he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine; That the world will be in love with night..." the theme of light and dark is brought in again. Juliet also uses a lot of oxymoron's to show her confusion. In act 3 scene 3, Romeo can't bear life without Juliet; he'd rather kill himself than to be banished. "Heaven is where Juliet lives..." Romeo talking about Juliet. ...read more.

Conclusion

"Life and these lips have long been separated. Death lies here like an untimely frost; Upon the sweetest flower of all the field..." The feelings of the nurse, Capulet and Lady Capulet towards Juliet are revealed. In act 5 scene 1, Romeo is in Mantua ands receives the devastating news that Juliet is dead. He decides to go to the apothecary to buy some poison, he will drink it when he goes back to visit Juliet. In this scene, I can see how much Romeo really loves Juliet, although in other scenes he has said he'd kill himself is Juliet died, well now she has 'died' Romeo really is going to do what he said. Act 5 scene 2 is where Friar John explains to Friar Lawrence that he couldn't deliver the message to Romeo. In act 5 scene 3, Romeo accidentally kills Paris struggling to open the tomb, he then drinks the potion. All this wouldn't have happened if Romeo never went to the Capulet's party. So, as many people can see, act 1 scene 5 has importance to the rest of the play. I think Romeo and Juliet is one of the best love tragedies and ever since act 1 scene 5, their first meeting, Romeo knew that Juliet was the one for him. It has dramatic significance because before that scene, Romeo wasn't even interested in any other girl apart from Rosaline. It's a turning point of the whole play. ?? ?? ?? ?? Alison Bricknell Page 1 ...read more.

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