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Why is Act 1, Scene 5 such an important scene in Romeo and Juliet and how effectively does Shakespeare develop the themes of Love and Hate in this scene.

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01/03/2004 Why is Act 1, Scene 5 such an important scene in Romeo and Juliet and how effectively does Shakespeare develop the themes of Love and Hate in this scene. Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy play written by William Shakespeare. Act 1, scene 5 is an essential scene in the play. The main two themes are the emotions, Love, and Hate. I think this scene is so vitally important because it is the first time Romeo and Juliet set eyes upon each other and it seems predicted and they are instantly love struck. I think Shakespeare did this so that the audience felt like they were perfect together but, this would also make their 'foreseen' deaths (from the prologue) a lot harder for the audience to bear. So the audience is told the play will come to a horrifying climax at the beginning, 'from forth... star crossed lovers take their lives.' ...read more.


Love seems to balance out hate in this play and the language of love is written in sonnet form, Shakespeare's speech does form perfect sonnets for Romeo's lines to Juliet and also in Romeo's monologue. Sonnets meant to an Elizabethan audience that this couple are perfect and fate will keep them together because speaking in sonnets indicates that the two 'star crossed lovers' are ideal for each other, and destiny makes them fall in love instantly. Romeo compares his presence and himself to Religious imagery, through use of sonnets and metaphors. 'My lips, two blushing pilgrims,' this indicates that Romeo wants to start a 'pilgrimage' or journey of love with Juliet and the 'blushing pilgrims' symbolise his initial embarrassment of kissing her with passion and his actual lips as well. Hate, I think, triggers the events of love even though the two emotions are equal throughout the play. One way in which Shakespeare puts emphasis on hate is by using sibilance in 'evil' characters speech like Tybalts lines, 'Why ...read more.


This also shows the contrast of age between the two family's generations, and really, Shakespeare puts forward the idea that the older you get, the wiser you become , hence Capulets 'wise' decision to not let Tybalt cause upset in front of his guests, and thus, not put the shame of a outbreak of violence on his family for a relatively minor incident. In conclusion I think Shakespeare brought the themes of love and hate together very well and added depth and an original twist to the tragedy love story plot. Also I think that this play will not go out of fashion in today's modern world, because it is about two emotions that are just as real today as they were then and that tragedies like this can happen in everyday situations, so I think the play is timeless because it appeals to everyone's life in one way or another. ...read more.

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