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Why is act 1 scene 5 such an important scene in "Romeo and Juliet"?

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Why is act 1 scene 5 such an important scene in "Romeo and Juliet"? Romeo and Juliet is a play depicting the struggles between two "star crossed lovers" who just want to be together although their families purely disagree. The plot of the play is set due to the prologue written as a sonnet in the beginning which implicates that it is a love story as two people fall in love "pair of star-crossed lovers" it also shows that it is a tragedy as it said that Romeo and Juliet "take their life" and their "death bury their parents strife" showing their deaths brought down the conflict of their families. Act 1 scene 5 is very important to the whole play due to the fact that it initiates everything that occurs within the play, initially before this scene the play is set with two families in a feud. There are two families at war with each other each "alike in dignity". The heads of these two families are lord Capulet and lord Montague. The opening scene sets the whole play off as it starts with a fight between these two families as they fought in the streets of Verona all showing that the hatred for one another is immense. To begin with in the first scene Romeos character is shown to be a man devoting himself to love he is well aware of the feud that occurs but absolutely hates it and does not participate in any way thus showing the type of peaceful and romantic kind of a character he is. ...read more.


At this stage it can be said that Romeo is acting child like as it can be called a school boy crush due to him not being in real love instead it could be referred to as courtly love furthermore it seems that he was just in love with the thought of being in love. But once Romeo has witnessed the beauty of Juliet in act 1 scene 5 his crush for Rosaline was thrown out of the window and his love for Juliet has just flown In. This can be shown because he questions his love for Rosaline "did my heart love till now. Forswear it sight, for I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." He is intrigued and transfixed. On the other hand once he finds out that Juliet is the daughter of his families very enemy he is shocked "is she a Capulet? O dear account! My life is my foe's debt". His character is shown a peaceful person but can be drove to the brink of destruction in this case he could murder Tybalt in revenge of Mercutio's death "Romeo away be gone the citizens are up, and Tybalt slain", although the majority of his behaviour in all scenes is shown as him being typically romantic. Juliet was initially going to be married to Paris which was not of her choice but her fathers due to the fact that Paris is related to the prince. Whilst she was in the decision for the marriage proposal of Paris she kisses Romeo. ...read more.


Romeo than lets his prayers take effect as he kisses her. "then not move while my prayers effect I take, thus from my lips, by thine my sin is purg'd." here he it is also saying that as he touches Juliet his unreligious sinful lips are purged throughout showing reverences to god and sacred things. In conclusion to my essay I find that this scene sets off everything that happens in the play for example the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt and the deaths of Romeo and Juliet I believe this because it is this scene within the party where Juliet and Romeo first meet and if they didn't meet they wouldn't get married and they wouldn't die for each other, also I believe that if Mercutio and his friends didn't gatecrash the party Tybalt would not be aggravated and he wouldn't want to fight Romeo and then end up killing Mercutio and then Romeo wouldn't have to avenge his death via killing Tybalt thus causing the fake death of Juliet then the real death of both. Also it offers the range of moods characters have like sir Capulet, and it proves that Tybalt's character is typical throughout. So I conclude that this whole scene is so important because it sets the scene of the rest of the play so it initiates everything that occurs leading to the deaths and the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Also the feud between the families would be still ongoing but as it is already predestined in the prologue "doth with their death bury their parent's strife". By Ikhlas Javaid ?? ?? ?? ?? Ikhlas Javaid 11:11 ...read more.

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