Essay about Romeo and Juliet: Act 1 Scene 5
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Romeo and Juliet: Act 1 Scene 5
In William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, about two love struck teenagers whom aren’t able to be together due to their families feud/ social situation. There are two key themes that of love and hate. Before Romeo and Juliet meet, the audience is only aware that he is a Montague and that she is a Capulet. This adds to the scene being so dramatically effective as do other happenings throughout the length of the scene. These include the speech of Capulet and the happy and joyous mood of the party, The romantic speech of Romeo, The hatred and harshness of Tybalt’s speech, a direct contrast with that of Romeo’s and the drama when the two lovers, Romeo and Juliet first meet.
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Romeo’s speech identifies to the audience for the first time, how Romeo feels about Juliet. That Juliet’s beauty is unmatched by those in the room and that Romeo has never loved before but he now thinks he has found her, Juliet the one. At this point the audience realises just what type of love and passion Romeo feels for Juliet. This event adds much more dramatic effect and intensifies the scene. At this instant a height of drama is achieved, but Shakespeare lifts it higher with a stronger and more hating speech, that of Tybalt’s.
Shakespeare creates effective drama by introducing the speech of Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt. Tybalts speech is strong and hateful towards Romeo, as he is now aware that there is one, if not more Montague’s present. By using dialogue such as ‘ what dare that slave come hither’ and ‘uncle, this is a Montague, our foe’ Shakespeare is able to translate the hate and rivalry, possessed between Romeo and Tybalt and generally the drama and conflict between Capulet and Montague. This is very dramatically effective. Capulet’s response to Tybalt, is to say that he has heard only good things about Romeo, therefore the party must go on. More time for more drama is allowed with no interruption of the party, therefore the passionate meeting of Romeo and Juliet is allowed to take place.
Shakespeare creates more effective drama by scripting the first words, followed then by a kiss,
morning routine to wander around in the dark and shuts himself in his room when day breaks.
“With tears augmenting the fresh morning’s dew adding to clouds more clouds withhis deep sighs”
The hyperbole above indicates Romeo’s unhappiness may be exaggerated as he triesto fit into the lovesick role he’s supposed to be playing.Romeo’s parents seem to genuinely care about him unlike Juliet’s parents who seemto just pay her a passing glance. Both of them have had different examples of love andeven though their views on love differ they both connect perfectly when they meeteach other In Act 1 scene 5.In scene 3 of the play, we are introduced to Juliet and we learn that her relationship toher parents is not as easy-flowing as Romeo’s to his parents. She plays the part of atypical daughter who only exists to please her parents, she strives to be the perfectchild. A good example of this is her reply when her mother asks her if she can loveParis, below.
“I’ll look to like, if looking liking move; but no more deep will I endart mine eye than your consent gives strength to make it fly”
Juliet is saying that she will not love Paris anymore than her parents tell her to lovehim. This sentence shows us that she strives to please her parents in all ways.An arranged marriage between Juliet and Paris was set up by Juliet’s parents and shedoes not seem to care.
“No more deep will I endart mine eye”
The Elizabethans believed that love entered through the eye and Juliet’s statementsays that she will not look too deeply into his eyes. When Romeo and Juliet met for the first time they looked into each other’s eyes and fell in love. In the Baz Lhurmanversion of the film, their eyes meet while looking into a fish tank. The fish tank is arepresentative of tranquillity in the midst of the chaos they call life, the fish tank was