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Act 1 Scene 5 Of William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Act 1 Scene 5 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

The tragedy of 'Romeo and Juliet' is about two families from Verona,
the Capulets and the Montagues, who are enemies. However, as the play
is entitled 'Romeo and Juliet' you would expect them to be the main
characters and this is true. Romeo and Juliet are 'star crossed
lovers', who fall deeply in love but because of their family's feud
the relationship is not allowed to blossom and, therefore, they use
their, 'graves as their wedding bed'.

Lord Capulet starts scene five, act one extremely jolly and welcoming
as he addresses his guests; he seems only content for his guests to
have a good time ...view middle of the document...

Eventually Tybalt concedes that on this occasion Romeo is to be
endures and that his time will come. This temper, this volatility that
Lord Capulet shows when disobeyed prepares us for events that follow,
as Juliet is to question his authority. She refuses to marry Paris and
this causes her father to lose his temper and threaten to throw her
out of the family and disinherit her.

Tybalt's actions is this scene prepare us for events that follow as we
discover that he is extremely rash in his decisions, and tends not to
consider his actions, and what may come of them is carried out. As he
hears Romeo's voice, he instantly asks for his rapier, and tells Lord
Capulet that he is to be dealt with because he is trying to disrupt
the banquet. Tybalt shows us that he is violent and doesn't think
properly before doing things, which he may in the future regret doing.
We can she that if his path is crossed then he will strike. This
behaviour prepares us for future conflicts between Tybalt and the
Montagues. Tybalt provides a fight, which leads to the death of
Murcutio. In revenge Romeo kills Tybalt. This also though gives us an
insight pf what things are to come are to come if Lord Capulet's
authority is ever questioned, this prepares us for a confrontation
between Juliet and Lord Capulet later in the play, as Juliet questions
his choice of man for her to marry, Paris, as she is already married
to Romeo at this stage. Also Lord Capulet's approach to how he spoke
to Tybalt relates to the theme of youth as Capulet shows how the
vigour of youth and the solemnity of age.

When Romeo and Juliet first meet they have a heart-warming
conversation in sonnet form. The significance of the sonnet form is
that, a sonnet is a short poem with 14 lines and ten or eleven
syllables in those lines, and I feel that the sonnet form is
significant because sonnets are normally about love. At the time of
Shakespeare, sonnets were a highly respected form of writing. Romeo
and Juliet use very holy imagery in the conversation and say things
like "my lips two blushing pilgrims ready stand" which Romeo says as
he is about to kiss Juliet, as if to say I have been looking for this
moment and I am worship your beauty I guess so to speak. Juliet joins
in with the religious imagery, "…for the saints have hands, that
Pilgrims' hands do touch and palm to palm is a holy palmers' kiss",
Romeo then says "have not saints lips and holy palmers' too?". Juliet
complies with what Romeo is saying and then says "Ay Pilgrim, lips
that they must us e in prayer"; she...

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