Considered one of Shakespeare’s (1564-1616) greatest plays. Written at the end of the sixteenth century, Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy about two lovers who were from two rival families. Only with their death do the families end the hate for each other, or as the prologue states ‘do with their death bury their parents' strife’. Act one, scene five is where they first meet at a party in the Capulet’s House.
At the start of the scene an atmosphere of hustle is created by two servants who words talk each other. The sentences are structured so that is seems that they are in a rush, and the sentences are also broken up into parts ‘You are looked for and called for, asked for and sought for, in ...view middle of the document...
This is also when he rethinks about Rosalyn he asks himself ‘did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight!’, he realises it was lust not true love unlike now with Juliet ‘For I never saw true beauty till this night’.
This part of the scene is very dramatically effective because it emphasises how much Romeo loves her and true love contrasts directly with his lust for Rosalyn. The description using rhyming couplets and powerful metaphors delivers this message clearly to the audience who can feel his passion.
Just after Romeo sees Juliet he is heard by Tybalt, who is a young and fiery Capulet. Due to his aggressive and unruly character he takes offence at Romeo being there and asks for his sword ‘Fetch me my rapier, boy’. He takes offence because he believes that Romeo is here to ruin the party and ‘to fleer and scorn at our solemnity’ meaning mock the Capulets.
Before he gets to Romeo though he is stopped by Capulet who quickly gets angry that Tybalt is so disobedient ‘go to, go to’ Tybalt promises he will take revenge for Romeo being at the party ‘now seeming sweet convert to bitter gall’. This is dramatically effective because it directly contrasts to the preceding speech of love by Romeo. It is also builds atmosphere of tension because the audience do not know if Tybalt will be able to kill Romeo.
At last when Romeo speaks to Juliet he takes on the metaphor of him being a pilgrim to he ‘this holy shrine’, Juliet. She pretends to be not interested but Romeo tries again ‘have not saints lips, and holy palmers too?’ to persuade her to kiss him using the metaphor of a pilgrim and her as the shrine. Using this terminology highlights that this is true and pure love and also the metaphor reflects that Romeo worships Juliet, as if she is the only shrine and the most important thing on...