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Romeo & Juliet Act 1 Scene 5

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In act 1 scene 5 Shakespeare create a sense of Excitement and romance, but also an undercurrent of DANGER. Where and how are these moods created during the scene and how might they affect the audience
Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 5
William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet is about two loves 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 are only aware that he is a Montague and that she is a Capulet. This adds to the scene being as dramatically effective as do other happenings throughout the length of the scene. ...view middle of the document...

In Scene 5 is the party at the Capulet's house. Tybalt recognizes Romeo and wants to kill him. Lord Capulet stays his hand. Romeo dances with Juliet. They fall in love immediately. They curse their fate.
Romeo is quite a romantic character and this is shown when he first sees Juliet and describes her beauty. Romeo Likens Juliet to a jewel in an Ethiop’s ear, and says that “she doth teach the torches to burn bright.” The first of those examples is a lot like the one saying how Juliet is like a dove and the other women are crows. An Ethiop being a black person, a jewel would probably stand out clearly against the dark background of the ear. In the same way, Juliet seems to stand out from the other black crows like a white dove would. What Romeo says about Juliet teaching the torches to burn bright suggests that she lights the room more than the torches do, and stands out more as well. It is like the torches, which provide the light and warmth, are humbled and forgotten by Juliet’s presence. Also he immediately distinguishes his feelings for Juliet from those he had for Rosaline “Did my heart love till now?” He is saying there that what he feels for Juliet is greater than he felt for Rosaline. It is like he didn’t love Rosaline at all compared to Juliet now.
Romeo offers to pay the “fine” for touching her hand “This holy shrine” without her permission. He asks for her forgiveness by offering to “smooth the rough touch” of when he seized her hand without her permission, with a kiss. Juliet joins in Romeo’s game then refers to Romeo as a pilgrim, because a pilgrim would go to a shrine, just as Romeo touched Juliet and referred to her as a shrine. The rest of the sonnet uses these images and other religious ideas. Juliet resists Romeo’s obvious desire to kiss her, but she is willing really because they do in fact kiss.
This holy theme reflects the goodness and pureness of their love, which again contrasts with Romeo’s feelings for Rosaline which seemed to be little more than lust.
Romeo and Juliet’s conversation takes the form of a sonnet. A sonnet is a type of rhyme which takes the form abab cdcd efef gg, where each letter rhymes with itself. So the first line rhymes with the third, second with fourth, and so on. The last two lines rhyme with each other as well; they are a rhyming couplet. There are ten syllables in each line, and alternate syllables are emphasized, in the meter of iambic pentameter. This gives the sonnet a stress pattern which approximates English language speech.
This shows that Shakespeare is using contrast in the Romeo and Juliet act1 scene 5. Romeo and Benvolio attend Capulet's feast because they think that Rosaline will be there, and since then Romeo thought he was in love with her, he decided to go with them, and this is where Romeo sees Juliet for the first time at the feast. He describes her as “a snowy dove trooping with crows.” He is saying here that she stands out from all the other women as a dove would stand out...

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