Importance Of Act 1 Scence 5 In Romeo And Juliet By William Shakespeare

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Importance of Act 1 Scence 5 in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Act 1 scene 5 is an important scene in the play. In this essay I am
going to discuss how and why this is by referring to the drama,
Shakespeare's use of language and how this scene fits into the rest of
the play. I have chosen Act 3 scene 5 for my subsequent scene for
which I will repeat the above process.

The previous scene concluded with Romeo's curious premonition. Romeo
seems to foresee his own death here "Some consequence, yet hanging in
the stars, Shall bitterly begin his fearful date" (line 108) Romeo
believes that he has mortgaged his life in return for love. It is
written in the stars that events during the following night will lead
to his being asked to repay this debt with his life. He calls upon the
one that "hath the steerage" of his "course" - he who guides the path
of his life - to direct him safely. The sea is often used by
Shakespeare as a symbol of the powerful and unpredictable forces of
fate. The audience already know that Romeo's tragic fate is fixed, for
he is "star-crossed". This scene ends with a sense of foreboding but
Shakespeare uses the opening of Act 1 scene 5 to relieve the tension.

The last scene ended on a gloomy and threatening note with Romeo
having a premonition of his death. Before this scene begins we know
that Romeo is totally obsessed by his love for Rosaline, his parents
and friends are extremely worried because he will not speak of it, he
is constantly pondering his 'misery' and thinking himself the most
tragic figure, he is apparently keeping well away from the feuding
between the Montagues and Capulets, he is deeply unhappy about the
idea of gate-crashing the Capulet's party- only doing it so he can see
Rosaline and he intends to play no part in the dancing and
celebrations. We also have some knowledge of Juliet's situation. We
know that when she was a very small girl she was already showing that
she had an independent mind, at the age of thirteen she is an object
of desire for men in Verona, her protective parents would like her to
start considering Paris as a future husband. By her own admission, she
is innocent of the world and is somewhat unready for an arranged
marriage as such, she has consented to attend the party and make up
her mind about Paris. Taking all of this into account, it is important
to note that both Romeo and Juliet go to the Capulet party alert for
the possibility of future partners, and with the idea of love very
much on their minds.

The opening of this scene is concerned with everyday domestic matters
as the Capulet servants joke amongst themselves as they clear up after
dinner and begin to hurry about, moving furniture to create a dance
floor for the masked dance. The servants bustle picks up the pace of
the play and there is a sense...

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