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Romeo and Juliet is a play about two young lovers who lose their lives due to their forbidden love The major themes in this play include the contrast between love and hate and how the Capulet and Montague family rivalry prevents Romeo and Juliet from being together The play also raises the issues of arranged marriage and love at first sight Act 1 Scene 5 is central to these issues of the play as some key moments take place during this scene In this scene Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time which is one of the crucial points Also in this scene Tybalt reveals his hatred and anger towards Romeo which leads to Tybalts and Mercutios deaths in Act 3 Scene 1 Shakespeares use of language in this scene makes it a tense high point in the play I am going to examine the stagecraft used to emphasis key points and characters and how Shakespeares language devices are brought together to add to the drama In this scene the audience expects Juliet and Paris arranged marriage to go ahead and Romeo to marry Roselyn In the opening of Act 1 Scene 5 Shakespeare shifts the mood from the fight at the beginning of the play to a happy party atmosphere Capulet greets his guests warmly and in a laid back manner by saying Welcome gentlemen Ladies that have their toes Unplagd with corns will have a bout with you This brings all the main characters on stage and sets the scene up as fun with dancing This also provides a different tone from earlier scenes Capulet is good humoured and welcoming as he reminisces and jokes with his guests Romeos soliloquy sets him apart from the speeches of Capulet and Tybalt as he is revealed as a romantic character He uses figurative language such as So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows to favourably compare Juliet to other women Similes
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