Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy about a pair of lovers, from two opposing families, fated to their death, Act 1 Scene 5 is a microcosm of the entire play, it contains a rollercoaster of emotions and many different themes such as love, hate and death but they are all expressed at their best in this part of the play.
The build up to the scene creates tension and expectation for the audience.
The prologue, said by the Chorus who have no character or emotion, gives the overall structure it tells the audience they will meet, fall in love and then die, it briefs them as to what is going to happen but does not let them in on too much information. From the start they are described as ‘star crossed lovers’ that are fated to disaster. Romeo has a vision that a chain of events starting at the party will lead to his death, he says he feels like fortune’s fool and whatever he does, it’s inevitable; he cannot escape or change fate.
The overall information given in the prologue is not too much for the audience; it gives them a brief overview of the play but does not spoil it for them. In a way it makes them feel as if they are being let in on a little secret because they get a hint of what is going to happen, without learning too much. Shakespeare describes Romeo and Juliet as victims in love as if they are caught in a trap, and cannot escape. However, Brooke the original playwright presents them as fools in love, which gives a different message to the audience, it comes across to them that Romeo and Juliet know that they won’t be accepted by either family but they still choose to love each other and everything that happens is their own fault.
In the prologue, the quote ‘ A pair of star crossed lovers take their life’ tells you they are fated to be together, so it seems in a way the did not have much choice. Shakespeare puts this in to make the audience feel
Sympathy for the lovers and to make his message clear that revenge is pretty useless.
The main events in Act 1 Scene 5 include the servants rushing around, Capulet welcoming guests at the party, Romeo and Juliet seeing each other for the first time and then finding out that they have fallen in love with their families’ enemies. This is the point when Romeo and Juliet know their love will never be accepted due to the rift between the Montagues and the Capulets. Once they find out who each others families are, death imagery is used to represent the shock, a quote made by Romeo ‘my life is my foes debt’ is an example of this shock and dismay, this demonstrates that their relationship won’t work out as they hoped.
Shakespeare makes this scene appeal to the audience by changing the mood so much, all the events in Act 1 Scene 5 have different moods so the audience are kept on the edge of their seats. ...