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Why is Act 1, Scene 5 important to the play?

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gaffa | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 25, 2009 at 7:25 AM via web

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Why is Act 1, Scene 5 important to the play?

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melindarobbins | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted September 25, 2009 at 9:43 AM (Answer #1)

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In Romeo and Juliet, Act 1 Scene 5 is important for two major reasons.  First and foremost, it is important because Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time.  They fall instantly and madly in love and even have their first kiss in this scene.  Romeo had been heartbroken before he meets Juliet over a girl named Rosaline.  Meeting Juliet makes him instantly forget about Rosaline and never think about her again; Juliet is the new love of his life.  It is interesting to note that Juliet is the second woman that Romeo is love sick over.  Just a few scenes before this, Romeo was depressed over the lost love he had with Rosaline. 

The second reason this scene is so important is that the conflict between the Montagues and Capulets becomes intensified when Tybalt (a Capulet) discovers Romeo (a Montague) at Capulet’s ball.  Tybalt is furious at Romeo’s intrusion and demands not only that Romeo and his friends be thrown out, but also that the Capulets get revenge for the intrusion in the party.

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kiraburkie | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted October 18, 2011 at 5:18 AM (Answer #2)

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This scene is of great significance in the play

Firstly:Romeo and Juliet declare their love for each other. He abandons his former adolescent and unrequited love for Rosaline and falls deeply and passionatly in love with Juliet. Before Romeo met Juliet he was in a very meloncholic and depressed mood. Romeo feels as if he has never truly loved anyone till now. It is as if Romeo has just come back to life. Juliet falls in love for the first time and reacts affectionatly an sincerly to Romeos attempts to woo her. Romeos love is extravagant , idealistic and romantic. He uses religious an poetic language in wooing Juliet. He woos Juliet by acting the part of a pligrim at a shrine of a saint and asking her premmision to kiss her. Romeo and Juliet have found a love more wonderful than they expected and their love for each other is just as strong and absolute as the other's but the effects of their passion on each differ.

Secondly:When Juliet discovers that Romeo is a Montague, her happiness in her new found love is shattered. Because of this Juliet feels as if tragic consequences ar in place for them in the future. When Tybalt recongnises Romeo as a Montague he feels insulted and Tybalt attempts to revive the fued by challenging Romeo to fight. Tybalts vows revenge on Romeo for this insult and an outbreak of old rivalries threatens Romeo's new-found love. Thus we are prepared for a crisis since love and hate, peace and volience vie for supremacy in this scene.

*sorrry, i didnt put in any qoutes. :)

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marzii | Student , Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 27, 2012 at 10:45 AM (Answer #3)

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 Firstly, this scene is initiated by Romeo only agreeing to gatecrash the Capulet’s party; in return he gets to gaze at Rosaline. He quotes:"I’ll go along-but just to look at Rosaline." However; as soon as he sets his sights on Juliet, his adolescent love for Rosaline is forgotten and Juliet is his new budding flower of love. This is where the saying Love at first sight befalls. He states;" she's more beautiful than the other girls- like a dove among a crowd of crows." All of the above entails significance to the play because this is where the starting point or the beginning towards the rest of the events which will take place later on. Romeo implies cliché sonnets towards Juliet in attempt to woo her. It works leaving the budding love between the two start=struck characters to occur.

      Furthermore the second point is Tybalt's sighting of the Montague’s at the party. This trigger’s the oncoming battle in the story where Romeo's friend Mercutio is killed. Moreover Tybalt is angered straight away at the sight of the Montague’s whilst stating: "By my family's honour it wouldn't be wrong to kill him." This quote proves that he wants to throw uproar and kick the Montague’s out of the party. Nevertheless due to the sweet persistent persuasion of Capulet his wooed into allowing hem stay as long as they do not stir any conflicts or uproar.

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haseebdar | Student , Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 12, 2009 at 11:59 PM (Answer #4)

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i m to the point

,,,,, in act 1 scene 1  romeo and juliet meets, thats it

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