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In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Act I, scene v, lines 91-95, what do the lines...

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Posted November 16, 2012 at 3:59 AM via web

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In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Act I, scene v, lines 91-95, what do the lines foreshadow for the plot of the play?

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 20, 2012 at 9:19 PM (Answer #1)

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At this section of Shakespeare's playRomeo and Juliet, Romeo's arch-enemy sees that the Montegues have invaded the Capulet party. Tybalt is stalled by his uncle Capulet, but says these lines in response, "I will withdraw; but this intrusion shall/ Now seeming sweet convert to bitt'rest gall" (I.v.94-95). In translation, Tybalt says that he will obey his uncle for the duration of the party, but he promises that even though Romeo gets away with "sweet" victory that night, Tybalt will answer the insult later. This is a perfect foreshadowing of the fight that must happen between Tybalt and Romeo in order to cause the one of the most tense scenes and dilemmas in literature and drama. This creates tension between the characters and can be felt by the reader or audience. The foreshadowing comes to pass in Act III when Tybalt finally confronts Romeo and Juliet have just been married.

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