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(Romeo and Juliet)What is the significance of act 1 scene 5 to the rest of the play? I...

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cutenaheed | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 28, 2007 at 2:10 AM via web

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(Romeo and Juliet)What is the significance of act 1 scene 5 to the rest of the play?

I want to know how it affects the overall play as well as knowing how strong does the relationship goes between Capulets and Montageus after their death.

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted June 8, 2007 at 11:16 AM (Answer #2)

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Act I, Scene 5 is where Romeo and Juliet meet and instantly fall in love. They also discover through the Nurse that each of them has fallen in love with their enemy. The two lovers go ahead and plan a life together in spite of this, showing how intense their love for each other is. This event sets the events of the play into motion.

It is also in this scene of Act I where Tybalt recognizes Romeo's voice at the Capulet party. Displaying his hot-headed temper, Tybalt wants to immediately get his sword and fight Romeo for daring to crash the party. Lord Capulet doesn't allow Tybalt to confront Romeo, so Tybalt swears vengeance on Romeo. This oath of revenge foreshadows Mercutio's death and Romeo's banishment. The fight between Mercutio and Tybalt leads to the fight between Romeo and Tybalt. As a result, Romeo is banished, and the two young people die tragically.

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revolution | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted July 26, 2009 at 10:24 PM (Answer #3)

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This is the part when the fatal couple- Romeo and Juliet met and they fell in love instantly. He had forgotten Rosaline- who he was head over heels and lovesick about her before and now, she was completely forgotten in his mind and he has found a new target- Juliet.

This is the part that the love cycle goes full circle and tragedy would arouse during these horrible times. The Morteague and the Capulet families are feuding over each other and Juliet, who is a Capulet had kissed Morteague, Romeo so the path of destruction and sadness had begun and there was no turning back

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