In Romeo and Juliet, Act 1, scene 5, how is the end of the scene romantic and dramatic?  

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In this scene, Romeo and Juliet see each other for the first time and fall in love. Romeo first professes his desire for Juliet by comparing her to a "rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear" and proceeds to introduce himself. When the two characters briefly meet for the first time, they exchange kisses in a romantic moment. After Juliet leaves, the Nurse tells Romeo that Juliet is a Capulet. Romeo is immediately filled with anguish when he receives this news, because the Capulets are his sworn enemies. Juliet shares the same reaction when she learns that Romeo is a Montague. The ending of the scene is both romantic and dramatic because the audience realizes that in order for Romeo and Juliet's love to blossom, they must overcome extreme obstacles. The fact that both lovers come from feuding families creates drama. Their undeniable attraction and immediate interest in each other also add an element of romance to the scene. By juxtaposing love with adversity, Shakespeare creates romance and drama at the end of Act One, Scene 5. 

dneshan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Act 1, scene 5 of "Romeo and Juliet" is the scene where the two meet and fall in love for the very first time at the Capulet's party. The main reason why this scene is romantic is because of the language that is spoken between the two lovers; Romeo tells Juliet how beautiful she is and requests one kiss after another from her while Juliet seems to be falling head over heels because of the way that he is speaking to her. At the same time, this scene can be considered dramatic (or tragic) because we know, as do the characters through the Nurse, that Romeo and Juliet come from two families who have an "ancient grudge" and their love (or marriage) would never be accepted by their families.