How Does Shakespeare Interest the Audience in Act 1 Scene 5? Essay

434 WordsJul 15, 20132 Pages
Romeo and Juliet- Act 1 Scene 5 In Act 1 Scene 5 we witness the first encounter between Romeo and Juliet, and Shakespeare makes the entire scene interesting for the audience in several ways. As the audience had already seen Romeo with his friends, we know that he had been quite against coming to the party that they were gate-crashing, saying how he was too miserable because of Rosaline’s reproach towards him, and that the love he Romeo felt for her was stopping him from being with his friends. The audience would also learn at this point that Rosaline was actually a member of the Capulet family, and this creates another layer of irony because we know that inevitably Romeo and Juliet will meet and fall in love, meaning Romeo would once again encounter difficulties at ‘loving’ someone from the same, opposing family. However, as we have seen how pathetic Romeo acted previously with Mercutio and Benvolio, we would expect him to still be in the same morose state, but instead it would be of great interest and amusement to the audience that in fact Romeo’s miserable demeanour suddenly changed the moment he spots Juliet- another beautiful girl- and he suddenly perks up, and begins to shower Juliet in flowery words of devotion. As surprising as this is for someone who was supposedly ‘love-sick’ over another girl, it is even more amusing because of how it had taken him a few seconds of seeing Juliet before he began announcing his admiration of her. Maybe the audience would find this sweet of Romeo, if it was not for how Shakespeare uses the language that Romeo uses to make him sound over exaggerated and for that reason. We feel somewhat superior over Romeo because we realise that his intentions are not completely pure. We can see this in line 4 when Romeo says’ ‘My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss’ The whole line
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