Romeo and Juliet Analytical Exposition.

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Romeo and Juliet Scene Analysis Exemplar Act 5 Scene 1 – Romeo hears of Juliet’s ‘death’. Romeo and Juliet was written by William Shakespeare in 1594. The play tells the story of two star-crossed lovers, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. The Montague family and the Capulet family have a long running feud, which ultimately results in the untimely deaths of both Romeo and Juliet. It is these deaths, and the fact that they could have been avoided, which make Romeo and Juliet a true tragedy. The plot of Act 5, Scene 1 constructs the play as a true tragedy. At the beginning of the scene Romeo is in exile in Mantua where he gives a description of a pleasant dream he had where the kiss of Juliet saves him from death. “And all this day an unaccustomed spirit/Lifts me above the ground with cheerful thoughts.” (5.1, 4-5) Romeo is clearly still happy after his marriage to Juliet, despite the events that led to his exile. This happiness is sharply contrasted to the sadness and anger that takes over, when Balthasar tells Romeo of Juliet’s death. The true tragedy is that the reader knows Friar Lawrence sent a message to Romeo telling him of Juliet’s fake death and that Romeo had not yet received the news. Balthasar’s news results in Romeo immediately buying poison and rushing to Verona with the intent of dying beside Juliet. “A dram of poison; such soon-speeding gear/As will disperse itself through all the veins/That the life-weary taker may fall dead” (5.1, 63-65). It is through all of these errors and mistakes that the plot of Act 5, Scene 1 helps to make Romeo and Juliet a true tragedy. The characters in Act 5, Scene 1, and the way they act contribute to making Romeo and Juliet a tragedy. In the scene, Romeo is hasty and impetuous. His refusal to listen to others and his running to the apothecary seals Romeo’s fate and brings on the final tragedy of the
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