Summary of Act 1, Scene 5 (2023)

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  • And Servingmen come forth with napkins. Musicians waiting:
    At Capulet's house, Romeo and his friends enter as preparations are being made for the dancing. The musicians are tuning up, and the servants are hurrying to clear away the remains of the feast.
  • Enter Capulet, all the Guests and Gentlewomen to the Maskers:
    Capulet enters, greets the masked strangers, and invites them to dance. Romeo sees Juliet and says to himself that this is the first time he's seen true beauty. Tybalt recognizes Romeo as a Montague and sends for his sword, but Capulet orders Tybalt to do nothing. Saying that he'll make Romeo pay, Tybalt leaves.
  • Exit Tybalt:
    Romeo holds Juliet's hand, and begs a kiss, which she gives him. They kiss again, and then both are called away. As everyone is leaving, they each learn the name of the other, and they each exclaim upon the fate that has made each fall in love with his/her enemy.

And Servingmen come forth with napkins. Musicians waiting:
The transition between the previous scene and this one demonstrates the advantages of


having scenery. At the end of the previous scene Benvolio led his friends around the stage; at the same time two of Capulet's servants came in, and now we hear them complaining about another one: "Where's Potpan, that he helps not to take away?" (1.5.1). They are hurriedly taking away the supper things while the Musicians come in and tune up. Thus we move effortlessly from the outside of Capulet's house to the inside, and we know that Benvolio, Romeo, Mercutio, and their friends have entered just after the supper is over and the dancing is about to begin.

The servant's bustle also picks up the pace of the play. They are in a hurry, and there's a sense that everything is speeding up. The First Servant reminds the second that the stools, the sideboard, and the dishes all need to be removed, then adds, "Good thou, save me a piece of marchpane [almond candy]; and, as thou lovest me, let the porter let in Susan Grindstone and Nell" (1.5.7-9). He wants to be done quickly, because he has a little party of his own planned. He again calls for help, and Antony and Potpan appear. Then they all leave to finish up their work. Potpan has the exit line: "Cheerly, boys; be brisk awhile, and the longer liver take all" (1.5.14-15). "The longer liver takes all" is a proverb meaning that you ought to enjoy life while it lasts. Potpan is reminding the rest that there's not much more cleaning-up to do; if they're brisk they'll have it done and then they'll have a good time.

Enter Capulet, all the Guests and Gentlewomen to the Maskers:
While the servants are still bustling about, the man of the house appears, followed by his kin and guests. The stage direction says that they come "to the Maskers," which lets us know that Capulet is speaking to Romeo's company when he says, "Welcome, gentlemen! ladies that have their toes / Unplagued with corns will walk a bout with you" (1.5.16-17). To "walk a bout" is to dance a turn, and Capulet is making sure that these strangers in masks feel welcome. He urges the ladies on by joking that if any of them hang back he will swear that they have corns. Apparently the sight of the maskers summons up fond memories for Capulet. He says, "I have seen the day / That I have worn a visor and could tell / A whispering tale in a fair lady's ear, / Such as would please: 'tis gone, 'tis gone, 'tis gone" (1.5.21-24). Capulet, when he was young, also put on a mask, crashed a party, danced a turn, and flirted. Now that time is gone, but he's happy to see these young men doing as he did in his youth. He orders the musicians to play, and the dancing begins.

As his friends dance, Romeo watches, and we watch for the moment when he and Juliet will meet. Meanwhile, Capulet gives some orders to the servants and talks with Second Capulet, a cousin of his, saying, "Ah, sirrah, this unlook'd-for sport comes well" (1.5.29). The "unlook'd-for sport" is the arrival of Romeo and his companions. The two old men then sit and talk about how old they are. Capulet asks his cousin how long it's been since the two of them were maskers. The cousin says it's thirty years, but Capulet says he can't believe it because they wore masks at a wedding twenty-five years ago, but the cousin answers that the son of that man who got married is now thirty years old. Capulet says no, that's not possible, because the son was a minor just two years ago. This is the sort of conversation that can go on for a long time, but luckily we don't have to hear any more of it. Instead, we now hear Romeo ask a servant about Juliet.

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(By the way... Where's Rosaline? And where's Paris? Not at the feast. Benvolio challenged Romeo to go to the feast and compare Rosaline with the other beautiful ladies. And Lady Capulet told Juliet to go to the feast, look at Paris, and see what a wonderful husband he would be for her. So both Romeo and Juliet go to the feast looking for someone to love and find each other. It's love at first sight for both of them, and Shakespeare doesn't confuse the issue by giving them a chance to make comparisons.)

"What lady is that, which doth enrich the hand / Of yonder knight?" (1.5.41-42), Romeo asks, and the servant says he doesn't know. (It may seem a little odd that a Capulet servant couldn't identify Juliet, but perhaps the servant has his mind on other things, such as Susan Grindstone.) It doesn't really matter who she is, because Romeo is already in love. "O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!" (1.5.44), he says, meaning both that her beauty is brighter than the blaze of any torch and that her presence makes the whole room light up. He says a few more things about how beautiful she is, then makes his plan. When the dance is over, he will note where she is, then make his way to her and touch her hand. This plan is very bold, and he has put aside all of his melancholy ideas about always being a loser in the game of love. He says, "Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! / For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night" (1.5.52-53).

Now Shakespeare's camera angle shifts, and we see Tybalt as he overhears Romeo. Tybalt says,

This, by his voice, should be a Montague.Fetch me my rapier, boy. What dares the slaveCome hither, cover'd with an antic face,To fleer and scorn at our solemnity?Now, by the stock and honor of my kin,To strike him dead, I hold it not a sin.(1.5.54-59)

This speech raises a question that probably can't be answered: How can Tybalt tell that Romeo is a Montague "by his voice"? Do the Montagues all talk funny? Maybe Shakespeare just threw that in because at this moment Romeo is wearing a mask, which is what "cover'd with an antic face" must refer to. As for the rest of the speech, it shows us Tybalt's arrogance. As soon as he identifies a Montague he sends his "boy" for his sword and justifies his intended murder by the "honor of my kin."

Tybalt's arrogance quickly meets its match. Capulet sees the anger on Tybalt's face and sees (but probably does not hear) him talking. He asks Tybalt, "Why, how now, kinsman! wherefore storm you so?" (1.5.60). Tybalt points to Romeo and tells Capulet that he is a Montague who has "come in spite, / To scorn at our solemnity this night" (1.5.62-63). Capulet looks where Tybalt is pointing and calmly asks if it's Romeo. Tybalt says it is, and that he's a villain. (Apparently Romeo has now removed his mask.) Capulet then politely tries to talk some sense into Tybalt, saying, "Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone; / He bears him like a portly gentleman" (1.5.65-66). "Portly" does not mean "fat," but well-mannered, deserving of respect. And when Capulet calls Tybalt "gentle coz" he's asking Tybalt to be well-mannered, too. "Gentle" has the meaning that it retains in the word "gentleman," and "coz" is short and friendly for "cousin." ("Cousin" was a word that covered a lot of ground, including "nephew," which is what Tybalt is to Lady Capulet.)

Despite Capulet's friendly words of wisdom, Tybalt is still angry, so Capulet makes a personal appeal, saying that Romeo has a good reputation throughout Verona, so that "I would not for the wealth of all the town / Here in my house do him disparagement"(1.5.70). What happens "Here in my house" is very important to Capulet; he doesn't want Tybalt to make any embarrassing trouble.

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However, Tybalt doesn't seem to be responding, so Capulet turns up the heat. He tells Tybalt that even if he can't stand Romeo, he needs to wipe the frown off his face, out of respect for Capulet: "It is my will, the which if thou respect, / Show a fair presence and put off these frowns, / An ill-beseeming semblance for a feast"(1.5.72-74). Tybalt responds, "It fits, when such a villain is a guest: I'll not endure him"(1.5.75-76). Tybalt's "It fits" is his response to Capulet's statement that Tybalt's frowns make "An ill-beseeming semblance for a feast." Tybalt means that his frowns fit the occasion because Romeo is a villain.

Tybalt is so arrogant and self-centered that he's forgotten whom he's dealing with and where he is. He's contradicting the master of the house and saying "I'll not endure him" just as though he owned the place. This earns him a humiliating tongue-lashing from Capulet, starting with "He shall be endured: / What, goodman boy! I say, he shall: go to; / Am I the master here, or you? go to" (1.5.76-78). "Go to" is a phrase that was as common as "go on" is now, and, like "go on," it could mean everything from "I don't believe it" to "get out of my face." Capulet has given up on giving friendly advice and is now sputtering with anger. He calls Tybalt "boy" and mocks him and sneers "you'll be the man!" (1.5.81). Tybalt is apparently surprised by Capulet's anger, and says, "Why, uncle, 'tis a shame" (1.5.82), but now it's too late to say anything to the old man, who makes threats and takes the whole thing very personally, growling, "This trick may chance to scathe you. I know what: / You must contrary me!" (1.5.84-85).

Not only is Capulet very angry, but he tries to cover the embarrassment of the moment by calling out to his guests, "What, cheerly, my hearts!" (1.5.88), as though he were perfectly happy. Tybalt's only choice is to shut up and leave, which he does, but not before making a promise to himself that Romeo will pay. He says, "I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall / Now seeming sweet convert to bitter gall" (1.5.91-92).

Exit Tybalt:
With Tybalt's threat still echoing in our ears, we now see Romeo holding Juliet's hand and wittily offering to kiss it. He says, If I profane with my unworthiest hand / This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this: / My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand / To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss" (1.5.93-96). To us, Romeo may sound impossibly sappy, but he's not. The popular love poetry of the time (before MTV) often portrayed the lover as one who worshipped his beloved with religious devotion. Romeo is having fun with that idea by offering to pay the penalty ("fine") for touching Juliet's hand ("this holy shrine") by kissing it.

Juliet willingly joins in Romeo's game. Showing her own wit, she tells him that there's nothing wrong with his hand and that he's showing proper devotion by holding her hand—a kiss is not required. She adds, For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch, / And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss" (1.5.99-100), meaning that it's allowed to touch the hand of a saint, and that the touch of pilgrims' ("palmers'") hands is in itself holy kissing.

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Not discouraged by this (and who would be?), Romeo asks if it's true that both saints and pilgrims have lips. Juliet replies, "Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer." (1.5.102). This means that saints and pilgrims must use their lips to pray, which sounds like a no-kissing statement, but "pray" also meant "ask for," which is a hint that if Romeo wants a kiss, he's going to have to actually ask for it.

Romeo catches the hint and makes his prayer: "O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do; / They pray -- grant thou, lest faith turn to despair"(1.5.103-104). He's asking for permission to let his lips pray and kiss. He's also saying that if she doesn't grant his prayer, she won't be fulfilling her duties as a saint, because saints are supposed to make faith stronger, not make it turn into despair.

Juliet, playing her role as saint in this love-game, points out that "Saints do not move, though grant for prayers' sake" (1.5.105). In other words, saints don't make requests ("move"), but they do grant requests when they are prayed to. In other other words: "Come and get it."

They kiss, and Romeo expresses his happiness: "Thus from my lips, by yours, my sin is purged" (1.5.107), meaning that the kiss of his saint has cleansed him of sin. This gives Juliet an opportunity to tease him into another kiss. She says that if her lips have taken away his sin then her lips must now have his sin. Romeo knows that that couldn't be right, so he takes his sin back with another kiss.

Juliet, probably laughing, says, "You kiss by the book" (1.5.110). To do something "by the book," is to do it according to the rules, and she is suggesting that Romeo is very good at interpreting the rules in a way which results in a kiss.

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This whole love-game, including the kisses, takes only about a minute, and then the young lovers are parted. The Nurse appears with the news that Juliet's mother wants to speak with her. Juliet obediently turns away, and Romeo asks the Nurse who Juliet's mother is. The Nurse informs him that her mother is the lady of the house, and that she herself is Juliet's nurse, and that "he that can lay hold of her / Shall have the chinks" (1.5.116-117). "The chinks" are coins that make a chinking sound, so the Nurse means that the husband of Juliet, only heir to a rich man, will make her husband rich. (In addition, to "have the chinks" is to be in that state of wheezing and gasping that comes when you are laughing so hard that you need to stop, but can't, so the Nurse, in her bawdy way, may also be suggesting that Juliet's husband will have a really good time with her in bed.) However, upon learning that Juliet is a Capulet, Romeo shows that he doesn't care about Juliet's money. He exclaims, "O dear account! my life is my foe's debt" (1.5.118). Because he is in love, he now owes his very life to Juliet, and she (as a Capulet) is his foe.

Suddenly Benvolio comes to tell Romeo that it's time for them to go. On the their way out, Capulet tries to get the strangers to stay by offering them some food, but in a moment they're gone, so Capulet heads for bed, leaving Juliet and the Nurse alone as the last guests go out. Juliet asks the Nurse who the various guests are; she wants to know who her new love is, but to hide her intentions from the Nurse, she asks about two others first. The Nurse knows who the first two are, but not the third, so Juliet sends her to learn his name. As the Nurse chases after Romeo, Juliet says, "If he be married. / My grave is like to be my wedding bed" (1.5.134-135) . She means that if Romeo is married, she will die unmarried, because she will never marry another, but she is also unkowningly foreshadowing her fate, in which her grave does become her wedding bed.

The Nurse quickly returns with the news that the one who Juliet asked about is Romeo and a Montague. Juliet exclaims, "My only love sprung from my only hate! / Too early seen unknown, and known too late! / Prodigious [ominous] birth of love it is to me, / That I must love a loathed enemy" (1.5.138-141). "Too early seen unkown, and known too late" suggests that if Juliet had known Romeo to be a Montague she wouldn't have fallen in love with him, but now it's "too late." She feels, like Romeo does, that love is once and forever, and they both fear the consequences of their love, but without any thought of changing their minds or hearts.

The Nurse asks Juliet what she's saying, and Juliet lies, saying it's just a rhyme she heard from a dance partner. Then someone calls for Juliet, and she and the Nurse hurry away, ending the scene.


What happens in Act 1 Scene 5 summarize? ›

Act 1, scene 5 Capulet welcomes the disguised Romeo and his friends. Romeo, watching the dance, is caught by the beauty of Juliet. Overhearing Romeo ask about her, Tybalt recognizes his voice and is enraged at the intrusion. Romeo then meets Juliet, and they fall in love.

What happens in Act 1 Scene 5 in one sentence? ›

Act 1, Scene 5

Summary: Alone, Lady Macbeth reads a letter from her husband aloud. Like a good spouse, he tells her everything—including the witches' prophecy—and she's worried Macbeth doesn't have it in him to actually kill the king.

What is the main conflict in Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 5? ›

As Romeo and Juliet realize each other's identity, they're both stricken with grief. They have fallen in love fast and hard but know that the feud between their families means that there will be serious obstacles to their desire to be together.

What is the structure of Act 1 Scene 5? ›

Structure of Act I Scene 5 Sonnet

It made up of three quatrains, or sets of four lines, and one concluding couplet, or set of two rhyming lines. The poem follows a consistent rhyme scheme that conforms to the pattern of ABAB CDCD EFEF GG and it is written in iambic pentameter.

What is the main theme explored in Act 1 Scene 5? ›

Macbeth is still struggling against his ambition. Lady Macbeth's advice on how to hide one's true intentions involves exploiting nature.

How does Romeo feel about love in Act 1 Scene 5? ›

Although Romeo begins to talk about love more positively when he falls in love with Juliet at first sight, he still employs words that carry a negative connotation. For example, when he takes her hand for the first time, he refers to his hand as a “rough touch” that he wants to smooth over with a “tender kiss.”

Where does act 1 Scene 5 take place? ›

Summary. In the great hall of the Capulets, all is a-bustle. The servants work feverishly to make sure all runs smoothly, and they set aside some food to make sure they have some enjoyment of the feast as well. Capulet makes his rounds through groups of guests, joking with them and encouraging all to dance.

What is the importance of act 5 Scene 1? ›

Summary and Analysis Act V: Scene 1

Lady Macbeth has gone mad. Like her husband, she cannot find any rest, but she is suffering more clearly from a psychological disorder that causes her, as she sleepwalks, to recall fragments of the events of the murders of Duncan, Banquo, and Lady Macduff.

How is ambition shown in act 1 Scene 5? ›

Summary: Act 1: Scene 5

The letter announces Macbeth's promotion to the thaneship of Cawdor and details his meeting with the witches. Lady Macbeth murmurs that she knows Macbeth is ambitious, but fears he is too full of “th' milk of human kindness” to take the steps necessary to make himself king (1.5.

What does Romeo say in Act 1 Scene 5? ›

My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late!

Why is Act 1 Scene 5 important in Romeo and Juliet? ›

The Dramatic Significance of Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet This scene is very important to the whole play of " Romeo and Juliet." Mainly because its where Romeo and Juliet first meet and fall in love, we also see tybalts anger which shows us the obstacles that will become a problem in Romeo and Juliet's ...

What does Act 5 Scene 1 argue Romeo and Juliet? ›

Summary: Act 5, scene 1

Romeo comments that nothing can be ill in the world if Juliet is well. Balthasar replies that nothing can be ill, then, for Juliet is well: she is in heaven, found dead that morning at her home. Thunderstruck, Romeo cries out, “Then I defy you, stars” (5.1.

What is the 5 act structure summary? ›

The five-act structure is a formula that breaks a story into distinct sections: the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. With roots in Aristotle's Poetics and Horace's Ars Poetic, the five-act structure is a valuable tool for screenwriters working on movies or TV pilots.

What are the servants doing as the scene opens Act 1 Scene 5? ›

Act 1 Scene 5

The servants in the Capulet household are getting ready for the ball before Capulet welcomes all the guests. Tybalt sees Romeo and is offended by his presence at the ball claiming 'I'll not endure him' and viewing his presence as an insult.

What mood is created in Act 5 Scene 1? ›

Lady Macbeth's sanity 'broke' by great emotional pressure from the guilt she repressed and she has gone mad so the mood was an explosive dramatic mood since the speech used strong verbs and strong imagery inviting the reader to build a certain tension while reading it.

Who are the characters in Act 1 Scene 5? ›

Enter Capulet, Lady Capulet, Old Capulet, Juliet, Tybalt, Nurse, Servingmen, and all the Guests and Gentlewomen to the Maskers. Music plays, and they dance.

What motivates the characters in Act 1 Scene 5? ›

Juliet - Juliet is a dynamic character in this scene because she falls in love with Romeo. At this time she will soon be married to Paris, but she is motivated to try to stall as long as she can. She then sees Romeo and is lovestruck. She is motivated to know him and be with him now.

Why is Act 5 Scene 5 important? ›

Act 5, scene 5 Macbeth is confident that he can withstand any siege from Malcolm's forces. He is then told of Lady Macbeth's death and of the apparent movement of Birnam Wood toward Dunsinane Castle, where he waits. He desperately resolves to abandon the castle and give battle to Malcolm in the field.

Where is Romeo in Act 5 Scene 1 and why? ›

Act 5, Scene 1

Summary: In exile, Romeo wakes up after having a dream in which he dies and is kissed back to life by Juliet. His confidante, Bathalsar, arrives to tell him the sad news: Juliet is dead (Balthasar is not in on Juliet's plan). Devastated, he decides to head back to Verona immediately.

Why does Romeo use religious imagery in Act 1 Scene 5? ›

In using religious language to describe their burgeoning feelings for each other, Romeo and Juliet tiptoe on the edge of blasphemy. Romeo compares Juliet to an image of a saint that should be revered, a role that Juliet is willing to play.

How does Romeo feel at the beginning of Act 5 Scene 1? ›

Romeo and Juliet Act 5, Scene 1 begins with Romeo in Mantua. At the opening of the scene, Romeo is rejoicing in a wonderful dream that he had.

Where is Romeo in the beginning of Act 5? ›

Answer and Explanation: In Act 5 of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is in Mantua awaiting Balthasar and news from the friar. He's feeling good at this point having just awakened from a dream where he dies and Juliet brings him back to life with a kiss.

Why is Tybalt angry in Act 1 Scene 5? ›

Tybalt agrees to leave Romeo alone, but is really angry that his uncle sided with Romeo.

What is the figurative language in Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

Figurative language- she stands out and has the power over a flame. "It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear." Juliet represents the morning. Personification- she makes the night beautiful but her beauty is associated with sunrise and morning.

Why is Act 5 Scene 1 written in prose? ›

In both cases, the use of prose rather than verse lessens the gap between the audience and the actors. Since both scenes take place right before moments of violence, the creation of a relatable atmosphere heightens the impact and juxtaposition when the audience is plunged back into a world of mayhem.

Why is Act 1 Scene 5 important in Twelfth Night? ›

Viola confides to the audience that she loves Orsino herself. Act 1, scene 5 Viola, in her disguise as Cesario, appears at Olivia's estate. Olivia allows Cesario to speak with her privately about Orsino's love. As Cesario presents Orsino's love-suit, Olivia falls in love with Cesario.

Where does Act 5 Scene 1 take place in Merchant of Venice? ›

In moonlit Belmont, Jessica and Lorenzo compare themselves to famous lovers from classical literature, like Troilus and Cressida, Pyramus and Thisbe, and Dido and Aeneas. The couple goes back and forth with endless declarations of love, when a messenger suddenly interrupts them.

Whose downfall do we see in Act 5 Scene 1? ›

Summary: Act 5: Scene 1

Suddenly, Lady Macbeth enters in a trance with a candle in her hand. Bemoaning the murders of Lady Macduff and Banquo, she seems to see blood on her hands and claims that nothing will ever wash it off. She leaves, and the doctor and gentlewoman marvel at her descent into madness.

What does Lady Macbeth think of her husband in Act 1 Scene 5? ›

'' Lady Macbeth thinks her husband is too soft-hearted to do what he must to become king. She the goes on to explain. ''Thou wouldst be great; Art not with ambition, but without The illness should attend it.

What does unsex me here mean? ›

(Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 5) In Act 1 of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, sensing her husband's shaky resolve in committing murder to secure the crown of Scotland, asks spirits to “unsex” her ‑ to take away the “weaknesses” associated with being female.

How is Romeo impulsive in Act 1 Scene 5? ›

Firstly impulsive behaviour surrounding love is a cause for tragedy in Romeo and Juliet. Romeo's decision to go to the Capulet's party in Act 1 Scene 5 leads to him falling in love with Juliet and thus setting their fated tragedy in motion.

What happened in Act 1 Scene 5 of Hamlet? ›

Act 1 scene 5

The ghost tells Hamlet how he was murdered by his brother, Claudius. He reveals that Claudius poured poison in his ear while he was asleep and managed to seduce Gertrude. He instructs Hamlet to 'Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder'.

What happened in Act 1 Scene 5 of Macbeth? ›

Act 1 Scene 5

Lady Macbeth reads a letter from her husband about his encounter with the witches. She fears that her husband is 'too full o'th'milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way' of achieving the throne. She wants him to come home quickly so that she can 'pour' her words of ambition into his ears.

What is the summary of Act 5 in Romeo and Juliet? ›

Juliet sees Romeo dead beside her, and surmises from the empty vial that he has drunk poison. Hoping she might die by the same poison, Juliet kisses his lips, but to no avail. Hearing the approaching watch, Juliet unsheathes Romeo's dagger and, saying, “O happy dagger, / This is thy sheath,” stabs herself (5.3.

What does Romeo think of Juliet at first Act 1 Scene 5? ›

What does Romeo think of Juliet first time he sees her? She's the most beautiful girl in the world. How does Typalt recognize Romeo? He recognizes (when you know remember someone that you know) Romeo by his voice.

How many pages is act 1? ›

Most agree that screenplays typically have three acts, or parts, basically a beginning, a middle, and an end. Act 1 is about 30 pages and introduces the story.

How many scenes are in an act? ›

An act may have five scenes, or three scenes, or only one. However, two to three scenes per act is common. Scenes usually change from one to the next when there is a change in setting or the focus of the play's story changes to a new set of characters.

What is the difference between 3 and 5 acts? ›

Simply put, the five-act structure is a breakdown of the story in more detail. A three-act structure will put the story into a distinct beginning, middle and end. A five-act structure is more about the rising tide and fall of drama, the flow of the story and the best way to represent change in your characters.

What does Juliet promise at the end of Act 1 Scene 5? ›

Juliet's promise

Juliet promises her mother, Lady Capulet, and her nurse that she will 'look to like' Paris when she meets him at the ball.

How old is Juliet in Act 1? ›

Paris then inquires if Capulet has considered his "suit"—Paris wishes to marry Capulet's daughter, Juliet. However, Capulet thinks 13-year-old Juliet is too young for marriage. He tells Paris that he may only wed Juliet if she agrees to the union.

How old is Romeo in Romeo and Juliet? ›

However, in the English poem the story is based on (Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke) Juliet is approaching her sixteenth birthday and Romeo is the same age whereas in the Bandello novella she is nearly eighteen with Romeo about twenty.

How is sleep used as a motif in Scene 1 Act 5? ›

Sleep is supposed to be something that allows a person to heal their mind after a long day of thoughts and experiences, however Lady Macbeth has been stripped of this privilege. She is now suffering sleeplessness, and the few moments that she does sleep she will be thinking about the murder.

What is the importance of Act 5 Scene 1? ›

Summary and Analysis Act V: Scene 1

Lady Macbeth has gone mad. Like her husband, she cannot find any rest, but she is suffering more clearly from a psychological disorder that causes her, as she sleepwalks, to recall fragments of the events of the murders of Duncan, Banquo, and Lady Macduff.

What happens in Act 1 Scene 1 5 Romeo and Juliet? ›

The scene is set by presenting his two young protagonists as the victims of fate whose lives are marred from the outset by the feud between their families: "From forth the fatal loins of these two foes / A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life." These lovers will mend the quarrel between their families by dying.

Why is Act 1 Scene 5 so significant to the plot of this play? ›

The Dramatic Significance of Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet This scene is very important to the whole play of " Romeo and Juliet." Mainly because its where Romeo and Juliet first meet and fall in love, we also see tybalts anger which shows us the obstacles that will become a problem in Romeo and Juliet's ...

What is the dramatic purpose of Act 5 Scene 1? ›

Creative Intentions and Dramatic Purposes. To rouse or stir up strong feelings or thoughts by forcing the audience to think and respond to a performance.

Where does Act 1 Scene 5 take place? ›

Summary. In the great hall of the Capulets, all is a-bustle. The servants work feverishly to make sure all runs smoothly, and they set aside some food to make sure they have some enjoyment of the feast as well. Capulet makes his rounds through groups of guests, joking with them and encouraging all to dance.

Where does Act 5 Scene 1 begin? ›

Summary: Act 5, scene 1

On Wednesday morning, on a street in Mantua, a cheerful Romeo describes a wonderful dream he had the night before: Juliet found him lying dead, but she kissed him, and breathed new life into his body.

How does Romeo act in Act 1 Scene 5? ›

Act 1, Scene 5

Romeo quickly spots Juliet and is captivated. At the same time, Tybalt spots Romeo and recognizes him as a Montague. He points him out to Capulet, who tells Tybalt to let it go—tonight is not the night for fighting. Romeo, meanwhile, woos Juliet, and the two share a kiss.

What are the character traits of Juliet in Act 1 Scene 5? ›

Character Analysis

Juliet - Juliet is a dynamic character in this scene because she falls in love with Romeo. At this time she will soon be married to Paris, but she is motivated to try to stall as long as she can. She then sees Romeo and is lovestruck. She is motivated to know him and be with him now.

How does Shakespeare make Act 1 Scene 5 dramatic? ›

Shakespeare creates tension in Act 1 Scene 5 by making Romeo, who is a Montague go to a Capulet party. This here creates drama as the two families are enemies so this makes the audience wonder what is going to happen next.

What is the significance of Act 5 Scene 2? ›

Act 5, scene 2 In the hall of the castle, Hamlet tells Horatio how he discovered the king's plot against him and how he turned the tables on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Osric enters to ask, on Claudius's behalf, that Hamlet fence with Laertes. Hamlet agrees to the contest, despite his misgivings.


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