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Romeo and Juliet Act 5, Scene 1

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Romeo and Juliet
Act 5, Scene 1 Thematic Significance Fate is Inevitable Light versus Darkness Rational Thinking versus Emotional Actions After, Balthasar, one of Romeo’s servants, appears and announces to Romeo that Juliet has died. Upon hearing this, Romeo curses the stars then asks if Balthasar has any word from Friar Lawrence. Balthasar tells Romeo that he does not have any news from the Friar. Romeo decides the only appropriate course of action is to travel back to Verona and commit suicide at Juliet’s grave. Romeo departs to Juliet’s grave with the poison. Romeo and Juliet are destined to die Romeo and Juliet’s love and happiness take place during the night, but it fades away as night gives way to day.
The daytime brings only sadness and reality. Romeo learns of Juliet’s death, vows to kill himself, and buys poison Summary: While exiled in Mantua, Romeo dreams that he dies. In the dream, Juliet sees Romeo dead, and she kisses him back to life. Daniel, Monique, Charan Paul, Amy, and Yasmin... He goes to an Apothecary, a seller of drugs, to buy lethal poison. At first the Apothecary, who is starving and begging, refuses to sell the poison to Romeo, but Romeo insists because of the high price he will pay to the poor Apothecary. "My poverty, but not my will, consents."
-Apothecary (5.1.75) Romeo hears Juliet is dead, and Balthasar says:  The Apothecary gives into his need for money He forsakes rational thinking and the law by selling Romeo the poison "I do beseech you, sir, have patience" Romeo vows to kill himself "I do beseech you, sir, have patience"
- Balthasar (5.1.27) Romeo tries to fight fate by running away from Mantua Unfortunately, that only fulfills the prophecy No word about Friar Lawrence’s plans reaches Romeo He does not know that Juliet’s death is false The Apothecary’s shop is open even though it is a holiday This scene is located after the climax, and is part of the falling action.It builds towards the resolution of Romeo and Juliet’s double suicide. Thematic and Dramatic Significance RATIONAL THINKING VERSUS EMOTIONAL ACTIONS The play’s events are caused mainly by emotional actions resulting in tragedy.... Romeo’s dream, which he dreamt at night, makes him very happy, but he becomes sad as day comes Development of Characters Romeo begins the scene happy due to his dream but quickly becomes sad, even suicidal, which is a repeat of how he reacts to his exile. This scene develops Romeo’s character further;he decides to suicide due to Juliet’s death, and then breaks the law by buying poison and leaving for Verona. Balthasar delivers the news of Juliet’s death Romeo, and then advises him to think on his actions and “have patience” (5.1.27). Those actions make Balthasar seem loyal and rational.
The Apothecary is reluctant to sell the poison to Romeo because it is illegal, but he is swayed by Romeo’s gold. This shows the Apothecary wants to be lawful but has no choice.
Important Literary Devices: Dramatic Irony-The audience knows Juliet is alive, but Romeo does not. Situational Irony-Romeo’s dream is the opposite of what happens in Act 5, Scene 3; Juliet kisses him, and they both die. Foreshadowing-Romeo dreams that Juliet finds him dead which comes true in Act 5, Scene 3. Symbol, Tone, Mood-Romeo curses the stars, which represent his fate. This sets the angry tone and mood for the rest of the scene. Imagery-Romeo describes the poor condition of the Apothecary’s dwelling at length. Metaphor-Romeo compares the poison to a violent firearm. Verbal Irony-Romeo calls his poison “cordial” and “not poison”. Our Interpretation... There are many things you can do with play Romeo and Juliet. It can be changed up and interpretedin as many different ways as the group sees fit. We thought it would be best to keep the Shakespearean language, so no alterations were made to the speech.However, our acting of the scene is not Shakespearean; it is modern.To add a unique and memorable style to our scene, the clothes and scenery of the play are modernized. In other words, our group will be wearing contemporary clothes as theircorresponding characters would have. The background scenery is also updatedwith buildings and roads. Since the lines in this scene are unevenly distributed, we decided to create two new characters. In this scene Balthasar notifies Romeo that Juliet is dead, and he goes to visit the apothecary. To make sure everyone had a role to play, we added in two characters.One characteris with Balthasar delivering the news to Romeo, and the other is a friend of the Apothecary. This is our interpretation of Romeo and Juliet Act 5,Scene 1. The End
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