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Act 3 Scene 5, how does Shakespeare increase the audience's awareness ofJuliet's position in the his play "Romeo and Juliet"?

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Craig Anderson Act 3 Scene 5, how does 15th March 2003 Shakespeare increase the audience's awareness of Juliet's position in the his play "Romeo and Juliet"? "Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare, portrays 'a pair of star crossed lovers that take their life Doth with their death bury their parents strife.' Shakespeare manages to set the scene of the greatest love story ever told, and reveals a romance discovered in Italy that concerns two feuding families (the Capulets and the Montagues) and two members of which that fall madly in love with each other. 'Romeo and Juliet' is set over a five-day period, starting Sunday morning and ending Thursday morning. In those five days numerous events had occurred and the interpretation of particular characters change. Act 3 Scene 5 is a pivotal scene in the play as Juliet has already defied her parents by marrying a Montague. The interpretation of Juliet from the start of the play is that she is an obedient young girl, although as the play progresses the audience becomes aware that she is a growing woman who will persist until she gets what she wants. The Scene begins with Romeo and Juliet arguing about the fact that it is day. Juliet believes it is still night and the light coming through the windows is from the moon. Juliet doesn't want Romeo to leave, though as the darkness of the light changes into the light of the day, the probability that he may be caught and killed for entry of the opposing house's property increases (the feud between their houses). "Will thou be gone? It is not yet near day: It was the nightingale, and not the lark, that pierced the fearful hallow of thine ear." However, Romeo feels quite differently and wishes to go, but after some time he changes his mind and reveals that he would much rather stay and be killed merely to spend extra time with his wife possibly because their future is uncertain due to Juliet's arranged marriage and Romeo's banishment. ...read more.


This betrayal is another shock to the audience; one of the last allies has changed sides it seems. Now the audience is waiting to find out what Juliet will do now her whole family is against her. They are confused and perhaps worried that Juliet seems to agree with the Nurse and thanks her. The scene ends with a second soliloquy from Juliet. This gives an insight to exactly what Juliet is thinking. Through the scene her discussions have been full of puns and lies. These soliloquies give her true feelings. This makes the audience to feel in touch with Juliet and helps to relate to her. Again Juliet says she shall commit suicide. She also shows that she is ashamed of the Nurse and even curses her. She is very upset and leaves the audience is suspense as they wonder what she will do if there is no way out. What will happen next? Xcql from Xcql coursewrok Xcql work Xcql info Xcql cocc ccr seccccw orcc cck incc focc cc; Shakespeare uses a lot of dramatic irony and puns to build tension within the audience. It is a scene full of irony. There are numerous chances for characters to change the course of the whole play for the better but they do not. This irony is what makes this a brilliant scene. The audience is forever in tension and on edge. Combined with the sudden changes in atmosphere it forms the perfect cliffhanger scene for the play. ffra. Thus, we can say that whilst this represents a progression, in the end we have come no closer to any "real" knowledge. Shakespeare uses the dialogue to great effect to bring the characters to life and build up atmosphere through out the scene. At the start of the scene Romeo has not yet departed and as the sun is rising the couple must say their farewells. ...read more.


Now she must turn to the closest person she has ever had, her nurse. The Nurse is their servant, and is told what to do, and to a degree what to think. The Nurse does her best to try to change her mind, but she knows that Juliet is not going to be shifted. The Nurse agrees with Juliet's parents, "O, he's a lovely gentleman! Romeo's a dishclout to him." Juliet now realises that there is no point staying in the house. Her parents have disowned her, and the Nurse can offer her no comfort. Some may say she is being spoilt and ignorant, however based on the evidence suggested by the text, the audience is likely to feel sympathy for the girl and her plight. There is one final person she can possibly go to, Friar Lawrence. "I'll to the Friar to know his remedy; If all else fail, myself have power to die." As the scene closes, the audience can sense the oncoming tragedy, which has been building up to this point. It seems that Juliet's position is only going to get worse as it does. In this scene, how does Shakespeare increase the audience's awareness of Juliet's position. Firstly, Juliet has to deal with a lot at such a young age, and in very difficult circumstances. Her husband has been exiled, and can only see him at night. Her parents have dropped on her the proposition to marry the County Paris, or to be disowned penniless. She knows she cannot as she has no feelings for him, as well as her marriage to Romeo. Her Nurse, who she has trusted for many years can offer her no comfort, and she must seek the help of the Friar as her last resort. If all else fails, she will take her own life. Shakespeare has made the audience very aware of her position in both the audiences' eyes and the eyes of the other characters. He has done this through her reactions to events that have happened, as well as the language used in her relationship with other characters. James Preston 29.1.03 ...read more.

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