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Comment on Shakespeare's Stagecraft in Act 3, Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet

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Comment on Shakespeare's Stagecraft in Act 3, Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet. 'Romeo and Juliet', the romantic tragedy written by William Shakespeare in 1594-1595 is about two teenaged 'star-crossed lovers' from rival families falling in love, and ending up on their death bed together in a joint suicide. Act 3, Scene 5 is significant because it starts with Romeo and Juliet's last hours together then ends catastrophically with Juliet and her parents having an argument about the hand of marriage to Paris. It is important because it expresses Romeo and Juliet's infatuation with each other; Lord Capulet's rancour with Juliet's hesitation to marry Paris; The Nurse's and Juliet's relationship deteriorates during the end. ...read more.

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Romeo says 'goodbye' five times to show his reluctance to leave. Shakespeare uses the word 'kiss' to imply he is enamoured with Juliet. Romeo thinks the world of Juliet and displays perilous behaviour when he tells Juliet 'I have more care to stay than will to go' and 'Come death and welcome: Juliet wills it so.' This shows he is affectionate towards Juliet but he knows he has to leave. Shakespeare personifies death to stipulate to the audience that Romeo does not fear death. Romeo feels like the day is tearing their love apart. A quotation to support that is 'Look, love, what envious streaks/Do lace the severing clouds in yonder east' this personified citation shows the lovers feels that the world revolves around them. ...read more.

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Juliet contradicts herself after Romeo says 'Let's talk, it is not day' and claims he will die to stay with her hearing that she says 'It is, it is, hie hence be gone, away!/It is the lark that sings so out of tune, / straining harsh discords and unpleasing sharps,' this is because she wants him alive. This exemplifies Juliet's devotion to Romeo and her exaggeration of the lark's song shows she is negative to day breaking. Juliet is quite fatalistic because she says 'O think'st thou we shall ever meet again?' she is ambivalent that she will see Romeo again but Romeo is buoyant that he will see her again. This shows that their opposite views are mutually brought together by their love. ...read more.

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