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Describe and explain how Shakespeare chose to craft the scenes Act 4 Scene 3 - Act 5 Scene 1 in "Romeo and Juliet

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Claire Cram 10x1 English Assignment 23rd February 2004 Describe and explain how Shakespeare chose to craft the scenes Act 4 Scene 3 - Act 5 Scene 1 in "Romeo and Juliet", and the effect that this is likely to have on their performance. The Scenes Act 4 Scene 3 - Act 5 Scene 1 in "Romeo and Juliet" can be performed in a variety of different ways. However the way in which Shakespeare wrote the play and the literary devices that he used within the play such as imagery, characterization and certain theatrical devices can and will never change. The only way that these literary devices differ from performance to performance is the way in which they are portrayed and interpreted. In theory, every individual can read the same play, with the same literary devices and choose to perform it in a different style or manner. It is this personal interpretation of the play, which is the most important factor that can help to decide whether or not the performance will be a success. These chosen scenes are possibly some of the most tense and dramatic of the whole play and in order to create this atmosphere Shakespeare has used various forms of imagery including similies. Or if I live, is it not very like The horrible conceit of death and night, Act 4 Scene 3, Lines 36 and 37. Juliet says this in her soliloquy and it reinforces the audience's belief that she is so opposed to her impending marriage with Paris that she is prepared to die. ...read more.

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Shakespeare could have wanted Lady Capulet to copy the Nurse to show how similar their characters are when concerning Juliet. However during a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" Lady Capulet and the Nurse would need to appear as total opposites through their costume, speech and actions until they discovered that Juliet was dead. This would then prove to the audience that they are only united in their grief for Juliet just as at the end of the play the Capulet and the Montague families are united in their grief for Romeo and Juliet. However this unity between the Nurse and Lady Capulet does not last for long as Lady Capulet is left once again feeling isolated and shocked. And cruel Death hath catched it from my sight! Act 4 Scene 5, Line 48. Lady Capulet not only feels alone from the Nurse and her husband but also from God, as she cannot understand why he has taken her only daughter. If she cannot seek solace in God, then who can she seek solace in? The actress playing Lady Capulet would need to appear to soften and connect with the Nurse for a short moment and then quickly correct herself. This would prove to the audience that Lady Capulet and the Nurse are similar in many ways and that Lady Capulet is not what she seems to be and is hiding her true character. This use of repetition isolates Lady Capulet from the other characters. ...read more.

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However due to unforeseen circumstances Romeo does not get the letter that the Friar sends to him and he kills himself believing that he will be with Juliet in death. Overall Juliet's character is the most important in the play. Shakespeare chose to include an impulsive character like Juliet, as it would make a performance of Romeo and Juliet exciting and interesting. I think that in order for a performance of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to be successful it must be performed so that it compliments the original script and the literary devices within it. Its performance must be subtle and the actors and actresses need to be able to portray their characters the way in which Shakespearian actors would have and the way that Shakespeare imagined them to be when he wrote it. Although modern audiences have modern needs Romeo and Juliet is a timeless classic and does not need to be changed for the modern world. In my opinion the perfect performance of Romeo and Juliet is one with little or no scenery and little or no props. In this way there are no distractions and audiences can concentrate on what the characters are saying and what the characters mean. Shakespeare chose to craft these scenes with plenty of imagery and theatrical devices. These literary devices have a huge effect on the play's performance. They were used for a reason so they must be enhanced to gain their full potential. Without them a performance of Romeo and Juliet would not allow the audience to engage in the play and it would have no originality. ...read more.

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