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How does Shakespeare create dramatic tension in Act 3 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet? Explain and comment on Shakespeare’s use of language, the varying thoughts and feelings of the characters and show an appreciation of the social and historical context

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How does Shakespeare create dramatic tension in Act 3 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet? Explain and comment on Shakespeare's use of language, the varying thoughts and feelings of the characters and show an appreciation of the social and historical context. Romeo and Juliet is a play about two feuding families. These are the Capulet (Juliet's family) and the Montague (Romeo's family). This is a crucial scene as it explores every emotion from ecstatic happiness to the deepest anger and saddened sadness. This scene is the last scene that we see both Romeo and Juliet alive and so has made this scene very dramatic. The room this is set in is very small and is done in a small amount of time and so this makes it more dramatic and engaging. In this scene there is a range there are different sections. The atmosphere of this scene is contrasted to the noise of Juliet's father later on in this scene. The beginning is a pleasant and peaceful beginning as Romeo and Juliet's have consummated their marriage and so the environment is personal and affectionate. ...read more.

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The lovers must separate, so shortly after their marriage and its consummation. The total commitment of the lovers to each other is very evident in this scene. They are faced with huge amount of problems but gain strength from their love. At beginning of the scene Juliet's youthful desire to keep Romeo by her side for a few minutes more is replaced by a mature realisation of the consequences if Romeo is taken. Juliet wants to savour the moment and believes that the bird is a nightingale not a lark but Romeo knows it is a lark and is fearing that he may die if he does not leave 'it was the lark, the herald of the morn' Romeo uses a pun in this line. Morn can mean two things the morning and also when you morn for someone death. He then goes on to say 'night's candles are burnt out'. This is a metaphor he has used to show that their passion has gone like the candles and so it is time for him to go. ...read more.

Conclusion

Juliet's mood quickly changes she begins to panic and fear for Romeo 'this doth not so, for divideth us:' Juliet is saying that it is not good for us because it divides us like it divides night and day. At the moment the conversation between Romeo and Juliet is dramatic as the atmosphere is tense and fearful for Romeo. Juliet's tone in speech changes and also is disjointed. Her punctuality has frequent pauses. This reveals Juliet's anxiety and uses Animal imagery to emphasise the separation of the lovers. 'Some say the lark and loathed toad change eyes,' she wants the lark to change voices like the toad changes eyes so she wont know when its day. She then goes on to say 'Hunting thee hence with hunts-up the day' Romeo is being hunted by the lark and death. The larks voice is hunting Romeo and is making Romeo relentless. Juliet's at this stage wants Romeo to go and he echoes her words 'more light and light, more dark and dark our woes!' he contrasts light and dark as light increases a darkness overshadows their happiness. ...read more.

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