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How does Shakespeare make Act 3 Scene 5 dramatic in romeo and juliet?

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework Dana Harris How does Shakespeare make Act 3 Scene 5 dramatic? The play Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona, Italy, in the 1600s. During this time violence and rivalry had been common around rival families; fighting and feuding because of their differences. Discipline was an issue in a household. Rules and regulations were to be obeyed and if one chose to break the authority, their sins would have to be confessed to the church. Religion was very important to a catholic family. Going to church and praying was an obligation. Parents had a strict conduct at the time. Weddings were arranged usually by the father of the household; mainly choosing a wealthy man to suit his daughter. ...read more.

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Juliet's nurse breaks the atmosphere of tension when she warns that Lady Capulet is approaching the room. ''Your lady mother is coming to your chamber, the day is broke, be wary, look about''. Romeo escaped out through the window just in time. ''Farewell farewell, one kiss and I'll descend'' When Lady Capulet enters Shakespeare uses dramatic irony to cause confusion and misunderstanding between Juliet and her mother. ''Indeed I shall never be satisfied with Romeo, till I behold him- dead''. Lady Capulet believes Juliet wants Romeo dead, however the audience is aware of the truth; Juliet's heart is dead without Romeo. When Capulet enters he speaks kindly to Juliet at first but becomes insulting and violent. Shakespeare is the master of the Elizabethan insult. ...read more.

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''I think it best you married with the county, o he's a lovely gentlemen''. Juliet is discomforted at her nurse's proposal so she goes to see Friar Laurence to see if there is anything he could do to stop herself from marrying Paris. Juliet then states that if this fails she will kill herself. ''Ill to friar to know his remedy, if all else fail, myself have power to die'' this is a self-fulfilling prophecy, which the audience will understand because it was mentioned in the prologue. The fact that the audience knows that the 'star-crossed lovers' will die creates a dramatic atmosphere. Shakespeare makes act 3 scene 5 dramatic through the use of many techniques viz: dramatic irony; the creation of suspense; the use of insults and the prophetic prologue. All of this would have ensured that an Elizabethan theatre audience were sat on the edge of their seats throughout the dramatic and exciting performance. Of this, Shakespeare's most famous tragedy. ...read more.

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