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How does Shakespeare Show Juliet's Changing Emotions and State of Mind though Language and Drama.

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Carly Mckenzie June 11th 2002 How does Shakespeare Show Juliet's Changing Emotions and State of Mind though Language and Drama Introduction Romeo and Juliet, a story of two lovers, was written by William Shakespeare between the years of 1594 and 1596. The basic plot of the play was discovered as early as 3 A.D. and Italian novelists of the 15th century gave it specific features and detail. The names of Capulet and Montague are indeed the historical names of two significant households in ancient Italy but the character names and attitudes are all fictional. The Italians stress that the story is indeed a factual tale and that places such as the Capulet tomb and the Balcony of Giulietta are the places where the tragic tale took place. Juliet doesn't appear in the play until act one scene three where her mother introduces the idea of marriage. This seems strange as she is the heroine of the play yet doesn't appear for a while after most of the others characters (Romeo appears in mid scene of Act one Scene two). In this scene we see the strange, unfamiliar relationship shared between Juliet and her mother we can see this clearly when lady Capulet asks the nurse "thou knowst my daughters of a pretty age". This shows the distant relationship as lady Capulet has to inquire about her daughters' age, the nurse replies that she can tell her age up until an hour, which reflects the closeness and familiarity between the Nurse and Juliet. ...read more.

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Both of the scenes prior to the scenes in question take place in the market place. Each time the market place has appeared in the play there has been confrontation between the Montague's and the Capulet's, it occurred in act one scene one, act two scene four and act three scene one. So you could say that it is expected that when each of the scenes preceding the two scenes in question occur in the market place there is conflict between the two households. In both scenes Juliet opens with a soliloquy. In the first scene she discuses the nurse and how long it is taken her to retrieve the message from Romeo. During her soliloquy she use a lot of time related language. This shows Juliet' eagerness to hear from Romeo through the type of language she uses for example she says that if only gods messengers could move as quickly as thoughts. It then continues and the Nurse returns but withholds information from Juliet on purpose to tease her. Juliet quickly gets agitated by this and demands to know she says "Nurse, tell me" we can see from the rest of the phrase, that the sentence structure has been specially designed to show Juliet's distress, it pauses and jerks to show the desperation in her voice. This can be particularly effective whilst being performed. The occurrences in this scene are mirrored in act three scene two as again the scene has the same form. It also begins with Juliet and a soliloquy, but she doesn't await the Nurse now she is waiting for Romeo for its there wedding night and little does she know he has just been banished. ...read more.

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The Nurse gives a point of view that Juliet doesn't want to hear. She says that she thinks that Juliet will be happier with Paris and so she curses her own heart by it. When Juliet says "amen" she means let it be cursed and from this point on Juliet is left alone. Juliet reacts in different ways to her mother, father and Nurse. To her mother she is aggressive and forthright, to her father she shows fear and even begs him she says "I beseech you on my knees" and to the Nurse she shows little respect but less hostility. Juliet agrees to the marriage but secretly works out a plan with the friar. She must drink a potion which will allow her to appear dead before taking this potion Juliet say another soliloquy in which we see he deepest fears and thoughts of the friar and of the vault. She begins in a rather calm manner but as she draws nearer to taking the potion she works up an excitement she begins to see things. She wonders whether the friar has tricked her or whether she won't wake up, that she will awake the wrong time or that it will just not work at all. She fears of being alone in the vault and going crazy from the fear. By this time she has worked up such a frenzy she thinks that she has seen Tybalts ghost she screams "stay, Tybalt, stay!" she believes he is out to seek revenge on Romeo and so she warns Romeo and in doing so "drinks to thee" and takes the potion. 6099 13330 ...read more.

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