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In Act 3 Scene 5, how does Shakespeare create dramatic effect (including use of language and character interaction)? Romeo and Juliet

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In Act 3 Scene 5, how does Shakespeare create dramatic effect (including use of language and character interaction)? Romeo and Juliet is a tragic story about two "star-crossed" young lovers. It is a very intense play, which is full of twists and unexpected happenings. Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet are from two rival families but they pursue their love for each other, despite the fact that their families have been feuding with each other for decades. Act 3 Scene 5 has many crucial points. This scene is very important from the rest of the play as Romeo is being banished from his hometown (Verona), and Romeo and Juliet, the young couple who are madly in love may never see each other alive again. Shakespeare uses poetic language to express Romeo and Juliet's love. Juliet: "O now be gone; more light and light it grows. Romeo: "More dark and dark our woes." Here as Romeo finishes Juliet's sentence, he finishes it so it becomes a rhyming couplet. The use of language shows the reader how Romeo and Juliet are in tune with each other, which shows that they are truly in love. At the beginning of the scene Shakespeare increases dramatic effect by the language used between Romeo and Juliet, as it keeps the audience waiting and guessing what will be happening next. ...read more.

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Once again Shakespeare throws in another twist to wake up the audience and keep them in suspense. When Lord Capulet enters the scene he uses an extended simile, to show how proud he is of his decision. Furthermore he jokes in the conversation, which stresses how proud he is. "Evermore showering, in one little body". This cheerful side to Lord Capulet here immediately builds tension and the audience start to feel sympathetic towards Juliet. However the audience only began to feel the tension clearly at its ultimate when lord Capulet questions his wife. "Have you delivered to her our decree?" The word 'decree' indicates to the audience that it his word goes and that he is in control. This clearly shows he has a very dominant nature. In Lady Capulet's reply, she uses dramatic irony. "Ay, sir, but she will none, she gives you thanks. I would the fool were married to her grave." Shakespeare hints to the audience about what is going to happen to Juliet later on in the play. This creates dramatic effect as it shows how quick her parents are to abandon her, and the audience feel sympathy for her. Lord Capulet's impatience begins to show. "Take me with you, take me with you wife." Here, the use of repetition increases dramatic effect and shows how confused and furious Lord Capulet is. Lord Capulet begins to ask a series of rhetorical questions. ...read more.

Conclusion

O, he is a lovely gentleman: Romeo's a dish clout to him." Juliet's response is "Well, thou hast comforted me much". Juliet's ironic response to the Nurse shows how deeply hurt she is by her old friends lack of support. Juliet's father and mother have already rejected her, but now even the Nurse has. The audience feels sorry for Juliet as no one supports her, making Juliet feel that everyone has betrayed her and are against her, therefore she states, "If all else fail, myself have power to die." Shakespeare creates dramatic effect by showing how Juliet must be feeling so disappointed and depressed that she would rather kill herself than to re-marry. In conclusion you can clearly see that Shakespeare has created dramatic effect throughout this scene by using language and character interaction. In this scene there is huge dramatic impact, as the turning point comes and completely changes things. At the beginning of the scene Romeo and Juliet are deeply in love and together, and it seems like nothing can go wrong. Then by the end of the scene Romeo and Juliet are both deserted and all alone. Romeo is all alone as he is banished, and Juliet because even though she is surrounded by people, every one has turned against her, including her nurse who she had a special connection with as she was closer to her than her own mother. Nazifa Musa 10RC Page 1 5/9/2007 ...read more.

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